According to Karl Barth, "Deacons cannot be expected to meet all the material needs of society, but they should be permitted to look deeper into the roots of the social issues causing those needs." This and other insights by Barth are shared with us by Dr. David Guretzki in this online article.
Faith & Finances is a biblically integrated financial education curriculum designed specifically for low-income people.
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith...
Has your church found it difficult to get people to serve as Deacons and Elders? Here's how one CRC congregation changed and improved their process for selecting and equipping deacons.
Bob Lupton, longtime urban missionary and author of Toxic Charity talks about the importance of preserving and giving dignity in the exchange process.
How mercy ministry in the local church transforms us all.
What are, should or could deacons be doing about injustice? What resources are available to help deacons carry out this aspect of their Charge?
This training tool provides those who aspire to the calling of deacon, an overview of the office, role and function in the body of Christ.
What do you think deacons need most and how might that or those needs best be met?
Diaconal Ministries Canada is providing CRC deacons with a 2nd set of devotions for use at monthly deacon meetings as a result of the positive response to their first set in 2011.
This 3 minute video does a very nice job of explaining and highlighting the what, why, and how of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) for local congregations.
A brochure from Communities First Association that provides a succinct explanation of the differences between church that does ministry in, to/for, and with a community . . . and why it matters.
A strong diaconal assembly goes beyond the scope of "one at a time" mercy and benevolence ministry; together we address root causes and we conspire and act together to change the systems perpetuating poverty in our community.
Whether you're a seasoned deacon or someone who's new to church leadership, this handbook will help you perform your duties with efficiency and compassion in a way that shows the love of God to those around you.
Proposed Changes for Deacons from The Task Force to Study the Offices of Elder and Deacon
How are or are CRC deacons addressing issues of waste, injustice, and selfishness?
All three offices share in the great challenge of the church leadership: the equiping of the saints, together, but also each in its own way.
Even if you read last year's Diakonia Remixed Report to Synod 2013, you might have missed this very important study on "diakonia" in Scripture by Dr. Mariano Avila.
A useful handbook for understanding, developing, and implementing an effective benevolence ministry.
Exploring ways and reasons to do diaconal ministry with others in the community.
This post written by Bernita Tuinenga, Co-Executive Director of Volunteers in Service (based in Grand Rapids, MI), explains and addresses the problem of enabling behavior that too often characterizes how we do and understand diaconal ministry.
10 important paradigm shifts needed by those of us engaged in community diaconal work.
A true story about how a group of churches working with their community developed a better way to alleviate hunger and poverty.