The office of Deacon is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need. They are to exhibit the characteristics listed in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. They are also entrusted with the care of the property. They are nominated and voted on by the congregation and undergo an 18-month mentoring training process.