Equipping Deacons

Doing Ministry…One Cup of Coffee at a Time

How does a national organization engage, support, and equip its members in a hands-on, relevant, and meaningful way? Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada we do this through our incredible network of Diaconal Coaches (formerly known as Diaconal Ministry Developers, or DMDs for short). Our trained coaches are available to connect and meet with deacons and…

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The Four “F” Words of Classis & Synod: Part 2 – FORMAL

In September and October, Diaconal Ministries Canada and Classis Renewal are running a series on Deacons at Classis and Synod. We’d like to propose a few of our own “F” words to help our denomination move forward and become stronger and better — together. Read our first post, The Four “F” Words Deacons Utter About…

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The Four “F” Words of Classis & Synod; Part 1 – FOREIGN

By Guest Author: Al Postma, Classis Renewal When it comes to Deacons at Classis and Synod (C&S), what is your immediate reaction? It’s been a few years since the Diakonia Remixed Report came out and Synod made the decision to include Deacons as delegates to these denominational meetings. In our many discussions with Deacons (and…

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The Four “F” Words Deacons Utter About Classis & Synod

When it comes to Deacons at Classis and Synod (C&S), what is your immediate reaction? It’s been a few years since the Diakonia Remixed Report came out and Synod made the decision to include Deacons as delegates to these denominational meetings. In our many discussions with Deacons (and other ministry leaders), we have quickly realized…

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New Coach in Town

How does a national organization engage, support, and equip its members in a hands-on, relevant, and meaningful way? Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada we do this through our incredible network of Diaconal Coaches (formerly known as Diaconal Ministry Developers, or DMDs for short). In almost every Classis across Canada we have one (1) Diaconal Coach…

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6 Ways to Stay Motivated this Summer

Summer is finally here! In Canada, we cherish these long-awaited months as they seem to go by faster and faster each year. We can’t wait to spend time outdoors, on the water, or just plain relaxing – or all three! No matter what part of the country you live in, we Canadians love these dog…

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From “Identity Crisis” to Identity in Christ

Providence CRC’s Community Opportunity Scan Opens New Doors into the Community The congregation members and leadership team might not have said it outright, but Providence Christian Reformed Church was experiencing an identity crisis. The congregation had a 30-year foothold in their Beamsville, ON, community, one of the sleepier spots along the QEW corridor. But, while…

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Becoming a Greener Church – Creation Care Series, Part 3

This month we are finishing up our mini-series on Creation Care, which we started in April, partly in celebration of Earth Day. But as we recall from our last post, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY, right?! It is our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, which not only includes personally in our homes, but…

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Surviving Recruitment Time

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!” Yes, yes, we know Christmas is long gone. It’s Recruitment Time! I am sure by now your Church Council has worked long and hard to craft a witty and concise bulletin announcement and that it’s been published the last 3 weeks, with a deadline that is fast-approaching.…

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