The Deacons of the Church are the designated spiritual assistants to the Minsterial staff. Deacons are chosen based on spiritual maturity, active discipleship, consistent bibical study and praxis, and disciplined stewardship. The duties are scriptural: to pray with and care for the sick among us, and to tend to those matters that make it easier for the elders to focus on preaching and teaching the congregation. Both men and women can be deacons according to scripture. In the Bible, Phoebe is described as a deacon. There is no such thing as a Deaconess in scripture. Deacons meet the Saturday before the first Sunday.