Diaconal Ministries Canada and the Operation Manna (OM) Program value the experience and expertise of their OM 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 OM 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.
Past Ministry Networking Day Stories:
MY House is one of our Operation Manna (OM) partners. In partnership with Mission Hills Community CRC, MY House is a centre for vulnerable youth that provides essential services like a place to eat, shower, do laundry and access medical care.
Calvin Williams, Manager of MY House, was one of the participants of the MND 2017 and offered some encouraging feedback after the day’s workshops:
“I was very impressed with the quality of teaching and interaction that was presented at the Networking Day. I was impressed at the high regard that the CRC and ministries represented had for justice work and how it is integral in God’s mission. I felt encouraged that there is a large representation of believers from a mainline church that are as passionate about God’s justice for the “least of these” as I am.
“The presenters offered clear scriptural support for justice work and brought our attention to passages of the Bible that traditionally have not been associated with justice work. We were led through really appropriating Scripture to our calling and daily work. This was affirming.
“I learned a lot about Appreciative Inquiry and how it can be used to connect with our participants and address problematic issues. I used it in the week I returned back to work with great results.
“During the Networking Day, I also made some connections with other ministries who are involved in areas that I want our ministry to expand into. We look forward to connecting with the other ministries further as we continue to develop.
I learned a lot about Appreciative Inquiry and how it can be used to connect with our participants and address problematic issues. I used it in the week I returned back to work with great results.
“Thank you for the opportunity to attend the Networking Day!”
MND 2016: “Telling God’s Story”
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, highlighting 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 the MND.”
For a summary of the table conversations, click here.