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.Read More
In this follow-up post, I wanted to highlight one deacon at Hope Fellowship and share about her experiences being in that role and how it impacted her own life. I hope it will inspire deacons to continue on their journey in this vital role or perhaps inspire others who have thought about becoming a deacon but aren’t sure if that would fit them well. – Amanda MasonRead More
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…Read More
A little birdie recently told us that … sometimes deacons don’t like meetings. Really?! And! Apparently deacons aren’t alone in this! But the truth is, people don’t hate meetings; they just hate bad meetings. Would you agree?
So what makes a good meeting?
-a clear agenda/purpose;
-participants being heard/their input being valued;
-a clear start time and end time
-good food/refreshments are always a bonus!
Well, as far as we can tell, our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) checks ALL of those boxes! Let us tell you more…Read More
The interactions my family had with the deacons at our church profoundly influenced my family’s journey toward becoming members of the Christian Reformed Church. They impacted our lives in tremendous ways. I am convinced that my story would have a very different ending if it wasn’t for the support, kindness, and hospitality offered by the deacons, along with God’s leading and direction in our lives. God brought light back into our world through the deacons at Hope, who supported us and showed the love of Jesus.
Let me share some of our family’s story with you…
I am thankful that I was introduced to the writings of Tim Keller and highly recommend his devotional book: “A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs – God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life”. In it, he says that mercy isn’t just the job of the Christian: mercy is the mark of the Christian. This quote just stops me in my tracks. Wearing the mark of mercy is one of the most practical and beautiful ways that we can show the world that we are Christians. Sometimes I overcomplicate it, over-analyze the means by which I show it, or even find excuses why someone isn’t worthy of my mercy. This quote stops the noise in my head.Read More
In 2010, the CARS ministry in Wingham, ON, received a NewGround grant to renovate the shop and get a hoist. This was the boost they needed (literally!) and the ministry has grown since then. Today, CARS is a thriving non-for-profit business that fixes and maintains around 100 cars every year, catering primarily to those on government assistance of some sort – single moms, seniors, and people with disabilities.Read More
“I appreciate the support of NewGround for our ministry, Cross Town,” shared Greg Houldcroft at this year’s Annual Ministry Networking Day. “NewGround gives back to their partners; not just through grants but by pouring into the lives of their partners and its leaders.”
This is what has set the NewGround program apart for over 40 years. The annual Ministry Networking Day is a day that brings past, present, and potential community ministry partners and church partners together to listen, learn, celebrate, and collaborate!Read More
I don’t know about you, but I am inundated with opportunities to give: giving of my time, my energy, my resources. Scrolling through my social media on any given day or checking my inbox, there would be at least three or four organizations that are worthy of my time and support every single day!
If you are part of a church, you are likely exposed to even more worthy causes – both within your denomination and your local community. Quite honestly, it can take the joy out of giving!
So what’s a donor to do?Read More