The office of deacon/deaconess is described in 1 Tim. 3:8-13 (cf. Acts 6:1-7; Rom. 16:1-2). Deacons shall advise and assist the elders in any service that shall support and promote the ministry of prayer and the Word, new and existing ministries of the church, and the care of the members of the congregation. The deacons may be organized in the most fitting way to accomplish the mission of the church. The responsibilities of deacons do not include preaching, teaching, or spiritual oversight, which are the responsibilities of the elders. However, unconnected to their role as deacons, they may teach and preach for the edification of the body (Acts 6-7:53; Tit. 2:3).