Spreading like Wildfire

By admin | April 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Spreading like Wildfire

While most of our conversations, meetings, newsfeeds and social media messages right now are related to the COVID-19 virus as it spreads around the world, the truth is, something else is spreading too. A message from Ron Vandenbrink, National Director of Diaconal Ministries Canada God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in…

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Signs of Hope in the Midst of Chaos

By Erin Knight | March 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Signs of Hope in the Midst of Chaos

Diaconal Ministries Canada and World Renew partner to offer financial grants to churches and ministries during the Covid-19 crisis For Christians, the rainbow has long been a sign of hope – of promise. When Noah and his family disembarked the ark he built, after the waters receded, God made a promise – a covenant –…

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Meet our Stewardship Pilot Project Coordinator

By Erin Knight | February 18, 2020 | Comments Off on 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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A Church on Mission

By admin | February 12, 2020 | Comments Off on A Church on Mission

With a desire for spiritual renewal, Maple Ridge CRC initiated a Community Opportunity Scan in order to listen to their community, their church, and the Holy Spirit. Photo by Lina Kivaka from Pexels By Cindy Verbeek, Board Member of Diaconal Ministries Canada and Erin Knight Maple Ridge Christian Reformed Church is what you might call…

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Saying Farewell to a Beloved Committee Member

By Erin Knight | February 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Saying Farewell to a Beloved Committee Member

Erin Vandenberg served on Diaconal Ministries Canada’s Operation Manna/NewGround Committee for six (6) years. As Erin’s time on the committee has now concluded, she shared a short reflection about her experience and about the program and its impact. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  All across Canada there are churches filled with people who long to see their…

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Seeing the Unseen

By Dan Galenkamp | January 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Seeing the Unseen

For most of his life, Al Fielding suffered epileptic seizures. Through two local church communities and an encounter with God, he was healed — and now finds himself on his second term as deacon at Jennings Creek CRC. (Photo by Tim Fuzail from Pexels) “I always felt like God had no use for me. I…

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Sparks Fly at Maritime Gathering

By admin | December 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Sparks Fly at Maritime Gathering

By: Karla Winham For over 10 years, a day of encouragement and equipping has been held in the Maritimes. This fall, on Nov. 8 and 9, members and leaders gathered for a time of learning, encouragement, and inspiration at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Truro, N.S. Participants worshipped together, heard presentations, attended workshops, enjoyed…

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The Four “F” Words of Classis & Synod; Part 3 – From Faraway to Feasible

By Erin Knight | November 27, 2019 | Comments Off on The Four “F” Words of Classis & Synod; Part 3 – From Faraway to Feasible

This month we are continuing our series on the four “F” words deacons may utter about classis & synod. When I say ‘we’, I mean Diaconal Ministries Canada and our good friend, Rev. Al Postma of Pastor Church Relations/Classis Renewal. So far we’ve covered “FOREIGN!” and “FORMAL!”. Our hope in writing these articles is to…

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#NotEverythingHasToBeAProtest

By admin | November 20, 2019 | Comments Off on #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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Doing Ministry…One Cup of Coffee at a Time

By Erin Knight | November 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Doing Ministry…One Cup of Coffee at a Time

How does a national organization engage, support, and equip its members in a hands-on, relevant, and meaningful way? Here at Diaconal Ministries Canada we do this through our incredible network of Diaconal Coaches (formerly known as Diaconal Ministry Developers, or DMDs for short). Our trained coaches are available to connect and meet with deacons and…

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