Deacons assist the church by attending to physical, administrative matters. A person’s life and character must pass certain criteria before qualifying one to serve as a deacon.
The apostles gave requirements in the election of the first deacons in the church of Jerusalem. Paul also gives Timothy selection criteria for deacons. He states the reason for this is that “you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15, NIV).