Main article: Office

Those who occupy the office of a deacon are merely servants. If overseers care for the spiritual needs of the assembly, deacons care for the material needs. The first mention of deacons in scripture is in Acts 6:1-6, where the assembly chose “seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom”. Distributing to the poor saints, counting and carrying funds, etc. are the functions of a deacon. Notice in 1 Corinthians 16 that Paul would not presume – though he was an apostle – to appoint deacons to carry the collection from Corinth. In scripture, apostles (and delegates) appointed elders, but the assembly did not; however, the assembly appointed deacons, but apostles did not! Honesty is especially important when it comes to choosing deacons. Further requirements for deacons are given in 1 Tim. 3. Notice also the plurality of deacons.