Offerings in a Post-Pandemic Era

What has changed about the way our congregations give money to the church and its ministries? How has the “Offering Time” changed in a post-pandemic era?

The following four (4) questions were posed to a group of fifty-five (55) Deacon Chairs from eight (8) classis in Eastern Canada in the fall of 2023 at various “Diaconal Chair Conversations”. These conversations were facilitated by Diaconal Ministries Canada staff and a consolidated summary is what follows here in this article.

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When Church & Community Come Together

Over ten years ago, a group of people at John Calvin CRC began dreaming about how to combine the assets and resources of the church with their local community while addressing food insecurity and promoting wise, environmental stewardship.

Located behind the church, the Glenwood Drive Community Garden was born! Today this garden is a shared space for all who enjoy the beauty of nature; growing their own food, or just getting their hands dirty! Watch their 10th Anniversary video here…

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Online Course Redefines Stewardship

A brand new, self-guided, online stewardship course is now available to deacons and churches. We often say that everything we have is a ‘gift’ from God, but sometimes that thinking can lead us a little astray. When someone gives a gift, it’s not theirs anymore – it becomes ours, to use as we please. But stewardship isn’t like that…

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Online Stewardship Course Going Live January 2023

Deacons are to encourage their congregations to live stewardly. More practically, to ask the question: “How can my whole life show that Jesus is my Lord?” It’s no secret that deacons often struggle with carrying out this part of their mandate. Help is now here!

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Let’s Learn About Stewardship!

Are you interested in learning more about what stewardship really means – beyond just money in the offering plate?
Our next online book study will start Monday, October 19th and run for 5 weeks. Together we’ll look at the book “What Do I Owe? Managing the Gifts God Gives You”. Through this study we’ll learn how Christ-followers can use our time, talents, and even trees to live a grateful and generous life in service to Him.

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Meet our First Youth Justice Project Partner!

The students at Unity Christian School in Chilliwack, BC are committed to being good stewards of God’s creation. Over the course of three years, the grade 7 class has created a recycling and composting program at their school. Yet they knew they could do better. In their class discussions, they found that most of the…

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Meet our Stewardship Pilot Project Coordinator

In partnership with Christian Stewardship Services and the CRCNA Canadian Ministries Team, Diaconal Ministries Canada has launched a Stewardship Pilot Project aimed at helping deacons increase their churches’ awareness of the Biblical principles of stewardship and help them live those principles out in practical, measurable ways.  We are pleased to announce that Karla Winham will…

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#NotEverythingHasToBeAProtest

This story was posted on the DoJustice Blog on November 18, 2019, in partnership with the Office of Social Justice. ———- I have yet to join a Friday Climate Strike. Not because I don’t think climate is important. I understand the clear science behind climate change and have seen firsthand the devastating impacts both in…

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Becoming a Greener Church – Creation Care Series, Part 3

This month we are finishing up our mini-series on Creation Care, which we started in April, partly in celebration of Earth Day. But as we recall from our last post, EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY, right?! It is our Christian responsibility to care for God’s creation, which not only includes personally in our homes, but…

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