Deacons Harnessing "God Gifts"
February 21, 2011
Updated February 27, 2014
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Guest blog by Sue HulstThe Synodical Task Force for Diaconal Ministry has been challenged with the following: to help the CRC “to structure their diaconal ministry in ways that allow for effective coordination of ministry efforts that transform the community and the church, as members minister in and with their community. This harnesses ‘God gifts’ in the community for community benefit.”
One example of an effort to work together and “to harness God gifts in the community for community benefit” is the Holland Deacons Conference of Classis Holland. HDC has been serving Classis Holland and the greater Holland community for over 30 years by establishing a home for victims of abuse and homes for developmentally challenged adults, by working with community organizations like Good Samaritan Center, by helping the local Free Health Clinic and Lakeshore Little Peoples Place Christian Daycare, working with Buen Pastor Ministry to children of migrant workers, and more. Truly a demonstration of what can happen when deacons work together without regard for boundaries.
The Synodical challenge is before us as well. To serve well we need to ask and honestly answer some tough questions:
The challenge is here. Let’s work together to transform our communities and the church!
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