Everything is going pretty well for a while, but then a little issue comes up.
Some of the Christians claim that they aren't getting the same quality charity as other Christians. Jealous much?
The twelve apostles don't have time for this nonsense—they need to spend time preaching about Jesus and making the religious authorities stew with anger.
So they appoint seven other men to oversee these ministries and make sure everything is running smoothly. Their names are Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus. Some of those names would have more staying power than others.
This fixes the issue and the good word about Jesus keeps spreading and more new recruits join up every day.
Stephen Does Time
So, of this group of seven, Stephen is pretty awesome. He can even perform miracles.
Naturally, some of the folks in the temple don't appreciate this too much.
One day they start arguing with Stephen. When they can't win the argument fair and square, they get him arrested on charges of blasphemy even though Stephen would never blaspheme. He just doesn't roll like that.
Stephen goes before the council and the baddies get people to come foreword and tells lies about Stephen and the things he's been saying.
The whole time Stephen just stands there with the face of an angel. How could you not acquit him, council?