Diaconal Ministries Canada and Operation Manna value the experience and expertise of their Operation Manna Partners. An annual Ministry Networking Day (MND) provides an exciting forum for encouraging one another and sharing best practices. Partner staff and volunteers, as well as DMC staff and Operation Manna Committee members, have an opportunity to participate together in workshops such as: measuring the effectiveness of a ministry; how to begin a mentoring ministry; recruiting volunteers; board development and others. If you’d like to learn more about this event, please contact us.

Ministry Networking Day 2016: “Telling God’s Story”

Sue CarrOn May 27, Operation Manna partners and local ministry representatives gathered together for a day of networking and sharing.

Keynote speaker and Executive Director of 541 Eatery and Exchange, Sue Carr (pictured at left) led us in reflections about the simplicity and power of stories, encouraging us to share our stories, listen to others, and begin to understand how these stories shape our lives and ministry.

Later, participants were encouraged to participate in various facilitated table conversations, highlightingMND 2_edited relevant themes for ministry such as sensitivity training for volunteers, diversity and inclusion, fundraising, building partnerships, and pursuing justice.

Scott Jones, Executive Director of Micah House (at right, green shirt), said that he “liked the idea of hearing others’ best practices,” and that those conversations were a “highlight” for him.

The day was a blessing to participants and an opportunity to meet others involved in local ministry. For Anna Bailey of Camp SHOUT at Jubilee Church, the blessings will continue. She met table conversation facilitator Bernadette Arthur, CRC Race Relations who will now be helping with staff training. For Anna, this was “a great bonus that came out of MND.”

For a summary of the table conversations, click here.