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Deacon Webinar Alert!

TOMORROW (May 16th, noon) we have the opportunity to participate in a webinar geared specifically to the work of deacons. Join Bernita Tuinenga and Dave Ellens as they identify the main roles of the deacon, discuss how they can be more effective with benevolence needs, and learn how to encourage good stewardship...

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The Mercy Of Hospitality

Showing hospitality can take many different forms as it's expressed through different people and in a variety of situations. Lately I've been thinking about hospitality as an act of mercy. Mercy for the person who is alone. Mercy for the person who feels uncomfortable in a social setting. Mercy for the person who needs assistance.

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Deacon Support Networks

We all need a little help now and then. Though we may like to believe we can do it ourselves, we actually might be able to do our ministry more effectively by getting some assistance. Fortunately for deacons there are organizations and resources available to support us. In this blog two are named - and we're looking for more... 

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How to do elder/deacon orientation and hand-off?

In June, our congregation will elect new elders and deacons. As deacons, we have recently begun talking about ways to effective transition the tasks of retiring deacons to those who remain and those who will be joining, and to orient the new deacons to the office and its responsibilities. Rather than trying to continue going it alone, we were hoping that some folks out here on the network would have some good ideas on how to do transition and orientation effectively.
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Truth And Reconciliation

As the church we have the responsibility to act justly - yet we often shy away from complex justice issues.  In Canada, a new initiative is seeking truth and reconciliation for those Aboriginal persons and communities that have been affected by attending residential schools. How should we respond as individuals, churches and a denomination?

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Sermons We See

A poem by Edgar Guest reminds us that our lives are sermons, and invites us as leaders to live out our faith - as it is often more powerful to see a sermon lived out than to listen to one.  "I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell ..."

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Deacons: An Elder Training Ground

The role of the deacon is best utilized to prepare people to become elders.  Useful as a "training ground" for future elders, the office of the deacon is the perfect place to introduce folks to council without having too much responsibility!  NEWSFLASH: This isn't the truth!  

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The Seventh Inning Stretch

It's seventh inning stretch time. This is the time of the year when the initial gusto of the start has waned, and now, you may find yourself in a bit of a rut. I always hope not, but the reality is that it happens. We get tired. It's tough. What should we do about it?

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Live The Good Old Days Now

As children our lives are full of opportunities - and we seem to create endlessly in all sorts of ways.  As we get older our lives change, our priorities and responsibilities look different and we may find ourselves idealizing those good old days, rather than living fully now.  As deacons we can encourage hope and inspire joy simply by living truly.

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When the Servants are Governors

Getting the roles of governance and ministry mixed up is the crippling confusion in many councils. For deacons, the role confusion can be even more painful and debilitating. Are deacons primarily decision makers? Or are they ministers of benevolence and mercy? Are they sometimes both?

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Deacon People

The church is made up of people.  Deacon teams are too.  I'm thankful for the people who serve our congregations, and today we hear a brief reflection from an everyday deacon - someone like you! 

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Deacon Resources on The Network

A gold mine of information exists in the realms of the Deacon network! When was the last time you checked out the "All Resources" section? If you've browsed it, you've noticed tabs for articles, blogs, resources and  websites. The wealth of information you can access is phenomenal! 

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Devotions For Deacons

How do you start your deacon meetings?  Would you be interested in devotions that explore your calling to this role, while helping you understand the charge to deacons?  Diaconal Ministries of Canada has provided deacons with another great resource - Devotions for Deacons!

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The Sad Cherry Tree

There sits in the centre of our backyard a beautiful young healthy cherry tree, yet its story is a sad one of limited potential.  As we begin a new year will your story be like the cherry tree's?  Or will you embrace the opportunities and dreams God has given you?

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How We Enter

It's been said that 90% of life is just showing up. I realized this week that HOW we show up is important. I think  many of us (myself included) need to take a good hard look at the attitudes we are bringing to the table when we enter a particular situation, because it affects waaaaaay more than just ourselves.

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Diakonia Remixed: Terms for Deacons

Melissa Van Dyk mentioned the results of the Diakonia Remixed survey in her blog post and raised some questions concerning terms for deacons. The task force would like to take the opportunity, in this blog post, to preview some of our work and hear your feedback regarding terms for deacons.

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The Results Are In!

The Diakonia Remixed Deacon Task Force has shared the responses from the survey taken earlier this year.  With over 333 responses, it helps paint the landscape of diaconal ministry in the CRCNA.  Reviewing the survey I had two responses...

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Giving Space For God's Voice

If God is present in each conversation we are having, can we allow his voice to be heard?  Or are we too busy inputting our own opinions and advice to actually allow the Spirit to speak.  What might happen if we became people who actually let God say what needs to be said...?

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Christmas Initiatives - What Does Your Church Do?

 We are entering the Christmas season and, as deacons, there are a lot of different initatives that we can undertake to help spread the hope and joy of this time.  As we engage in these converations among our teams it can be helpful to brainstorm and share best practices from other congregations, so, let's do just that!

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You Add, God Multiplies

"You Add, God Multiplies" is more than a catchy phrase, it's the reality of what happens when, as churches, we pool our resources to accomplish more ministry than we could do each on our own.  Unfortunately there is a lot of confusion about what Ministry Shares are and what they do...

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Companioning Case-Managers, Not The Experts

When we offer help to someone we can have the crazy notion that we need to fix the whole issue ourselves.  We would do more for those we offer assistance if we understood our role as referring folks to the resources of our broader community, without abandoning them.

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Over-Committed Seeks Sabbath

When we're running on empty, in overdrive, going from commitment to commitment, we barely seem to have time to sleep, let alone rest or take Sabbath time... but that's exactly what we need to do.  We have to stop, and take a moment to ponder "is what I'm thinking, saying and doing WORTH thinking saying and doing?"

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Listening in on a Conversation

What should the church be doing, then, if government effort seems to have little effect, except maybe for providing ongoing relief? How should the church shape its own response? Can the church actually REDUCE poverty and dependence on programs that help? Even just in our neighborhood? Seems like that’s the ideal...

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