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Tips for Hospital Visits

Looking for tips on how to do hospital visits well?  Applicable not only to deacons, but also to pastors, elders or anyone who offers compassionate care, this blog post shares some dos and don'ts to help you out! You can also add your own...

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Justice: Is It Even Worth It?

Have you ever wondered about whether justice is worth it?  With some thoughts about this provocative question  and a passionate video you'll get a response that may be more than you bargained for. 

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Getting Started as a New Deacon

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 deacons' partners in ministry.

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The Kingdom of God is Like a Concert

Suddenly Sarah McLachlan said "your turn" and the crowd burst into song, more shouting than singing with her. It didn't matter that they had no skill or musical ability, they simply joined together with her...

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Emotionally Safe People

We often have the privilege of hearing another person's story - but have you thought lately about the responsibility that comes with someone sharing with you?  Are you an emotionally safe person - someone who guards their words about others when it comes to reporting, praying or conversations?

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Assumptions about Deacons

Some years ago, the Christian psychologists Henry Cloud and John Townsend published a book called "12 "Christian" Beliefs that can Drive You Crazy." In it they detailed some common beliefs about life and psychological health that people often assume are Biblical. The book was written in the hope that people will critically reflect on these assumptions, and ask themselves if they truly emerge from Scripture. The Diakonia Remixed report, and hopefully the process that is emerging from it, may be an opportunity for us to do the same when it comes to the office of deacon. It is a good time to...
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Summer Book Recommendations

Long evenings, vacations, quieted responsibilities often provide opportunities during the summer months for reading.  If you haven't already decided on your book list, I thought I would give you some ideas to explore. 

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Diakonia Remixed: A Biblical Perspective on Diakonia

In a globalized world, those needs “are always close to us,” and we have the call and duty to respond to them in the name of Jesus our Lord. We could say that the biblical teaching leads to a simple but wide ranging fact: Our fundamental vocation is the "Deaconship (diakonia) of all believers." 

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The Inbreaking Kingdom

I wasn't really paying attention to anyone or anything, I was already lost in the thoughts of my upcoming day, when suddenly my ears perked up.  I listened intently because I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it. I wasn't - it was definitely what I thought it was...

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Hey Canadian Churches - Grant Money Available!

If you are a Canadian CRC church seeking to engage your community you may qualify for an Operation Manna grant to help your congregation complete a Community Opportunity Scan, develop a new or grown an existing community ministry! Applications are due by August 15th.

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Lead Like Christ By Knowing Him

There are many ways God is revealed in our lives - however, we must be careful not to confuse God revealed with God himself!  Too often we forget that things like the confessions and creeds were created to point us to a person, Christ, not to replace that person! As leaders we need to continually draw near to God, to know him more, so that we may lead his people as he would.

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Deacon Webinars - April 24th and May 1st!

There are two webinars coming up which you might enjoy - Be An Effective Deacon in Today's Church (April 24th) and Diakonia Remixed: Preparing the Church For Larger Ministry (May 1st) - you can find the details here!

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