NEW! Devotions for Deacons #5

Here is the fifth devotion for deacons in the latest set of devotionals from Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC). In our conversations with deacons across the country, DMC often summarizes the ministry of the deacon into 4 areas: community ministry, compassion, justice, and stewardship. This devotion is the second of 3 to focus on deacons and compassion. Each devotion…

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NEW! Devotion for Deacons #4

Here is the fourth devotion for deacons in the latest set of devotionals from Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC). In our conversations with deacons across the country, DMC often summarizes the ministry of the deacon into 4 areas: community ministry, compassion, justice, and stewardship. This devotion is the first of 3 to focus on deacons and compassion. Each…

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NEW: Third Devotion for Deacons

Here is the third devotion for deacons in the latest set of devotionals from Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC). In our conversations with deacons across the country, DMC often summarizes the ministry of the deacon into 4 areas: community ministry, compassion, justice, and stewardship. The first 3 devotions focus on deacons and community ministry. Each devotion is…

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Deacons and Transitions

It’s that time of the year again. And it may feel like your diaconate is starting all over. Here are some suggestions to ease the transition for your new deacons and for your diaconate as you move forward together. 10 Important Transitional Issues to Consider: (follow the links for resources connected to each transitional issue)…

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Doing it Differently: Empowering Deacons to Serve

Has your church found it difficult to get people to serve as Deacons and Elders? Our church definitely has experienced this phenomenon in the past few years.  I think our record was more than 8 “no’s” before we got 1 “yes.”  Now that’s pretty sad.  One of the things we were discovering was that people…

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NEW! Devotions for Deacons

Since the last release of a set of devotions specific to deacons and written specifically for use in deacons meetings, there have been requests for another set. Today Diaconal Ministries Canada is publishing the first devotion in a new set. In our conversations with deacons across the country, we often summarize the ministry of the…

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Too Busy to Pray? Not Necessarily…

A few years ago, Willow Creek Church pastor and author Bill Hybels released a cleverly-titled book: Too Busy Not to Pray.  In my mind I know it is true: so many things need to be prayed about, with so much happening in my life and so many needs in the church.  But, in my life,…

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World Renew’s Annual Refugee Sunday

This Sunday, April 6, 2014, is World Renew’s annual Refugee Sunday. Together with World Renew (WR) and Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC), CRCs across Canada celebrate the ministry of mercy and hospitality extended to people who have fled persecution and war.  Offerings received for Refugee Sunday support the World Renew program and refugee sponsorship in Canadian…

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