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!
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.
Worship resources have been sent to Canadian churches for the NewGround Offering Sunday (formerly Operation Manna), scheduled for Sunday, May 5, 2019.
We are excited to announce that as of March 1, 2019, the Operation Manna Program was renamed NewGround. Learn more and discover ways to get involved today!
The Operation Manna Program of Diaconal Ministries Canada has been helping churches establish vital community ministries across the country for over 35 years. Read our official Press Release regarding big changes coming to the program!
The Extreme Weather Shelter operated by Gateway Church in Abbotsford, B.C., has offered over 160 individuals a dry place to rest this winter. So, is it making a difference? This is part 3 of this series!
No matter what ministry team you lead in the church, recruitment is likely your least favourite task; aka a necessary evil. Take heart—we're here to help!
When Gateway CRC decided to host an Extreme Weather Shelter in their building, staff and volunteers knew there would be a lot to learn. Here are some learnings they wanted to share!
We hope this story inspires churches to trust God and follow Him into their communities, despite the risks and the unknowns.
We want to know: Does your church (or a church in your community) hold a Blue Christmas Service?
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.
Thank you so much for sharing this Gary! We completely agree change can be hard and uncertain at times but usually necessary and ultimately for the better of everyone! Blessings as you continue on...
Hi Ken, thanks for chiming in. It sounds like this may be something you've encountered personally... If you have, we are curious to know how this played out: the good, the bad, AND the ugly!posted on: Top 10 Ways to Recruit New Council Members
Thank you for posting this timely article Kristen! We hope it will serve as an encouragement to all deacons to find ways to support those inside and outside of their congregations in helpful and...posted on: When Members Face Employment Uncertainty
We would tend to agree with Lloyd and also with Andy R. It may surprise many that the word Benevolent is still used today by many people and organizations; the church certainly doesn't own a...posted on: What Do You Call Your Benevolence Ministry?
Thank you for sharing these resources Joyce! We've already had a church inquire about these services and ask for more information so we'll be sure to send this on to them.
Hello there! Haven't read the book "Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life" by Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird (based on Henri Nouwen's writings) but seeking a review from anyone who...