Community Builder

Diaconal Ministries Canada

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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)

Our Mission

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.

  • A beautiful example of being creative during Covid. A helpful reminder for churches to not only focus on what we don't have and what we can't do but on what we DO have and what can CAN (and get to...

  • Thank you for sharing this Jodi! We commend the creativity of churches and their increased desire to show and share the love of Christ in their neighbourhoods. The example you provided sounds like...

  • Hello William! I (Erin) reached out to our Diaconal Coaches and here was one reply I received:

    "I think this is where the elder and the deacon need to work together. You have the spiritual ...

  • Hi Carol! Head over to our website for some help with Benevolence. You can also reach out to our staff who can answer specific questions and/or help you flush out any ideas you have! Tammy would...

  • Thank you for sharing this Steve! (Psst. He's one of our cherished Board Members currently!) Very helpful and something churches can adapt to make it appropriate for their own context. As Kathryn...

  • Not sure where to start? Here are some great ideas from Mike Frost!

  • This is great Jodi! Thank you for all of your work in supporting and equipping deacons.

    Just a note that a special fund was also set up for Canadian CRC's, in partnership with Diaconal...

  • Hi Vicki, Diaconal Ministries recently put together this resource: It's found on our Covid-19 landing page.


  • Welcome Jodi! We are excited to work alongside you in this new role and we know you will be a blessing not only to US deacons but also to those of us north of the border!

  • 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