4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions [sin] —it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
In the PCA the diaconate is an office of sympathy and service. It expresses the communion of saints found in the church, especially in their helping one another in time of need. The deacons regularly care for the needs of those in the congregation and in the community.