Sitting back and waiting for people to come asking for help might just leave the church out of the loop right now.
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.
Deacons who have a great idea for serving their local community right now, but lack the resources, can receive up to $5,000.
Is your church holding an offering this year? When you give to NewGround, you are impacting communities across Canada with the love of Christ.
Deacons exist to act as conduits through which God blesses others. In very practical terms, what does this mean as COVID-19 continues to spread?
Diaconal Ministries Canada is working hard to put together resources to help deacons and churches during this difficult time.
With a desire for spiritual renewal, Maple Ridge CRC initiated a Community Opportunity Scan in order to listen to their community, their church, and the Holy Spirit.
The annual day of encouragement and learning for deacons and church leaders, held bi-annually in the Maritimes, has gotten a makeover!
In this post, we'll talk about the feasibility of attending classis and synod. We'll discus not just the where, but also the when and the how much.
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.
Welcoming deacons at Classis and Synod requires paying attention: both to the receiving and to the showing up.
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...posted on: Request Forms for Benevolence?
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...posted on: Template for Digital Council Elections
Not sure where to start? Here are some great ideas from Mike Frost!
https://mikefrost.net/35-ways-to-love-your-neighbors-right-now/?fbclid=I...posted on: Grants Available to Canadian Deacons
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: https://diaconalministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Alternative-Gi.... It's found on our Covid-19 landing page.
It...posted on: Online Giving Recommendations?
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!posted on: WITH! A Powerful Word for Community
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.posted on: Electronic Giving and YOUR Church
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!)