We've heard from a few churches that finding new deacons right now is difficult. How is your church handling recruitment?
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.
Last fall, World Renew Canada and Diaconal Ministries Canada teamed up to offer COVID grants to churches longing to connect with their local neighourhoods. Here's a story from Kelowna, BC!
Starting January 2021, Diaconal Ministries Canada began rolling out a new set of devotions called "Detours; Overcoming Spiritual Roadblocks in Ministry."
A new set of devotions for deacons is coming in 2021—straight to your inbox!
Whether meeting online or in-person, what are churches doing to spark that sense of worship in how they collect their offering?
Stewardship is the faithful management of all that God has entrusted to us so that creation and all who live in it may flourish.
Let’s make it our goal to move beyond “thoughts and prayers” to holistic responses that respect the dignity of all people.
Sitting back and waiting for people to come asking for help might just leave the church out of the loop right now.
Deacons who have a great idea for serving their local community right now, but lack the resources, can receive up to $5,000.
Canadian Churches! If your diaconate or study group would like to do this book study but can't access the books, consider applying for a NewGround Deacon Scholarship from Diaconal Ministries...posted on: The Inconvenient Indian: Book Club
We agree Inge, many hands are needed!
When we read the Form for the Ordination of Deacons & Elders and the specific mandate of deacons therein, we see that Deacons are to lead and...posted on: Deacons: Harbingers of the Kingdom
Thank you for reminding deacons (which is every one of us!) about what real helping looks like; doing ministry with and not for.posted on: Diakonia: Serving or Sharing?
Hello Melanie! We commend your desire to engage with your community this summer, despite the ongoing pandemic. We saw some great help on this website: https://www.genonministries.org/collections/...posted on: Virtual VBS?
It seems like such a shame that for years organizations would run a "shoebox program" that is potentially harmful and then have it suddenly disappear once churches adopt these principles you lay...
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...posted on: From Viewer to Disciple
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 ...posted on: Checklist for Widows?
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