But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
Note 9 at Ac 6:4: The Greek word "DIAKONIA" was translated "ministry" here, while it was translated "ministration" in Ac 6:1. In that verse, the ministration was the job that the deacons (Greek - "DIAKONOS," 1Ti 3:8) were selected to do. In this verse, it denoted the job that the apostles would do.
The literal meaning of DIAKONIA is "attendance (as a servant, etc.); figuratively (eleemosynary) aid, (official) service (especially of the Christian teacher, or technically of the diaconate)" (Strong's Concordance). It was used of angels (Heb 1:14) and the church at Thyatira (Re 2:18-19). Paul used this word to describe his own ministry (Ac 20:24, Ro 11:13, and 1Ti 1:12) as well as others' (Col 4:17 and 2Ti 4:5). A deacon and a minister who would fit in one of the five offices listed in Eph 4:11 are both servants, or DIAKONOS. A deacon simply serves in the physical realm, while a minister serves in the spiritual realm.
Note 10 at Ac 6:4: The apostles wisely chose to separate themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. These first ministers of the church set a precedent that should still be followed today. Ministers should be occupied with spiritual things and let deacons tend to physical needs. Many a minister has become spiritually dull because of the physical demands of the ministry dominating all their attention.