The New Testament teaches that congregations of the Lord’s church, in addition to elders, appointed servants; referred to as “deacons” (Philippians 1:1).
This word deacon is dervied from the Greek word diakonos, which means servant, minister, or messenger. Like elders, these men are to be appointed based upon the qualifications that are found and spelled out in the Holy Scriptures (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
They carry out various works of service, under the direction of the eldership, to all members of the local church. The men who desire and are appointed unto his work, have met the qualifications as listed in the scriptures and serve the congregation loyally and faithfully.