Here's a review of Brian Fikkert and Kelly M. Kapic's recent book, A Field Guide To Becoming Whole. The book and field guide are helpful in understanding where traditional responses to poverty have missed the mark.
Does your church council talk regularly about the spiritual health of your congregation? Here is a set of twelve devotionals that will lead your elders and deacons to focus on your church's flourishing.
When it comes to deacons at classis and synod, what is your immediate reaction? In our many discussions with deacons (and other ministry leaders), we came to realize this is a pretty hot topic!
Best Christian Workplaces Institute is an employee engagement ministry "dedicated to helping Christian leaders and organizations achieve their full potential." Here are some great resources they have shared.
The summer 2019 issue of For Deacons focuses on the call that is at the heart of the office of deacons. Find stories of deacons living out the call, as well as tools for deacons eager to live out the call.
I've been wanting elders and deacons to weigh in on this question: What do you wish you had known when you were first installed in office?
In the context of today's world the mandate of mercy and justice that is at the heart of the call on the office of deacon is both profound and challenging. We need to keep the call in front of us as deacons to continue to live into it more fully
I'm wondering if the CRCNA has any affiliation with International Needs Canada? Should we support another Christian community development agency other than World Renew?
It is our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, which not only includes personally in our homes, but also corporately, in our churches. So whose job is it to lead the charge in our churches? It's YOURS, Deacons!
In this short interview, Dr. Steve Timmermans, Executive Director of the CRCNA, reflects on the refocused expectations of deacons laid out by Synod 2015.
In this newsletter, the role of deacons in exercising their justice mandate is explored. Find helpful links and resources on an area of ministry that is urgent for today's world, but can be daunting to initiate.
One of the mandates for deacons is "Be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society, and be sensitive counselors to the victims of such evils." How has your church or diaconate lived into this mandate?
This article reviews the functions that flow out of the 'oath of office' deacons take when they are installed in their role. Find suggestions and numerous links as to how deacons can faithfully fulfill this leadership function.
This article helps a diaconate think through how to respond to their call to "be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society" and provides helpful links to a host of resources.
This issue of For Deacons looks at the benefits of doing ministry together at a regional or classical level, principles to use, and an example of how Volunteers in Service is making this work in Grand Rapids, MI.