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The Joy of Generosity

It was recently observed that although our weekly worship service attendance had increased steadily over the last few years—thanks be to God!—our weekly giving had not. Why? My mentor reminded me this isn’t necessarily a bad sign, as our church does bring in people with little if any church background. For some of those folks, giving to the church is a new thing, and must be taught. So that’s what I set out to do...

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The Stewardship Series

Financial stewardship is a topic we don't touch on frequently in the church, yet we deal with money daily! This week we're starting our journey into the questions related to tithing, giving and money in general.

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Is it about the % we give away, or the $ we spend?

The interesting discussion in this other thread got me thinking... From God's perspective, I wonder if it's less about how much I give away and more about how much I decide to keep (for my wants and self-perceived 'needs'). If so, then the issue of what does/doesn't count as a tithe becomes secondary. Should we focus on the % we give away, or on the $ we spend on our lifestyles? It seems we tend to focus on the %.
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Diakonia Remixed Report To Synod

The Diakonia Remixed report goes to Synod in a few months - have you read it?  Been talking about it at your council or classis meetings?  It's a good time to start preparing so that when it's time for the discussion!

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Prayers For The People

We're called to devote ourselves to prayer.  This year let's take that call seriously and intentionally pray for our communities knowing that God is moving, his kingdom is coming, and we have a calling to fulfill.

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Christmastime!

It's Christmas Day!  How did your deacon team share the joy and hope of Christ's birth with those in your congregation and community? What did you try to do to make this season reflect more truly the greatest gift we've ever received - Jesus - God become man?

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The Poverty Line

We, as deacons, are called to a ministry of mercy.  With the recent economy financial poverty has become more prevalent. The movie "The Line" shares the stories of people living at or below the poverty line in the US, and inspires us to rid ourselves of wrong assumptions and judgements. 

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Getting Started as a New Deacon (2012)

This webinar is designed to assist you in understanding the role and purpose of a deacon, where your skill and interests fit with this calling, how to best help people who are struggling, and to identify who are the deacon’s partners in ministry.

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Need Encouragement?

Our diaconal responsibilities may sometimes feel repetitive or the nature of needs we're facing may be daunting.  There comes a time when a break from the typical is helpful to refocus our energies and inspire us in new ways.  Diaconal Ministires of Canada is hosting two "Day of Encouragement" events - and it could be exactly what you're looking for right now!

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Deacon Related Webinar Alert!

On October 17th at 9am EST there is a webinar feature for deacons (or anyone really)!  This is a great opportunity  to gain practical information about what a deacon is, does and how to partner and serve well in your community!  All the information is here... 

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Everyone's A Deacon!

There's the old joke about how the Bible says that the man is always supposed to make coffee - HE BREWS - but I'm not making a joke when I say WE'RE ALL DEACONS!  Are you surprised?  Worried? Eager? Confused? 

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Deacons - Be Known!

It's easy to assume everyone knows who the deacons are, or what they do in a congregation, however that's not the truth!  And when people are confused about what a deacon is, or who to contact when there is a concern, your ministry will not fully attain all its potential. Here are 5 things you can do to be known in your congregation:

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What We Don't See [Video]

In order to serve well as deacons we need to be in tune to the needs of the congregation and community in which we serve. How good are your observational skills?  Take this awareness test and find out! (You don't have to be a deacon to take the test!)

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Lies and Listening

Tonight one of my friends asked me how I was doing. I replied "good" in an optimistic voice and continued on with what I was doing. Another friend walking behind me replied, "you know, it's okay if you aren't good". I paused and had to acknowledge that she was right. I had given a programmed response.  Are you as quick to lie and prevent authentic conversation?
 

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Summertime Reflection

It's summertime!  As this is often a "slower" time in ministry, it becomes a great time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead! 

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Disabilities and Deacons: Hand in Hand?

People with disabilities are often marginalized in our communities and our churches.  Join Mark and myself over the next four weeks as we explore how what disabilities are, what they might look like in our midst, and how Deacons can be a catalyst for justice for people with disabilities.

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