Why was the position of “deacon” created?


In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:1-4
            In Acts 6, the first deacons appear as a support staff to the teaching pastors.  The apostles were busy in the growing church preaching, leading studies, evangelizing and didn’t have time for some of the ground work, the ministry to widows specifically.  The deacons were ordained to be the hands and feet of ministry, allowing the apostles to be the spokesmen.