5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
Faith does not separate from the Spirit as if faith itself were not also a gift of the Spirit; but by Spirit means other gifts with which Stephen was endowed.
The laying on of hands is a rite that is consistent with order and dignity because it was used by the apostles.