There are two "offices" given in the New Testament for leading and organizing a local church: elders and deacons.
According to the New Testament, deacons are to provide material and logistical support to the church. Deacons are servants by definition. The Greek word diakonos, from which we get our English word deacon, means “servant.” For example, it refers to those who "wait tables."*
Whereas elders are required to be able to teach (1 Tim. 3:2) and are said to shepherd and oversee the church (Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2), deacons are not given these responsibilities. This means that deacons are officers of the church but not authorized to oversee the church (Phi 1:1; Rom 16:1; 1 Tim 3:8-13).
In Acts 6 the apostles lead the church in Jerusalem to select seven men to oversee the daily distribution of food so that duties like “waiting (diakonein) on tables” would not distract them from “prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4). It was for “this duty” (Acts 6:5) that the first deacons were appointed. Thus, whereas elders teach and lead the church, deacons serve the church by caring for its practical needs.
The specific needs and service opportunities available in Beacon Church will grow and change as the church grows. Deacons should seek to facilitate the church’s ministry by caring for its physical needs in a way that promotes unity and godliness.
The deacons of Beacon Church currently include Jerry and Judi Neudorf, and Chris Winsor. You can email the deacons here.*Adapted from ‘What Are the Biblical Responsibilities of a Deacon?’, 9Marks, accessed 9 May 2023, https://www.9marks.org/answer/what-are-biblical-responsibilities-deacon/.