Have you ever had one of those days when you just want to throw in the towel and yell "ENOUGH - I CAN'T DO THIS ANYMORE!"? Many of us have gone through that. How is it possible to continue when you feel there is nothing left to give?
Everything in our being craves shalom. This is why when we see people hurting, we want them to be free of their pain. We know it's not right. It's not what God intended. So, we try to rescue them, perhaps we even try to be their saviour... but is that what we're called to?
The lights dim, a hush falls over the crowd, anticipation builds for the grand unveiling of… A NEW GUIDE FOR THE DEACONS NETWORK. Everyone waits, barely wanting to take a breath. The curtain lifts. It’s...
What does it look like from THAT perspective? You're going to find out. The new deacon guide - it's a generational thing!
Pentecost! Synod! These words go together – or they ought to! And CHURCH, and INCARNATION. And without the Spirit, what would incarnation be? What could be more incarnational than...
When it's transition time on the church council, how can it be as smooth and as affirming as possible? Relief for the tired retirees and honor for the incoming new members are just not adequate marks of transition! What does your council do to make transitions healthy and as pleasant as possible?
It seems like there is a leadership crisis in many of our churches, specifically relating to our council roles of deacon and elder. Many congregations are struggling to find individuals who are able or willing to step into these roles. What’s going on? Why is this happening?
Some of us thrive on turmoil, unanswered questions, and unclear directions. Most of us don't. How can we be effective leaders in our respective roles when our own anxieties are snapping at our heels?
"Diaconia Remixed" is a new task force to revitalize and rethink the role of deacons in the Christian Reformed Church. Can you help us as we get started?
One of the things that has stumped me as a Deacon is trying to translate the broad descriptions of the office of Deacon into practical tasks that will support that vision. I realize that the "to do" list of a deacon will vary quite a bit depending on each churches culture, needs and community. I...
Unemployment! Can deacons help? In this economy, and in many communities, our churches come in contact with job seekers. What can deacons do? The church is not an employment agency, but deacons can be a powerful resource to support discouraged job seekers...
Does your church congregation vote on the annual church budget? Church Order is really vague and church practice seems to be extremily diverse. If your congregation votes on the budget how do they become familiar enough with it to "own" it. Thanks..
"...the more we pursued spiritual formation, the more we were convinced that Christlike people intentionally reach out to those who are ignored, forgotten and marginalized.... We make room for them... because this is what Jesus did."
"Who today is the focus of [the deacons'] task? Our church order and ordination form emphasize the necessity of addressing widening circles of need that center in the congregation. Is this a good distinction for us to be making? Do we run the risk of ignoring greater needs because we see only
What would make a “persuasive listener”? Well, obviously it’s someone who has already listened well to God’s leading and is listening from within God’s presence. Listening from within God’s presence would attune me to the Spirit’s leading and discerning.
You know there is a topic that NEEDS to be discussed. You WANT it to be addressed. And you KNOW it'll cause tension, stress and maybe bad feelings if you bring it up. What to do? Leaders in our congregations need to know how to help the membership deal with difficult topics in fruitful and safe ways. It can be
God seems to be offering our congregation a remarkable set of exciting opportunities in the past year. It's certainly not that we've been working so hard to cultivate this particular set of events!
Want a handy way to run a pre-flight check before serving as a deacon? Want to start a good discussion with fellow deacons? Want to have a discussion at deacons' meeting about "how we're doing"? Here are a few thought-provoking questions!
When we relate the Jesus stories to our economic behavior, we do not find obvious and easy applications. And so we act as a community of discernment - testing our answers and our applications together. We need each other for this vital task.
Our church receives a lot of requests for assistance. We regularly make food dishes and food and gas vouchers available. We make funds available to help pay bills. The requests for assistance come for our members, friends/neighbours of our members and from those outside our church. As deacons...
What if deacons across the denomination began to brainstorm and dialog together about how to strengthen the office of deacon? What if we blew down the mail box of the deacon task force with great ideas, incisive questions, and vivid stories?
I have Jesus-following friends who disagree – strongly – about what the national budget should look like. I have conflicting convictions within myself! But does it have anything to do with deacons?
A need, a hunger, a challenge, a deadline.... what reasons would YOU add to this list of reasons why it's good to be a deacon NOW? I've come up with only 6! Who will see my six and raise me at least one?
We deacons are in a leadership role and as such our job is to empower, prepare, nurture and disciple our congregation to go out into the world and do the real work of the church. How do we do this?
Within minutes my guts started to knot up as he discounted what others were saying in order to push his ideas on the group. Leaders need to listen – nowhere more than in the Church