The deaconship was, next election, bestowed upon Treasurer Kerr.
He was struck down before he got the deaconship, and lives his lost life in mine.
Michael Flory and Samuel Long are elected to the deaconship.
They might possess spiritual gift independently altogether of their deaconship.
Isaac Long is ordained, and Noah Flory is elected to the deaconship.
David Kline is advanced in the ministry, and John Long is elected to the deaconship.
But Calphurnius first served God a long time in the deaconship, and at length closed his days in the priesthood.
Jacob Spitzer is elected to the ministry, and Felix Senger to the deaconship.
Joseph Bowman and Joseph Harshberger are elected to the deaconship.
Here the well administration of deaconship is commended as producing two good effects to such deacons, viz: 1.
Old English deacon, diacon, from Late Latin diaconus, from Greek diakonos "servant of the church, religious official," literally "servant," from dia- "thoroughly" + PIE *kon-o-, from root *ken- "to set oneself in motion."
Anglicized form of the Greek word diaconos, meaning a "runner," "messenger," "servant." For a long period a feeling of mutual jealousy had existed between the "Hebrews," or Jews proper, who spoke the sacred language of palestine, and the "Hellenists," or Jews of the Grecian speech, who had adopted the Grecian language, and read the Septuagint version of the Bible instead of the Hebrew. This jealousy early appeared in the Christian community. It was alleged by the Hellenists that their widows were overlooked in the daily distribution of alms. This spirit must be checked. The apostles accordingly advised the disciples to look out for seven men of good report, full of the Holy Ghost, and men of practical wisdom, who should take entire charge of this distribution, leaving them free to devote themselves entirely to the spiritual functions of their office (Acts 6:1-6). This was accordingly done. Seven men were chosen, who appear from their names to have been Hellenists. The name "deacon" is nowhere applied to them in the New Testament; they are simply called "the seven" (21:8). Their office was at first secular, but it afterwards became also spiritual; for among other qualifications they must also be "apt to teach" (1 Tim. 3: 8-12). Both Philip and Stephen, who were of "the seven," preached; they did "the work of evangelists."