“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold to the mystery of the fair with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested: then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own household well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”
– 1 Timothy 3:8-13
This is a year of first for us at City on a Hill. We just recently celebrated our one year anniversary as a church plant, just a couple of months ago we installed our first members, and this month we installed our first two deacons at the church.
Just under a year ago we began a teaching campaign in the fall of 2013 where we went through the entire bible, looking at the major themes that run throughout the scripture. As we got into the New Testament we spent an entire week answering the question regarding who leads inside the church and we talked about the role of deacons and the role of elders.
WHO CAN BE A DEACON?
Not just anyone. John Piper uses the analogy of doors when describing the various aspects of leadership inside the church. Anyone and everyone can come to church. The door for membership is slightly tighter due to the fact that those people must be professing Christians. The door for deacons is also considerably more tight due to the fact that the bible places certain duties and character requirements on these individuals. The door for eldership (senior church leadership) is the tightest as the qualifications are the most weighty. At City on a Hill we believe eldership is solely reserved for men, while the office of deacons may be occupied by both men and women (see ESV Study Bible pg. 2328, 2330).
WHAT DO DEACONS DO?
They are there to help. They are the muscle of the church. Their role exist to help and serve the elders and people of the local church in varying capacities. Currently, the area where we find ourselves in the greatest need is on Sunday mornings. Due to the fact that we are a mobile church there is a added complexity to how we execute our services and show hospitality. At the current moment, are helping us with our set-up/tear-down process.
Shawn is married to Brandi Bittner with whom he has three children (Isaac, Riley & Noah) and tons of household pets. He is working an an aerospace engineer for Gulf Stream in Pooler GA. Shawn love Jesus and the church. This shows in his incredible dedication in his area of service. For the past year he has ben serving on our set-up/tear-down team, teaching children and faithfully attending our community groups while exhibiting hospitality to all he interacts with. Shawn is serving as deacon of our set-up/tear down teams.
The older brother of John Hormel, Mark lives in Metter and works for Great Dane in Statesboro. Mark likewise has been faithfully committed to City on a Hill from the first day he became attending. Shortly after attending for the first time, Mark began working behind the scenes to make sure that all of our guest and visitors were being greeted and treated well. Park of that entails him serving and spearheading the cafe on a weekly basis. Mark is actively plugged the City on Collins (our weekly community group in the region) and will be serving as our hospitality deacon.
Please join me in welcoming these men as Deacons of City on a Hill!