Diaconal Ministries Canada partners with deacons, churches, and ministries
to demonstrate God’s love in the community.
A Network Spanning
Sea to Sea
Diaconal Ministries Canada offers a community of support for Deacons in the Christian Reformed Church, with staff and diaconal coaches located throughout the country.
Resources & Support
Get access to devotions, helpful guides, and coaching from our staff that will equip you and your fellow Deacons to mobilize your church into action.
Rooted in Christ
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.
But, what is a deacon?
In the Christian Reformed Church, the Form for the Ordination of Elders & Deacons outlines the role of the deacon, referencing the early church Apostles who designated special persons for the work of mercy.
According to the form, Deacons are members appointed by the church to minister mercy, justice, and Christian love to the church and all people. They assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance.
“The church does not simply have deacons, but is, by its very nature and calling a diaconate. The call of deacons is to motivate and mobilize the congregation for works of service (diakonia).” From: Diakonia Remixed – Task Force report to Synod 2013
Being a deacon is an exciting opportunity to lead others in your church community to share Christ’s love and mercy with others. Our goal as Diaconal Ministries Canada is to support you as you serve in your role.
Resources & Services
"Wednesday night's meeting in Chatham and one you've led in Alymer have been very helpful for me — especially hearing what Deacons at other churches are doing, and how they are dealing with things. Thanks for your work!"
Lucas, Ontario Deacon
"Thanks so much for meeting with us. I found it to be very helpful and it was also motivating for me to look at new ways we can serve as Deacons. I liked the idea of setting some goals and we hope to start working on this soon. I didn’t realize that we had these resources available to us so I am very appreciative of all that you presented and provided to us!"
Debbie, Ontario Deacon
NewGround (formerly Operation Manna) helps churches and individuals break new missional ground, nurturing Spirit-led ideas into healthy ministries that bear everlasting fruit.
NewGround provides resources and grant money as well as coaching and networking opportunities to help churches love their communities!
Not sure where to start? Try one of these first steps.
Reach out to us using this form.
Meet with your local Diaconal Coach.
Being a deacon is an exciting opportunity to lead others in your church community to share Christ’s love and mercy with others. Our goal as Diaconal Ministries Canada is to support you as you serve in your new role.
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