Melissa Van Dyk

About Me: 

I moved to BC from Ontario 10 years ago and have only looked back a few times. :D I love the church and being an active part of it. While I was serving as a deacon I discovered Diaconal Ministries of Canada and happily accepted the invitation to become the Board Representative for BCNW. As part of that role I've been able to serve on the Operation Manna Committee. That means I have the opportunity to hear about the initiatives local church communities are doing to connect with their communities, from all across Canada. Having completed the BCLDN (www.bcldn.ca) program and being currently enrolled at Carey Theological College, I am perpetually considering pursuing an ordained ministry position, although it would mean giving up the unofficial secret agent role, which can wield exciting organic opportunities.  Plus, I currently love my day job, which allows me to serve in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, a very unique population group. 

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A Bientot, See You Soon

As the seasons change so too must guides change. Today I say farewell, but I also say welcome to our new guide... 

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Generational Differences

As a church body we are multi-generational, so how do we deal with the lack of "like mindedness" that may come when we are serving on a team spanning generations?

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Tips for Hospital Visits

Looking for tips on how to do hospital visits well?  Applicable not only to deacons, but also to pastors, elders or anyone who offers compassionate care, this blog post shares some dos and don'ts to help you out! You can also add your own...

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Justice: Is It Even Worth It?

Have you ever wondered about whether justice is worth it?  With some thoughts about this provocative question  and a passionate video you'll get a response that may be more than you bargained for. 

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The Kingdom of God is Like a Concert

Suddenly Sarah McLachlan said "your turn" and the crowd burst into song, more shouting than singing with her. It didn't matter that they had no skill or musical ability, they simply joined together with her...

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Emotionally Safe People

We often have the privilege of hearing another person's story - but have you thought lately about the responsibility that comes with someone sharing with you?  Are you an emotionally safe person - someone who guards their words about others when it comes to reporting, praying or conversations?

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Ready or Not - Here September Comes!

We're a couple weeks away from September and for most churches this means it's time to start up programs and meetings again.  How can we as deacons be prepared for what is ahead?

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Extravagant Love and the Hardened Heart

When a mystery guest arrived at my door with roses, I wasn't sure what to think.  Little did I know that God's extravagant love was about to be revealed again... 

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Good Bye Martha Stewart! Rethinking Hospitality.

So often we are innundated with magazine images about what hospitality looks like, however, Martha Stewart has it wrong! Hospitality is much simpler than popular culture would have us believe - and more enjoyable too!

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Summer Book Recommendations

Long evenings, vacations, quieted responsibilities often provide opportunities during the summer months for reading.  If you haven't already decided on your book list, I thought I would give you some ideas to explore. 

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    posted on: A Needed Gift
  • Mary! Thanks for sharing.  We rejoice for these visionary kingdom leaders!  May your community continue to be blessed by Art, and others like him!

    posted on: Deacon People
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  • Thanks John! :)  It was a profound and delightfully unexpected moment!

  • I got goose bumps reading this! :)  God is GOOD! 

  • I agree!  Giving to the budget is never inspiring, and giving out of guilt is not in line with a spirit of generosity!  I've also found that pastors avoid the financial stewardship discussion...

  • Elna Siebring from Halifax sent the follow story.  Thanks for sharing Elna!

     

     

     Every year around this time I always seem to have an experience  of a Christmas miracle...

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  • Leon - it seems like that could be a great resource for other churches to use!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Check out this new issue of Partners (a diaconal newsletter from Diaconal Ministries of Canada) which spells out a few of the changes recommended to Synod by the Diakonia Remixed Task Force http...

  • Paul - I can imagine that this is a sensitive discussion in your congregation.  At the church I attend we have chosen to have only grape juice served.  This decision was made before I was...