Online Course Redefines Stewardship

By admin | March 17, 2023 | Comments Off on 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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Sharing Me-mentos on Valentine’s

By Erin Knight | March 7, 2023 | Comments Off on Sharing Me-mentos on Valentine’s

A little kindness can go a long way. The Deacons at Bethel CRC in Listowel got creative and shared a small gift to their church in order to show them what being a deacon is all about!

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Bethel Church Puts Love in Act(i)on with Coffee Trailer

By admin | February 9, 2023 |

Bethel CRC in Acton has worked intentionally over the past years to be an integral part of their local community. While at the annual fall fair, church members noticed there was no hot beverage vendor. They began to dream and wonder how they could use this opportunity to move toward their community. Then an idea came to them – a mobile coffee trailer they could bring to any and all community events!

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Building Community Ministries from the (new)Ground Up

By Erin Knight | December 14, 2022 | Comments Off on Building Community Ministries from the (new)Ground Up

For years, Bethany CRC in Fenwick, Ontario, was engaged in global missions work. Yet each time their teams returned, they wondered what missions might look like in their own backyard. The church had a huge heart for youth and was already running a summer kids camp. After much discussion and prayer, it was decided they would start by canvassing in various neighbourhoods in the nearby city of Welland, to invite children to come out to a free Saturday afternoon program in a downtown church. Rose City Kids (RCK) was born!

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Online Stewardship Course Going Live January 2023

By Erin Knight | December 1, 2022 |

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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Thinking “Local” at Christmas

By Erin Knight | November 14, 2022 |

“We wanted to encourage our congregation to be generous both locally and globally and find ways to use their gifts and passions in ways that would contribute to the partnerships we were trying to establish with a few local organizations,” shared Jean DeBeer, former deacon, current World Renew Ambassador, and Diaconal Coach for Diaconal Ministries Canada. “Getting our church more ‘invested’ with a local Giving Tree is one way we as a church are growing our relationship/involvement with our community.”

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Hamilton Church Plant Offers Unique Internship Opportunity

By Erin Knight | August 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Hamilton Church Plant Offers Unique Internship Opportunity

Are you looking to serve and learn alongside lifelong urban ministry leaders working out their faith in urban Hamilton?
New Hope, an emerging Christian Reformed Church in East Hamilton, Ontario, is hosting a unique internship for Classis Hamilton and surrounding churches which will launch this fall.

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Retiring Diaconal Coach Shares her Top 10 Moments

By admin | July 8, 2022 | Comments Off on Retiring Diaconal Coach Shares her Top 10 Moments

Lucinda Klapwyk served the Edmonton area churches of Classis AB North as a Diaconal Coach for twelve (12) years. Lucinda “retired” from her position as a Coach this June 2022. At a recent farewell dinner for Lucinda, she shared with us her many memories and reflections. Here are her Top 10 moments as a Diaconal Coach…

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Flood Relief Efforts Continue in BC Thanks to new Coalition

By Erin Knight | May 31, 2022 | Comments Off on Flood Relief Efforts Continue in BC Thanks to new Coalition

While most of the country has moved on, relief efforts continue in the southern part of British Columbia as many still work to rebuild homes and businesses and feed their families. One church that has led the way is Gateway CRC in Abbotsford, setting up a Flood Response Strategy to help address the intermediate and long-term spiritual and material needs of local residents.

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The Gospel Lived Out Through Fire & Flood

By admin | May 20, 2022 | Comments Off on The Gospel Lived Out Through Fire & Flood

Through the ongoing challenges of natural disasters in their community, Evergreen CRC near Edmonton, AB, has been able to develop new relationships with people in their city as well as with other non-profits and organizations, all because they were able to use the gifts they were entrusted with to show people the love of God.

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