• “The fact that these brethren had been ordained for the special work of looking after the needs of the poor did not exclude them from teaching the faith. On the contrary, they were fully qualified to instruct others in the truth, and they engaged in the work with great earnestness and success.”— AA 90.
• Today appointment of deacons/deaconess through election brings similar blessings in church administration by relieving pastors, elders, and other officers of duties that deacons may perform well. “The time and strength of those who in the providence of God have been placed in leading positions of responsibility in the church should be spent in dealing with the weightier matters demanding special wisdom and largeness of heart. It is not in the order of God that such men should be appealed to for the adjustment of minor matters that others are well qualified to handle.”—AA 93.
• Duties of Deacons/Deaconess—Their work involves a wide range of services for the church, including:
i. Assistance at Services and Meetings
ii. Visitation of Members
iii. Greeting and Visiting Guests and Members
iv. Assistance & Preparation for Baptismal Services
v. Assistance & Arrangements for the Communion Service
vi. Care of the Sick and Aiding the Poor and Unfortunate
vii. Care and Maintenance of Property