Bridge of Hope Church in Sioux Center Iowa is using the principles that guided the refreshed role of elders and deacons, as encouraged by the 2015 Synod, to lead well as a Council.
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As the deacons at New Life CRC in Guelph examine what is at their core they resonated with the 2016 Synod statement, " Deacons are not only servants on behalf of the congregation, but they are catalysts, calling and equipping the congregation to lives of diaconal service". Read about how they excitedly went about developing their vision and plans.
In this newsletter, the role of deacons in exercising their justice mandate is explored. Find helpful links and resources on an area of ministry that is urgent for today's world, but can be daunting to initiate.
This article reviews the functions that flow out of the 'oath of office' deacons take when they are installed in their role. Find suggestions and numerous links as to how deacons can faithfully fulfill this leadership function.
This article helps a diaconate think through how to respond to their call to "be prophetic critics of the waste, injustice, and selfishness in our society" and provides helpful links to a host of resources.
This issue of For Deacons looks at the benefits of doing ministry together at a regional or classical level, principles to use, and an example of how Volunteers in Service is making this work in Grand Rapids, MI.
This article gives a brief history of Volunteers In Service. VIS is an example of diaconal cooperation between churches.
The voice of the Deacon is needed at Classis and at Synod. Diaconal Ministries Canada gives us seven reasons why this is true.
Whether you are a deacon looking for ways to connect with community or a team commissioned to do the same, these resources will help you through the planning and programming.
When is a case management program appropriate? This book will help you assess the needs, gifts, calling, and hopes of the participant; develop a Development Covenant between mentor and participant; and follow up and evaluate the process.
Few churches would say they aren’t interested in sharing God’s heart for their community. This workbook provides those tools and resources that will help you imagine your community the way God sees it.