The basis behind the appointment of Deacons in the early church is set out in Acts 6: 1 - 7. The number of the disciples was growing and it became difficult for the Twelve apostles to serve both their spiritual and physical needs. The Grecian Jews among the disciples complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. The need for assistance by others therefore arose so that the Twelve apostles could concentrate on the Ministry of the Word of God. This is how the office of the Deacon was conceived. Seven men were then elected as Deacons.
The Deacons were to be those known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. They are also to be men and women worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine and not pursuing dishonest gain (1 Timothy 3 Verse 8).
As for a male Deacon, he must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well (Verse 12).
In the same way that the Deacons in the early Church were elected to serve, so are we. We must endeavour to give our best service guided by the Holy Spirit. The duties and the manner in which we are expected to perform the same are as set out hereunder:-