RE Verse reading–Acts 6:1-7, 11:27-30 (day one) “Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task. (6: 3) Many people believe this narrative marks the beginning of the deacon ministry. While not called deacons (Greek deaconos, “servant”) in this story, the pattern is beginning to emerge. There were (and always will be) MANY necessary tasks in the life of a church that ministers will not have skill or time to care for. To these tasks are called dedicated men who serve the Savior alongside the ministers. It is not hard for me to speak on this subject. For over 25 years I have witnessed the valuable contribution that Deacons make to the life and ministry of a New Testament church. I have been priviledged to serve with them. They have provided me the opportunity to pray and preach! I thank God for the deacons I have known.