We read in the New Testament in Acts 6 about the early church calling forward from among its growing numbers a particular group of people to oversee the logistics of certain ministries of compassion and caring. Because of the serving - or service - oriented nature of their ministries, these people have been called in the church "deacons," a term derived from the Greek word meaning servant or to serve.

As it was then, the church today still seeks out people for these ministries who are filled with the Holy Spirit and who are full of wisdom and faith to serve and care for the congregation. As the apostles did in the early church, so today, our elders lay their hands on these servants, pray for them, and commission them for the important ministries to which God has called them and for which the church had chosen them. Like elders, they, too, serve the local church for 3-year terms.