Who is Thrive?

Many of the ministries now make up Thrive were, and still are, bi-national so when information goes out to the churches, it will include things that don’t necessarily pertain to Canadian churches, but are helpful and relevant to our US neighbours. We know this may cause confusion for some of you so let us explain!

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Thank you for your support!

Since its inception, NewGround has partnered with over 100 Canadian Christian Reformed churches. As we reflect how so many began with just a seed of hope and see how many have grown into flourishing community organizations, we acknowledge God’s goodness; how He has blessed NewGround to be a blessing for some many!

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It Only Takes a Spark!

After a few years’ hiatus (due to the pandemic in 2020), a group of deacons and church members from the Maritime provinces gathered at John Calvin CRC the weekend of Apr. 26-27 for Spark! 2024. Several ministry leaders from the denomination led talks and workshops under the theme “Work in Progress – Joining God Where He’s At.”

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Touching Hearts, Changing Lives

Hearts and lives are being impacted by the work of deacons in Classis Huron. About 40 people came together at St. Mark’s Place in Kitchener on the evening of April 18th to hear and celebrate how God is at work in and through diaconal ministry.

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NewGround Partnership Goes Beyond Financial Support

“I appreciate the support of NewGround for our ministry, Cross Town,” shared Greg Houldcroft at this year’s Annual Ministry Networking Day. “NewGround gives back to their partners; not just through grants but by pouring into the lives of their partners and its leaders.”

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The Road to Reconciliation Begins with Justice

“People sometimes want to jump right to reconciliation, but there is a stop before you get there, and it is called justice. It is not something that can be skipped.” This was the message shared by Adrian Jacobs, Senior Leader for Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation, at the recent Canadian National Gathering in Ottawa.

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Retiring Diaconal Coach Shares her Top 10 Moments

Lucinda Klapwyk served the Edmonton area churches of Classis AB North as a Diaconal Coach for twelve (12) years. Lucinda “retired” from her position as a Coach this June 2022. At a recent farewell dinner for Lucinda, she shared with us her many memories and reflections. Here are her Top 10 moments as a Diaconal Coach…

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Survey Says…!

This past January, Diaconal Ministries Canada, along with World Renew Canada, launched our own National Survey that was sent to all Canadian deacons. By sharing their experiences and feedback through this survey, Diaconal Ministries would be able to measure its effectiveness and better support the work of Deacons. Here are some of the preliminary results!

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Reflections from a Diaconal Coach

JoLyn Bolderheij worked as a Diaconal Coach in Classis Alberta South/Saskatchewan in the greater Calgary area. Last year she ‘retired’ from this position. Here is what she shared about her time as a Diaconal Coach with Diaconal Ministries Canada.

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