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.

As restrictions continue to ease in regards to the ongoing pandemic, check below to see which events are now being offered in-person!

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

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Classis Quinte

Thursday, November 24, 7:00pm

Hebron CRC (4240 Anderson St, Whitby, ON L1R 2W1)

This workshop will help your diaconate effectively focus its time and resources when a need for benevolence funds is requested from your team. It will help you know how best to respond to various situations in your church and/or community, as well as receive some effective criteria to help you develop (or rework) your church's Benevolence Policy.

REGISTER BY Nov. 21st by emailing Diaconal Coach Bill (see below).

We hope you will encourage all of your deacons to attend. If you have any questions or if we can be of help in any other way, feel free to contact us.

[Location: Hebron Christian Reformed Church, 4240 Anderson St, Whitby, ON L1R 2W1]

Questions? Contact...

Mark Vanderwees, mvanderwees@crcna.org (Regional Ministry Developer for Eastern Canada)

Bill Groot-Nibbelink, bill.grootnibbelink@gmail.com (Diaconal Coach for Classis Quinte)

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*POSTPONED*

Classis BC South East & BC North West

Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm PDT via Zoom

The biblical call to do justice is something that we as Christians strive to live out. However, in a world with so much injustice, where is a person (or a church) to start?! We can get easily overwhelmed when trying to address too much at once, when programs are vague and unsustainable, or when issues are so complex that it seems like our efforts are merely ‘a drop in the bucket’.

Join Rachel Vroege from Diaconal Ministries Canada and Cindy Stover from the CRCNA's Justice & Reconciliation team for this interactive workshop that will help you to demystify justice!

We will unpack how the bible talks about peace, justice and mercy, identify how exploitive structures cause injustice, and explore how advocacy reconciliation can bring change and healing when injustice has been done. We will conclude with open discussions on the assets that are already in your local communities that you can build on to develop your own action plans, embodying the call to be peacemakers and doers of justice.

REGISTER BY Tuesday, June 7. **Invite your entire deacon team to participate!**

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by zoom. If you have any questions or if we can be of help in any other way, feel free to contact us.

We hope you will encourage many on your deacon team to participate. If you have any questions or if we can be of help in any other way, feel free to contact us.

Questions? Contact...

Rachel Vroege, rvroege@crcna.org (Regional Ministry Developer for Diaconal Ministries for Western Canada)

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Classis Lake Superior (and Saskatchewan)

November 30, 8-9:30pm EDT via Zoom

Join Mark Vanderwees, Eastern Canada Regional Ministry Developer, and Diaconal Coach Jean DeBeer for an in-depth look at the call to be a deacon. We will engage with the four deacon ministry areas: community, stewardship, justice, and benevolence and equip your deacon team for leadership!

REGISTER BY Nov. 28th.

**Invite your entire deacon team to participate!**

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting by zoom. If you have any questions or if we can be of help in any other way, feel free to contact us.

We hope you will encourage many on your deacon team to participate. If you have any questions or if we can be of help in any other way, feel free to contact us.

Questions? Contact...

Mark Vanderwees, mvanderwees@crcna.org (Regional Ministry Developer for Eastern Canada)

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Community Flourishing Online COHORT

Begins January, 2023 (via Zoom)

Is your congregation interested in helping your neighbourhood and community thrive? 

Join our Community Flourishing COHORT entitled "Becoming a Strengths-based, Community-driven Congregation".

This cohort, held in partnership between Diaconal Ministries Canada and World Renew, will inspire and mobilize your congregation to love, listen to, and engage with your neighbours, neighbourhoods, and local organizations as you seek to cultivate a place of flourishing.

Kingdom vision: We want to see how God sees and envisions the church’s local community. Representatives of a congregation or faith community will focus our attention on seeing how congregations (people and the institution) are called to be active agents responsible for the flourishing and health of its neighborhood and community.

Community-focused: We want to see how the community members experience their neighborhood and join with them in helping the community flourish. Together with the residents of the community, we will discover how to partner with people, associations, organizations and resources and plan ways for the community to flourish.

This cohort will learn and practice the basic principles of strengths-based community driven engagement and then take steps to live them out in the congregation’s neighbourhood.

Starting January 2023, and running on the third Thursdays of the month, at 7:30PM (EST), 6:30pm (CT), 5:30pm (MST), 4:30pm (PST), 8pm (AST), 8:30pm (NST).

Questions? Contact...

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Ongoing Events / Workshops Offered

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