Resources for Deacons: “Guidelines for Benevolence”

In the charge to the deacons, it states that “benevolence is a quality of our life in Christ, and not merely a matter of financial assistance.” Benevolence involves a lifestyle of love,  respect and compassion.

To that end, Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) has developed “Guidelines for Benevolence” to help address attitudes and behaviors that deacons will need as they walk with their neighbours. This resource  also provides some useful ideas to help deacons develop guidelines around helping, a plan of action when providing long-term help, and a way to identify people who will be able to partner with others in this ministry.

DMC’s “Guidelines for Benevolence” was adapted for use in the book, Helping Without Hurting in Church Benevolence by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, also an excellent resource for deacons.



  1. jeannie c strohmeyer on January 4, 2016 at 5:39 am

    How might I get a hard copy of your guidelines for benevolence? Thanks Jeannie

    • Marcia Mantel on January 13, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Jeannie. Thanks for your interest in the Guidelines for Benevolence. You will find them on the deacons’ resource page:

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