What is the practice of your church regarding deacon selection, ordination, and service and what is your biblical basis? In every church (all Baptist) where I have served, Acts 6 figures very prominently in both the training literature and ritual of ordination. Doesn't Acts 6 refer to any and all lay positions of service rather than the single translated "office of deacon"? Doesn't Acts 6 also refer to a specific area of service needed (administration to the widows and orphans) infering a limited and fixed (both in time and area of responsibility) area of service? If so, how do we justify a standing board of deacons in our churches? Concerning the service that deacons provide to your church (not including the board of directors function that has no biblical basis), could and should these functions be better performed by adult Sunday school classes or other similarly defined small groups within your church?