Deacons. The Scriptural purpose of the office of deacon is to care for the physical needs at the direction of the pastor. This will allow the pastor to spend time in prayer, Bible study, counseling, soul winning, and church business. Deacons are appointed to certain works. I found it best to rotate deacons off every one, two, or three years depending upon the congregational vote. I used the ballot system to avoid any public disagreement. The nominees came from the current deacons. Any deacon could veto any nominee without discussion.