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Deacons

All church officers (elders and deacons) represent Christ, the Lord, in the corporate life of his people. The office of deacon is designed to administer the mercy of Christ to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

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Reflecting on the Call to Deacons

In the context of today's world the mandate of mercy and justice that is at the heart of the call on the office of deacon is both profound and challenging. We need to keep the call in front of us as deacons to continue to live into it more fully

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Calling All Who Minister

Has the concept of “calling” been hijacked by the institutional church?  I wonder.  In our Reformed theological tradition we acknowledge the priesthood of all believers.

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The Deacon

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.

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Deacon Vision

With the advent of another ministry year, it's a good time to take some time and think about what God may want to do through your team this year.  In light of our call to this diaconal office, what's your vision?  Oh, come on, dream bigger!

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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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A Deacon's Experience

As part of our mission to inspire deacons in the work that they do, we want to share various deacons' experiences. Today we'd like you to meet Mrs. Rene Wall from John Calvin CRC in Truro, Nova Scotia. 

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Which office discusses and decides who is eligible for call to Elders and Deacons?

In the CRC Church Order, Article 4 seems to make clear that the calling of Elders and Deacons is entirely the responsibility of the Council and clearly spells the process out. Article 35a seems to give a little wiggle room where the Consistory can say it determines the qualities of who is eligible because 35a states the Council "Approves" the nominations as one of the example of its tasks. Throughout the Church order, it takes great pains to describe the tasks of each of the 3 offices and what they do. It goes to the extreme in 35b & c and states in those articles (paraphrased here,) that...
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Updated Deacon Job Description

Here is an updated version of a job description for deacons in the CRC. Use it as a template to develop or update a job description for deacons from your congregation and in your particular setting and context.

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New Devotions for Deacons

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.

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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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Devotions For Deacons

How do you start your deacon meetings?  Would you be interested in devotions that explore your calling to this role, while helping you understand the charge to deacons?  Diaconal Ministries of Canada has provided deacons with another great resource - Devotions for Deacons!

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Deacons Stepping Up?

Jeff Brower's post, "Deacons - Priests or Kings?" is a gem.  Wish I had written it.   It stimulates us to think about deacons and their authority, their relationship to the Kingly dimension of Jesus' identity.  But it also reminds us of a 43 year old report to Synod - where the "unfullfilled" nature of the deacons' role is acknowledged!    What's happened since?

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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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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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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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When Deacons Shine

Unemployment! Can deacons help? In this economy, and in many communities, our churches come in contact with job seekers. What can deacons do?  The church is not an employment agency, but deacons can be a powerful resource to support discouraged job seekers...

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Deacon Webinar Alert!

TOMORROW (May 16th, noon) we have the opportunity to participate in a webinar geared specifically to the work of deacons. Join Bernita Tuinenga and Dave Ellens as they identify the main roles of the deacon, discuss how they can be more effective with benevolence needs, and learn how to encourage good stewardship...

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