Many topics mention deacons, usually from the point of view that they are a thorn in the flesh. In most churches, Deacons are considered as part of the leadership. Also most deacons are elected for three year terms, even though pastors are normally indefinite. It is my belief that deacons are to take care of the physical needs of the congeration. (ie take food to the needy) Spiritual needs should be taken care of by the pastor and elders. What is the position of your church on these matters?