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
The Central Union Mission in Washington, DC exemplifies the holistic approach of faith-based organizations to alleviating poverty.
From the Streets to the Pews: A Story of Holistic Healing by Emily Davisson
How are or are CRC deacons addressing issues of waste, injustice, and selfishness?
All three offices share in the great challenge of the church leadership: the equiping of the saints, together, but also each in its own way.
Even if you read last year's Diakonia Remixed Report to Synod 2013, you might have missed this very important study on "diakonia" in Scripture by Dr. Mariano Avila.
A useful handbook for understanding, developing, and implementing an effective benevolence ministry.
Exploring ways and reasons to do diaconal ministry with others in the community.
This post written by Bernita Tuinenga, Co-Executive Director of Volunteers in Service (based in Grand Rapids, MI), explains and addresses the problem of enabling behavior that too often characterizes how we do and understand diaconal ministry.
10 important paradigm shifts needed by those of us engaged in community diaconal work.
A true story about how a group of churches working with their community developed a better way to alleviate hunger and poverty.
Changing from diaconal ministry "to" and "for" others to one of "with."
Do you have mandates for your work as elders and deacons? Do you regularly review the vision of your ministry? Have you looked at how the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government defines your responsibilities?
What we know and how we think about our neighbors makes a difference!
How can deacons equip their congregations for diakonia?
Are CRC deacons fulfilling their calling?
I would like to offer a roundtable on this topic in the Chicagoland area. Some churches may have retreats? Maybe some other ideas about length of time? Any other ideas welcome!
How you think about community and why it matters!
Hello, my name is Jack Kooyman and I am very pleased and grateful for the opportunity to be your new Network Guide for the Deacon's section. I presently serve as the Executive Director for the Holland Deacons' Conference and am a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids.
As the seasons change so too must guides change. Today I say farewell, but I also say welcome to our new guide...
As a church body we are multi-generational, so how do we deal with the lack of "like mindedness" that may come when we are serving on a team spanning generations?
Several years ago, our church adopted the practice of Faith Promise Giving (FPG). This change in our approach was initiated in response to annual deficits in our financial year-end. Slowly but steadily, this ‘new’ way of giving has changed our perspective...
How do we look at tithing missionally? Many times people begin talking about tithing by going to Malachi 3:10 where God tells his people to bring in the whole tithe and he will bless them. Great. Okay. So tithing leads to blessing, right? Yes and no.The purpose of tithing is not to be blessed but to bless...
Looking for tips on how to do hospital visits well? Applicable not only to deacons, but also to pastors, elders or anyone who offers compassionate care, this blog post shares some dos and don'ts to help you out! You can also add your own...