Deacons and deaconesses have given significant support to the church since its beginnings. As the early Christian church grew, the apostles found themselves unable to do all the work. Therefore, seven deacons were chosen to assist in helping the poor and the sick, giving both physical and spiritual support (Acts 6:1-7). Several women are included in the list of those who served the church in similar capacities (Acts 9:36, 39; Rom. 16:12). Deacons and deaconesses in the church today still provide the same caring, serving ministries. Through the spiritual gifts God.
has given them, they regularly minister to many practical needs of church members and church property. They provide assistance and encouragement to the poor, sick, and discouraged. They visit hospitals and prisons. They share leadership in administering the ordinances of baptism and communion. Because they are close to the people, they are more sensitivity of the needs of the members. Their input and contribution is of great value.