Unequal distribution of food to Greek-speaking widows has the potential to divide the Jerusalem church. The problem is solved by appointing seven to help in the distribution.
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One of the tasks that Timothy had before him was to assess potential candidates for ministry, so Paul outlined some qualifications for those who desired to lead. These credentials, along with those given to Titus, comprise the biblical standard for designated leaders within the body of Christ.
This is a key chapter in that it introduces the role of the deacon or “servant” within the early church. From this point on, we’ll see church leadership separated into the roles of elders and deacons or shepherds and servants.
One of the first deacons, Stephen, had a remarkable ministry, which brought him to the attention of the Sanhedrin, the ruling council in Jerusalem. He was eventually brought before them where he was falsely accused.