Diaconal Ministries Canada partners with churches and ministries across Canada to demonstrate God’s love in the community. We are a partner ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.
Transforming Communities in Christ
It is anchored in Corinthians: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20, TNIV)
Relying on the Holy Spirit, Diaconal Ministries Canada exists to Inspire, Empower and Equip Deacons, as they animate congregations to join in God’s transforming work in communities across Canada.
Deacons are members appointed by the church to minister mercy, justice and Christian love to the church and all people. Deacons assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance. In a sense, all engaged and committed members of the church may see themselves as deacons. Diaconal Ministries Canada aims to promote diaconal work in Canada, whether it is carried out by deacons, outreach teams, or anyone involved in church-related missional outreach.
To carry out this mission, we value prayer, celebration, collaboration, servant leadership, gift-based ministry, holistic ministry and justice.
Our 3 key focus areas:
1. Engaging Community
Diaconal Ministries Canada encourages each deacon and each church to join in God’s transforming work in their communities. We seek to inspire and equip the community of believers to engage with their communities and become conduits through which grace, peace and justice flow. We provide skill development and support through several established programs: Operation Manna, Days of Encouragement and Community Opportunity Scans.
2. Living Stewardly
The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Psalm 24:1)
Christian stewardship begins with a solid understanding that [everything] we call our own is not ours at all, but God’s. We are managers, or stewards, of His property. We must, therefore, define our task and seek to understand how to “do stewardship” in a way that pleases God. (From the introduction to “Stewardship: Keeping Faith with God’s Gifts” by Mary VandenBerg.)
“We are to take the priceless gifts that God has given us and pour them out as a sacrifice in service to Him and to our fellow man. This is what the Bible calls stewardship.” (David’s Mighty Men: Stewardship In Action, posted by Hugh Whelchel, October 29, 2012)
We are committed to gathering resources and discerning the best way to provide them to deacons. We will continue to partner with people and groups who have become “experts” in this area in order to equip deacons and churches.
3. Promoting Mercy & Justice
Justice, at its core, is about relationships: our relationships with God, with each other, with ourselves, and with creation. God calls us all – and Deacons especially – to restore relationships through the pursuit of justice and to challenge lifestyles, choices, and systems so that all may have opportunity to participate fully in community as image-bearers of God. This work will continue until Shalom is restored.
DMC is committed to helping our churches and deacons find ways of living the biblical call to do justice and to mobilize for advocacy. We have identified nine people groups that are vulnerable in our society and have created resources to help you understand some of the challenges that these nine people groups might experience in your community.