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Stories That Touched My Heart

Today I discovered the Reformed Church in America's (RCA) booklet entitled "The Ministry of the Deacon" by Betty Voskuil. It offers a brief but helpful look at the biblical concept of deacon, and the working out of the concept in the history of the RCA. Voskuil notes that...

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The Deacon in Today's Church

The office of deacon is a unique and divine calling within the church. Although serving as a deacon has often wrongly been viewed as a stepping-stone to becoming an elder, each office has its own set of special leadership roles and responsibilities and requires specific gifts.

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Synod to Get Overture on Deacons

Deacons as agents of transformation in church and society! This overture to Synod continues an excellent dialog!  The overture from Classis Grandville is asking Synod to create a task force to look hard at the ways the office of deacon could be made stronger and more strategic for...

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A Dream or A Vision?

They all filed in together at the last minute - just before the Minister himself appeared. They were all in dark suits, white shirts, and ties. Black shoes with lots of eyelets. Or was that just one especially old consistory member? Elders and deacons...

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Perfect Storm?

Gargantuan federal deficits, increasing taxes, growing global competition, tapped out consumers, threats of inflation, corporations making profits but not hiring, banks making profits but not lending, continued unemployment, waves of foreclosures...

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Let us know!

Are you finding what you need in this Deacons' drawer? What should be in our drawer that's not here? Please let us know! Are there some resources you're looking for? Can't find your topic? Rummage around - if you can't find it, please let us know.
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Taming the Pounce

Pouncers squash ideas. Have you ever been the squasher? the squashee?  A young person expresses an opinion, idea, or wish that's a little edgy or goofy or scary. An adult pounces on it to make sure it gets "fixed" before it goes too far. A spouse... 

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Video Resources

I'm interested in some brief video resources that could be played during an offering. I'm thinking of things that would highlight work done by Home Missions, CRWRC, Back to God Hour, etc. or non-denominational ministries

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Looking at Acts 6

Looking at the "deacon chapter" of Acts 6 is interesting, in that I find it to be a place where my cultural assumptions about the diaconate can easily smother what the chapter actually says.

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The Community Opportunity Scan

Does your church know its neighbors? This resource from Diaconal Ministries Canada will help you to see where God is already at work in your community, to help you understand your community, and to reveal ministry opportunities within it.

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You Have Gifts!

If you were asked to name your spiritual gifts, what would you say? The Bible identifies at least twenty spiritual gifts that are distributed by the Spirit throughout the Christian community to enable God’s work to be accomplished.

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How's Your Spiritual Health?

To help you recharge your spiritual batteries regularly, we’ll look at the importance of prayer and Bible study as you strive to manage your time, seek wisdom, and deal with feelings of inadequacy. Staying in shape spiritually prevents burnout!

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So Now You're a Deacon

You got roped in. Or maybe you are now a deacon as a result of a prayer you’ve been praying for years. Are you feeling just a bit uncertain? Doubtful? Skeptical?

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Handling the Money

How to handle money, not just efficiently, but also responsibly? What to record? How to ensure accuracy? How to ensure accountability? You’ll find clear and simple procedures in this excerpt from the Deacon’s Handbook.

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Deacons' Meetings

So, what do I do first? Go to meetings; make a plan; schedule offerings. The Deacon’s Handbook will show you the big picture in clear and practical steps.

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The Diaconate Structure

Provide new deacons with clarity about structure, roles, and responsibilities. Be sure to look for gifts of service and administration as the following excerpt from the Deacon’s Handbook explains.

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Offering Calendar

Use this online calendar, printable calendar, worksheets, and guidelines to help you plan the offering schedule for your church.

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