Diaconal Ministries Canada provides and promotes conferences and events designed to equip deacons in the work they do, spark new thinking and ideas, and offer opportunities to network and engage with other ministry leaders.

See a listing of upcoming events below.

Deacon's Training (Classis Quinte)

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:30pm

Are you a new deacon? Or have you been a deacon for a little while? This workshop is for YOU!

Join Bill Groot-Nibbelink, your local Diaconal Coach, as he leads this New Deacon Workshop. Come be renewed and refreshed as you learn and grow with other deacons!

Ebenezer Christian Reformed Church (18 - 4th Ave, Trenton, ON K8V 5N3).

Helping Without Harming (Georgetown, ON)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Are you looking for strategies to build an effective, sustainable ministry to a hurting world?

Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, in partnership with World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada is hosting a “Helping Without Harming” Workshop. Come and be equipped to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities. This workshop will equip individuals and congregations to engage in serving God’s most vulnerable people in impactful, sustainable and loving ways!

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00am-2:00pm

Georgetown Christian Reformed Church (11611 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown).

Workshop Leaders include Peter Bulthuis, Canadian Director of Church and Community Engagement for World Renew and Tammy Heidbuurt, Regional Ministry Developer for Diaconal Ministries Canada. Seating is limited; bring a $10 donation to receive lunch!

For more information, please contact Ben VandenBerg at

Annual Day of Encouragement (Edmonton)

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 - King's University, Edmonton, AB

Registration for the Annual Day of Encouragement is open! This year's theme is 40+ Years of Welcome: Celebrating Refugee Sponsorship & Hospitality.

The Super Early Bird Price deadline has passed! But you can still take advantage of our Early Bird Pricing! Between September 9-October 16 the price is $50. (After October 16 the regular pricing will be $60.) Cost for the day goes towards paying for the facility, refreshments, lunch, and many great speakers.

This day is for everyone in the congregation, not only council members and ministry leaders, so if cost is a hurdle for you please ask about it with your church staff or contact Jesse at

If you are having any problems with the registration process, email the above address or call 780-819-7488 at anytime and the NADC consultant will help or reserve your spot.

Find out more about this day at the Facebook Event Page or on the NADC Classis Website.

Helping Without Harming (Thunder Bay)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

A workshop on understanding poverty, the effects of broken relationships, and the harm we can sometimes cause when we try to help!

Come and be equipped to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your local community and beyond. This workshop will equip you and your congregation to engage in serving God’s most vulnerable people in impactful, sustainable and loving ways!

This morning workshop will be led by Tammy Heidbuurt of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Shannon Perez of Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee.

  • Registration & Coffee: 8:30am-9am
  • Workshop: 9am-1pm
  • BONUS SESSION! Q&A + Lunch: 1pm-3pm

The Gathering Place, 239 Amelia St W, Thunder Bay, ON P7E 4A3

A freewill offering will be taken to cover the costs of the workshop and lunch.

For more information, contact Yvonne at (807) 623-8184 or Tammy at

Maritimes Day of Encouragement (Truro, NS)

November 8-9, 2019

An annual workshop to spark new ideas and inspire deacons and ministry leaders in their personal faith walk AND in work that they do for God's Kingdom.

We are pleased to once again be able to host Spark! 2019, formally know as the Maritime Day of Encouragement! This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to connect as a Christian community from across the Maritimes, as well as a chance for us to hear some excellent speakers and receive very valuable insights and training on topics that are relevant in our church communities today.

We are also excited that to be able to offer a Friday evening program featuring a time of praise and worship, an inspiring keynote address, and wrapping up with reception and a chance to socialize.

Find out more on the Facebook Group Page for Spark! 2019.

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"Helping Without Harming" Workshops

“When relief is merely a bandaid that alleviates the symptoms of poverty but fails to address the root causes, then it is illegitimate. Such assistance merely helps people to manage their poverty rather than to escape from it.” (Establishing a Church-based Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry, by Amy Sherman)

This workshop trains and equips churches and organizations to address poverty and injustice both locally and globally.

Contact us to learn about scheduled workshops OR to plan your own.

Telephone: (905) 336-2920
Toll-free: 1-800-730-3490

Days of Encouragement

Days of Encouragement (DOEs) are held annually in many regions across Canada.

Participants worship together, share ministry stories, and learn from each other.

These events are offered to deacons, elders, caregivers, pastors, as well as any other persons who would like to be encouraged and equipped for ministry. DOEs are a wonderful way for ministry leaders to encourage one another and network, reminding everyone that you are not alone!

Are you hosting a DOE in your area?

Let us know using the form above.

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Telephone: (905) 336-2920
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Diaconal Ministries Canada is a partner agency of the Christian Reformed Church in North America.