While classis and synod may seem too formal to some, perhaps there is value in the way they are designed and conducted. Perhaps instead of being too formal, they are actually focused.
Diaconal Ministries Canada
Relying on the Holy Spirit, Diaconal Ministries Canada exists to inspire, empower and equip deacons as they animate their churches to join in God’s transforming work in communities across Canada.
Diaconal Ministries Canada is a partner agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Diaconal Ministries Canada partners with churches and ministries across Canada to demonstrate God’s love in the community. We are a partner ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Our Vision - Transforming Communities in Christ
Our vision is anchored in Corinthians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20, TNIV)
Relying on the Holy Spirit, Diaconal Ministries Canada exists to Inspire, Empower and Equip Deacons, as they animate congregations to join in God’s transforming work in communities across Canada.
Deacons are members appointed by the church to minister mercy, justice and Christian love to the church and all people. Deacons assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance. In a sense, all engaged and committed members of the church may see themselves as deacons. Diaconal Ministries Canada aims to promote diaconal work in Canada, whether it is carried out by deacons, outreach teams, or anyone involved in church-related missional outreach.
We aim to equip deacons to animate their congregation in these 3 key areas: Promoting Mercy & Justice, Living Stewardly and Engaging Communities.
To carry out our mission, we value prayer, celebration, collaboration, servant leadership, gift-based ministry, holistic ministry and justice.
Welcoming deacons at Classis and Synod requires paying attention: both to the receiving and to the showing up.
When it comes to deacons at classis and synod, what is your immediate reaction? In our many discussions with deacons (and other ministry leaders), we came to realize this is a pretty hot topic!
How can churches ensure that their members are given the opportunity to support the church's ministries in ways that are accessible and readily available?
How can your diaconate (and church!) get the rest you need AND stay motivated during these cherished summertime months here in Canada?
We have a church/diaconate hoping to help cover the cost of counseling for those who request it and want to formalize the process for consistency and fairness. Got any suggestions?
It is our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, which not only includes personally in our homes, but also corporately, in our churches. So whose job is it to lead the charge in our churches? It's YOURS, Deacons!
Some churches have begun restructuring their Church Council to allow for better communication, more collaboration, and increased effectiveness. Has your church done this recently? We'd love to hear about it!
Worship resources have been sent to Canadian churches for the NewGround Offering Sunday (formerly Operation Manna), scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Thanks for chiming in Scott! We appreciate hearing about your experience with this and I'm sure you made more of an impact than you are letting on :) - Erin
Hi Jon, not sure if this is what you're looking for, but my team gave the following suggestions:
1. Citizens for Public Justice have a few videos on their youtube channel about poverty and...posted on: Small Group Video Series on Social Class?
Thanks for sharing your insights Dorothy. We'll definitely take a look at that article. We are happy to hear that The Bridge App is meeting that need for many in the denomination.
Hey Dave, great question! We also can't wait to hear people's thoughts and experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly. (Well, hopefully none of them are ugly!)
Hello Keith! Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts. Your points are exactly why we posted this question/discussion topic! There is so much to consider, not just the practical.
Hi Darren! Thanks for chiming in; you raise some great points, especially about service fees. Lots of research has gone into discovering whether those 'losses' are justified by the increase in...
Let us know if you need any further assistance Sharon! [email protected]
Thank you for this thoughtful response! We'll be sure to share it with the church requesting help.posted on: Policies for Counseling?
"There are many other [biblical] examples, underlining the importance of naming who you are and how your experiences have shaped you. As Christians, we believe it is important to name whose we are...posted on: A Dance of Assumptions
Thank you for sharing this Chad! It was also helpful to hear where you came from; churches can definitely learn from the 'what not to do' or here is what we tried and what didn't work.