The first Christian deacons

A scripture on the church doing good. It is a charge from the twelve apostles to create the first board of deacons, charged with overseeing food distribution:

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, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word. (Acts 6:3-4)

From Article 13 of the Confession of Faith from a Mennonite Perspective:

We believe: The mission of the church involves both word and deed, evangelism and service, proclaiming Christ’s message and demonstrating, by the life of the church, the nature of the new creation in Christ. Neither word alone nor deed alone is sufficient for mission. Word explains deed, and deed authenticates word.