Story Saturday- Multiplying Leadership

Hi Friends,

Tomorrow we have the honor of having Sam Cardillo installed as a deacon at Christ Church.  The word deacon means “servant.”  We see in the BIble that deacons served the church by freeing pastors from having to bear administrative burdens of the church, so that they could be free to focus on the church’s spiritual needs.  Deacons are not pastors.  They don’t bear the responsibility of spiritual authority, shepherding, or teaching in the church.  But they are tremendously important as they function as lead servants to bring administrative support so that the church can stay aligned with its mission.

Because of the importance of this role, God gives requirements for deacons.  We see these in 1 Timothy 3:8-13

Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.  And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.  Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.  Let deacons be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.  For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.  (1Ti 3:8-13 NAS)

The members of Christ Church have been asked if they affirm that Sam Cardillo meets these requirements.  The unanimous response has been Yes.  Sam will serve us by overseeing the financial stewardship of the church, as well as facility repairs, maintenance and renovations.  Sam is skilled in both areas and we have already been benefiting from his leadership in these things over the past few months (You have him to thank that our A/C project finally got done!)

Please pray for Sam as he transitions into this new role.  He will be serving for a two year term that can be renewed, as long as we don’t burn him out :)

We are continuing to grow Christ Church and having more leaders is just one sign of how Jesus is building our church.  Praise God for how He is at work!

Gratefully,

Pastor Jeff

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