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.

Classis Huron Diaconal Conference Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7:30pm

The Classis Huron Diaconal Conference Annual Meeting is set for Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Drayton CRC.

Tammy Heidbuurt of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Peter Bulthuis of World Renew will lead a workshop on “When Helping Hurts”. Please invite all deacons at your church to attend this insightful and practical workshop. Together we'll discover how to walk alongside those in poverty in healthy and holistic ways.

More information to follow so stay tuned!

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Helping Without Harming Workshop (Classis Huron)

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

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.

Helping Without Harming Workshop (Classis Chatham)

Saturday, March 7, 2020; 9:00am - 1:30pm

Join World Renew and Diaconal Ministries Canada for a "Helping Without Harming" Workshop at Bethel CRC, London (716 Classic Dr, London, Ontario N5W 5V6).
Come and be equipped to help alleviate poverty and injustice through effective engagement in your global and local communities.
This workshop will help deacons and churches tackle the difference between 'relief' and 'restoration' and equip them to engage in long-lasting relationships, not short-term fixes.

THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE; all costs for lunch and other expenses are being covered by the Classis Chatham Diaconal Conference. Seating is limited; sign-up today at worldrenew.net/hwhworkshop.

For more information, please contact John Klein-Geltink at john.kleingeltink@gmail.com.

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If you are unable to cover travel costs, please ask about Diaconal Ministries' Deacon Scholarship program: dmc@crcna.org or 1-800-730-3490 or apply online: https://bit.ly/2t6wHEJ.

Eastern Canada Day of Encouragement (Brockville, ON)

SAVE THE DATE! April 4, 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.

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" 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 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