The first seven were chosen to handle practical ministry of the body, freeing the disciples up for prayer and the ministry of the word.
They were chosen by the people from among the people to serve the people.
A Deacon is a position of service through which they lead the members as ministry in the body in serving in the body and in the community around.
They laid hands on them, setting them aside for this ministry.
The word of God spread, and the number of the disciples increased rapidly. This only happens when we all are doing our part for the Kingdom of God.
A Charge to Deacon Candidates:
- Be assistants to the pastor
- Be servants to the church
- Be witnesses to the world
A Charge to the Church:
- To pray for them
- To encourage them
- To follow them