Deacons encourage their congregations to live stewardly. More practically, to ask the question: “How can my whole life show that Jesus is my Lord?”

Stewardship involves understanding that everything we have is a gift from God and faithfully using what we have (stewarding it) in ways that please Him and bring Him glory.

For simplicity, we say the 4 T's of Stewardship are: Time, Talents (skills/abilities), Treasures (all of our “stuff”), and Trees (Creation).

Benevolence is closely tied to stewardship but more specifically to how we support the people around us. The Christian Reformed Church's charge to the deacons 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.

Diaconal Ministries provides training and materials to foster an acute awareness among deacons and churches of the importance of stewardship in the Christian life.

Please explore the resources below.

“The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”

Psalm 24:1

“In imitation of Christ’s mercy, deacons teach us to love God, our neighbors, and the creation with acts of generous sharing, joyful hospitality, thoughtful care, and wise stewardship of all of God’s gifts.”

CRCNA Form for the Installation of Elders and Deacons – 2016

Stewardship Resources

Overview of the Deacon's Role in Stewardship

"Inspiring faithful stewardship" is a key part of the deacon's charge.

Need more help?

Not sure where to start? Our Diaconal Coaches are here to help.

Getting Started

We've compiled a list of books and other resources to help your diaconate get started.

CRCNA Offering Calendar & Deacon's Worksheet

Check out the CRCNA's Church Year Resources page to find The Offering Calendar, Deacons' Helper Worksheet, and other helpful resources.

Guidelines for Choosing Ministries to Support

Help for deacons to decide which ministries to support.

Offering Schedule Guidelines & Templates

An offering schedule must reflect the vision and direction of the congregation in its ministry.

Stewardship Pilot Project

Do you struggle with how you can help your church to “excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7)?

Fear not, we’ve got your back! In partnership with Christian Stewardship Services and the CRCNA, Diaconal Ministries has launched a Stewardship Pilot Project designed to help deacons increase their churches’ awareness of the Biblical principles of stewardship, and help them live those principles out in practical, measurable ways.

Over the next two years, we’re working with a small team of churches on a journey of learning, coaching and stewardship action. Many of the resources we’re using will show up here on our website over the next months.

Our goal is that this pilot project will lead to a stewardship program that can be implemented across the country, in a wide variety of church contexts.

Benevolence Resources

Guidelines for Benevolence

This valuable resource is intended to help deacons establish a framework for responding to people who request help.

Ministering to Inactive Members

Each church member should be encouraged by its Council to experience the "joy" of giving. Here are some guidelines to help you out.

Sample Benevolence Policy

An example of a Church Benevolence Policy.

Need more help?

Not sure where to start? Our Diaconal Coaches are here to help.

Sample Application for Financial Assistance

A written application form deacons may use when working with someone seeking assistance.

Sample Financial Information Statement

A detailed financial form to give to someone seeking financial assistance.

"Helping Without Harming" Workshop

“When relief is merely a bandaid that alleviates the symptoms of poverty but fails to address the root causes, then it is illegitimate. Such assistance merely helps people to manage their poverty rather than to escape from it.” (Establishing a Church-based Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry, by Amy Sherman)

This workshop trains and equips churches and organizations to address poverty and injustice both locally and globally.

Visit our Events page or contact us today to find an upcoming workshop in your area OR to plan and run your own!

Telephone: (905) 336-2920
Toll-free: 1-800-730-3490

"Helping Without Harming in Church Benevolence" Workshop

“I wish our church could do more to truly help those in financial need among us.”

Have you ever thought that? Building on the teachings of "Helping Without Harming," this workshop will guide your church and deacons to implement a wise approach to your benevolence work.

Included in this workshop is creating an Action Plan for your diaconate, by crafting a thoughtful Benevolence Policy, creating Intake Forms, finding and listing local community programs that your church can partner with, and more.

Contact one of our Regional Ministry Developers to learn more and/or to schedule a workshop today!

Rachel Vroege, Western Canada -

Tammy Heidbuurt, Eastern Canada -

Office: (905) 336-2920 x4304 or 1-800-730-3490