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In Tough Times, Ministry Remains Focus

Christian Reformed Church congregations across North America deal with challenges in different ways. A recent e-mail poll of congregations in the CRC found a couple that reported they are barely hanging on, but they remain focused on ministry.

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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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8 Responses Deacons Use in Weak Economy

As a fellowship of believers, we can’t just leave such disasters up to the marketplace or the government to “fix.” Our congregations need to rise to the challenge of coming alongside our sisters and brothers who fall victim to the economic slump.

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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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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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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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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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Money and Ministries of Mercy

When we think about money, we tend to think about our money or my money. Yes, we know that it’s actually God’s money and that we’re stewards of that money. But it’s still easy to keep thinking about money as mine, or as God’s and mine. What’s missing in such thinking is the church. What does the church have to do with my money?

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Deacons in Leadership

What connection exists between leadership and deacons? Deacons are called to lead as they represent Jesus in the church and in the community, so here are a few examples from His ministry to remind us how serving and leading go hand in hand.

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Signs of Community Transformation

Looking for a short but richly packed starting place for a conversation about how your church might get engaged with community transformation? You couldn't find a better place to look than in this 2 page list of questions and bullet points by Jay Van Groningen.

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Karl Barth's Perspectives on Deacons

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.

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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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