This book is a useful resource for deacons, as well as anyone else engaged in mission and/or ministry with those on the margins of society. Check it out!
While simply sending deacons to meetings of Classis and Synod will not create change on its own, it is part of a new future.
Thoughts regarding the role of a deacon from Romans 1.
I'm sharing a story of an experience in Grace CRC's food pantry. I'd like some feedback on any aspect of this story.
Although I feel excited to celebrate this God-given sacrifice, I also find myself struggling with the outpouring of material giving at this time of year. When I reflect, I wonder if present giving outweighs presence giving.
World Renew is offering an online newsletter just for deacons known as Deacons Link to which you can subscribe for free. This issue of the Deacons Network is providing readers with a copy of the November issue as a sample of what you will receive when you sign up.
If you’re new to the role of deacon, or gathering helpful tools for those who are joining the council, you’ll find plenty of helpful resources on The Network.
I am curious if anyone has experience providing individuals in financial trouble with interest free loans as a ministry of benevolence. If so, could you share what you have learned from doing this? Are there legal issues I'm unaware of? I haven't found much on this topic from my cursory skimming...
According to Karl Barth, "Deacons cannot be expected to meet all the material needs of society, but they should be permitted to look deeper into the roots of the social issues causing those needs." This and other insights by Barth are shared with us by Dr. David Guretzki in this online article.
These ideas give brief, clear, helpful guidance for ministering with people affected by disabilities, especially pastors, elders, deacons, and care team members.
Faith & Finances is a biblically integrated financial education curriculum designed specifically for low-income people.
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith...
Has your church found it difficult to get people to serve as Deacons and Elders? Here's how one CRC congregation changed and improved their process for selecting and equipping deacons.
Bob Lupton, longtime urban missionary and author of Toxic Charity talks about the importance of preserving and giving dignity in the exchange process.
How mercy ministry in the local church transforms us all.
What are, should or could deacons be doing about injustice? What resources are available to help deacons carry out this aspect of their Charge?
This training tool provides those who aspire to the calling of deacon, an overview of the office, role and function in the body of Christ. T
What do you think deacons need most and how might that or those needs best be met?
Diaconal Ministries Canada is providing CRC deacons with a 2nd set of devotions for use at monthly deacon meetings as a result of the positive response to their first set in 2011.
This 3 minute video does a very nice job of explaining and highlighting the what, why, and how of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) for local congregations.
A brochure from Communities First Association that provides a succinct explanation of the differences between church that does ministry in, to/for, and with a community . . . and why it matters.
Join World Renew for our inaugural online course! Beginning on July 7, you are invited to explore how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself, based on When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.
A strong diaconal assembly goes beyond the scope of "one at a time" mercy and benevolence ministry; together we address root causes and we conspire and act together to change the systems perpetuating poverty in our community.
Whether you're a seasoned deacon or someone who's new to church leadership, this handbook will help you perform your duties with efficiency and compassion in a way that shows the love of God to those around you.
Proposed Changes for Deacons from The Task Force to Study the Offices of Elder and Deacon