The following resources are intended to help you in developing the ministry of your diaconate. They are helpful to gain a deeper understanding of diaconal work as well as provide proven workable suggestions for newer deacons.
The Deacons' Mandate
Guidelines for Preparing an Offering Schedule
Offerings as Part of Worship
Guidelines for Benevolence
Below is an example of a Deacon Fund Benevolence Policy and financial forms developed and used by a CRC diaconate in Western Canada.
Growing Your Community of Deacons
Devotions in Your Diaconate
Leading an Effective Deacon's Meeting
Fundamentals of... Recruitment
Guidelines for Caring with Compassion
As listed above in the Ten Ways, compassion is made visible through visits to people in the church and in the community. The visit may be to a shut-in with crippling arthritis, a family without adequate housing or a young adult whose mental agonies seem endless. Every visit will have its own unique circumstances; these guidelines will help you set the practical framework for any visit. They provide you with relevant Scripture for many different circumstances, open-ended questions to initiate meaningful conversations and creative suggestions to show others you care.
- Building relationships through effective listening (PDF – from Shalem)
Work Plans & Handbooks
Workplan for Deacons:
- Use this TEMPLATE to help your diaconate develop a plan for the year.
Deacons on the Move, by Katie Karsten
This downloadable diaconal resource was developed with 4 parts. Through exercises, it equips and empowers deacons by kindling and invigorating their diaconal gifts to be used in a genuine, mutually transforming love of neighbour.
- Part 1 unpacks the biblical heart of a deacon. It looks at the charge accepted by the deacon as it relates to varied activities. To maximize the time and capacity of deacons together, a goal-setting exercise with delegation of responsibilities is suggested.
- Part 2 focuses on the importance of each deacon serving out of his/her unique passions and gifts. Church members need to be inspired to be helpful partners in diaconal ministry. Involve and value their participation so the ministry of mercy is multiplied.
- Part 3 provides varied venues/opportunities for deacons to use to love their communities. To assist the church to connect with their neighbours, discover the “Community Opportunity Scan”: how a church experiences God at work in the community and discovers how it might join him.
- Part 4 looks at partners that the deacon/the church has in diaconal ministry. Discover the value of partners and the varied partners that are available: World Renew, Christian Stewardship Services and the Office of Social Justice. Through partnerships, diaconal work is strengthened and enlarged.
The Deacon’s Handbook, by Lori Wiersma and Connie Kuiper VanDyke
Deacons serve God’s people and God’s church in so many ways. They assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and distribute resources, confront injustice, and develop programs of assistance. While this task is vitally important, it can feel overwhelming at times.
Whether you’re a seasoned deacon or someone who’s new to church leadership, this handbook will help you perform your duties with efficiency and compassion as you share God’s love with those around you.