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

See a listing of upcoming events below.

CANCELLATIONS OF ALL EVENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Due to the current Covid-19 global crisis, it will come as no surprise that all of the events listed below have either been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

We do this regretfully, as we know the impact these workshops and gatherings have had on communities across Canada, equipping and inspiring deacons and ministry leaders alike in the work that they do to impact communities for Christ.

Diaconal Ministries Canada is currently working hard with our partners to assist and equip deacons and churches in these unprecedented times. An email has been sent to each Canadian CRC, via their Chair of Deacons. you can also find more information on our e-Quip Diaconal Blog and on our Facebook page, about the ways we are helping deacons be the hands and feet and heart of Jesus Christ in the communities and beyond.

If you have any comments, questions, ideas or concerns, please contact our office at dmc@crcna.org or 1-800-730-3490 x4304.

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*CANCELLED* Helping Without Harming (Classis Niagara)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30-9:30pm

Tammy Heidbuurt of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Peter Bulthuis of World Renew will lead a workshop on “Helping Without Harming” at Bethany CRC in Fenwick (1040 Balfour Street, Fenwick, ON L0S 1C0)

The deacon’s role is to inspire and equip their congregations to faithful ministries of service. This workshop will help us tease apart the differences among charity, development, justice and advocacy.

Based on Biblical principles, Tammy and Peter will explore with us what these four concepts look like both theoretically and practically. Also, through group discussions, we will examine our own perspectives on these concepts and learn how to use the principles presented in our local contexts.

Together, we will discover opportunities to better serve our neighbours, both locally and globally.

Please invite all deacons at your church to attend this insightful and practical workshop.

*POSTPONED* Classis Huron Diaconal Conference Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:30pm - NEW DATE TBA

The Classis Huron Diaconal Conference Annual Meeting will be held at Drayton CRC.

Tammy Heidbuurt of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Peter Bulthuis of World Renew will lead a workshop on “Helping Without Harming”.

The deacon’s role is to inspire and equip their congregations to faithful ministries of service.
This workshop will help us tease apart the differences among charity, development, justice and advocacy.

Based on Biblical principles, Tammy and Peter will explore with us what these four concepts look like both theoretically and practically. Also, through group discussions, we will examine our own perspectives on these concepts and learn how to use the principles presented in our local contexts. Together, we will discover opportunities to better serve our neighbours, both locally and globally.

Please invite all deacons at your church to attend this insightful and practical workshop.

*POSTPONED* Helping Without Harming Workshop (Classis Huron)

Saturday, March 28, 2020; 8:30am - 12 noon - NEW DATE TBA

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada for a "Helping Without Harming" Workshop at New Life CRC (400 Victoria Rd N, Guelph).
Seating is limited; your FREE registration includes a continental breakfast! Please sign-up today at worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.
Come learn and be equipped to partner with local and global communities to help overcome poverty and injustice. Together we'll discover how to engage with those around us in meaningful, sustainable and loving ways!
For more information, please contact Jen Spence at ejrspence@yahoo.ca.

(TENTATIVE) Helping Without Harming Workshop (Classis Toronto)

Saturday, April 25, 2020; 8:45am - 12 noon

Stay tuned as the date of this workshop may change due to the COVID-19 global crisis.

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada for a "Helping Without Harming" Workshop at Crosspoint CRC, Brampton. (444 Steeles Avenue West, Brampton)
Come learn and be equipped to partner with local and global communities to help overcome poverty and injustice. Together we'll discover how to engage with those around us in meaningful, sustainable and loving ways!
Featured workshop leaders include Naomi Bula, Global Engagement Opportunities Coordinator at World Renew Canada and Tammy Heidbuurt, Regional Ministry Developer at Diaconal Ministries Canada.
Seating is limited; your FREE registration includes a continental breakfast! Please sign-up today at worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.
For more information, please contact Jeff Fernhout at jeff.fernhout@gmail.com.

Eastern Canada Day of Encouragement (Brockville, ON)

*NEW DATE!* Saturday, October 31, 2020

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

Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the Day of Encouragement, which was originally scheduled for April 4,2020, in Brockville. We had such an excellent program planned so the Planning Team has decided to postpone the day until the provisional date of October 31, 2020.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned as details become available!

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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 typically tailored to the ministry of deacons, but can also be helpful and insightful for 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?

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"Helping Without Harming" Workshop

“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.

Visit our Events page or contact us today to find an upcoming workshop in your area OR to plan and run your own!

Telephone: (905) 336-2920
Toll-free: 1-800-730-3490
E-mail: dmc@crcna.org