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.


Due to the current Covid-19 global crisis, we have begun to lead online webinars and events that will address your current realities.

Diaconal Ministries Canada is working hard with our partners to assist and equip deacons and churches in these unprecedented times. PLEASE VISIT OUR COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE for access to our past webinars, as well as practical tools, tips, and ideas. 

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

Upcoming Events

Stewardship Book Study - ONLINE

Join us for our next Stewardship Study!

Are you interested in learning more about what stewardship really means - beyond just money in the offering plate?

This study will run for 5 Mondays, from 6:30-8pm (Eastern) via Zoom, starting October 19 and running until November 16, 2020. 

We will use this book: 'What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You' - "Our tendency is to think of stewardship primarily in financial terms—"What do I owe?"—but money is only one of the gifts God gives us to manage. Discover how we can use the gift of time, the gift of the creation itself, and the gift of God's grace to say thank you to God."

To sign up, email Karla at kwinham@crcna.org today!

Annual Day of Encouragement - Edmonton

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"We are only as strong as the most vulnerable in our communities"

Join us for the Annual Day of Encouragement (DOE) under the theme: "Stories of Care & Connection: Wellness & Healing in a Time of Isolation".


This year's DOE is an online, interactive adventure featuring speakers like A Rocha CEO Luke Wilson (Ontario), Spiritual Director Jacquie Zuidhof (Agassiz), Mental Health professionals Mel Slomp and Anita Veldhuizen-Slomp (Edmonton) and a panel of chaplains working across Canada in universities, with refugees (Dena Nicolai) and Seniors (Richard Bodini - Holland Homes, Ontario).

Our main session will be led by Pastor John Van Sloten, author of "Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, and Astronauts Tell Us about God."

We can learn together how to care for ourselves and others in a time of compounding crisis.

Registration is now open for this FREE, online event! 

Note time: 10am-2pm MT (12-4pm ET)

Here's a draft schedule of our time together:

  • Open & Welcome, including Land Acknowledgement
  • Main Session: Mr. John Van Sloten - “Connecting Vocation to Healing and Care”
  • Stories from the Frontlines
  • Break
  • Breakout Room Workshops (approx. 60 min):
  1. Marie Butler - Art Therapy
  2. Luke Wilson - Director of A Rocha Canada
  3. Jacquie Zuidhof - Spiritual Direction/Contemplative prayer
  • Chaplains Panel
  • Closing

Ongoing Events

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? Let us know using the form above.

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