Find support and connect with others involved in justice and mercy ministries. This virtual meeting space kicks off Sept. 23!
Church With Community Coordinator, World Renew
World Renew is excited to host a 3-part series of discussions as we learn to do, and live, both MERCY and JUSTICE. Topics include Creation Care, Immigration, and Poverty.
Are we working in isolation rather than in coordination?
As a diakonia, do we have a responsibility to the neighborhood where the church is located?
"Deacons, more than other church officers, stand on the cutting edge of the church in the world. They are the harbingers of the Kingdom."
When we imagine serving, we often think of individual acts of charity, such as visiting the sick or distributing food to the hungry. While these are good things, is it enough?
Partnering with others in your neighborhood and community increases the effectiveness of service, brings people together, builds relationships, and helps us see how God is moving and acting in our communities.
If you missed the Welcome to the Neighborhood Series, we've got good news for you: you can still watch!
What would it look like to see vaccine distribution through the eyes of equity?
Thanks Leslie for your thoughts. Love to see how our work is so interconnected!!posted on: Seeing Outreach through the Lens of Hope
Yes these are examples. Not sure what Classis you are part of, but you are right, there are some Diaconal conferences and coordinators still in place in the United States, but there used to be...
Great thoughts August. The word "community" can be hard to define. Geographically, in a city, I'd define it as the neighborhood of the church. If no one from the church is a member there, all the...
Inge - totally agree that deacons need support. Deacons role is to "equip and inspire" the rest of the congregation to BE the diakonia. Deacons in no way can DO all the work.posted on: Deacons: Harbingers of the Kingdom
In developing the essentials, hope they include what ALL of us and deacons will find "essential" in benevolence, community transformation, justice, stewardship. Things like - shifting our mindset...posted on: Diakonia: Serving or Sharing?
Yes Andy. Love your thoughts around using the gifts of the people in your congregation!posted on: Diakonia: Serving or Sharing?
Ed - I love this!! I've been a part of gardening and community gardens for years and one of the most amazing things is the connections I make with people while sharing food. One of the churches I...
Thanks Erin. I think that challenging ourselves and churches to think more about what truly changes communities and lives gives the impression that the church is in solidarity with those facing...
Yes Mark, thanks for that response. Gift cards are so much more empowering. The store when run by people from the community, became a community-led effort and community-focused, not church-led and...
Thanks John! So good to see your name. I'm planning on hosting a series of conversations/webinars starting early December about different "diaconal" topics including ways churches give/serve with...