The Acts of the Apostles
testifies to the belief and practice of
creating orders in the early
They appointed presbyters for them in each church and,
with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord
in whom they had put their faith.
They presented these men (seven diaconoi) to the
apostles who prayed and laid hands on them.
Then they (Peter and John) laid hands on them and
they received the holy Spirit.