DMC Job Opportunity: Justice Mobilizer

By Marcia Mantel | May 27, 2015 |

Diaconal Ministries Canada (DMC) is looking for a part-time Justice Mobilizer to lead and coordinate our justice strategies.  This position involves collaboration with internal staff, CRCNA agency staff, as well as interaction with external organizations.  This is a contract position for 15 hours per week, reporting to the National Director in the Burlington Ontario office. …

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“I chose you!”

By Marcia Mantel | May 20, 2015 |

(story reprinted with permission from LIFE Recovery, an Operation Manna partner ministry) I came to LIFE Recovery with no hope; addicted to crystal meth, homeless and penniless. My only child was not speaking to me, and my mother had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. I was hard, angry and full of hatred. My…

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Growing a Stronger Missional Heart

By Marcia Mantel | May 6, 2015 |

“Over the last 10-15 years, Bethel CRC transformed from the church ‘out on the highway’ to the church that loves the community.” This is how Diane Leferink describes what God has been doing in Bethel CRC in Acton, Ontario. Many things have undoubtedly contributed to this transformation, but in 2007, the church started a Community Opportunity…

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NEW! Devotion #7

By Marcia Mantel | April 22, 2015 |

Here is the seventh 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 justice. Each devotion…

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Easter and Earth Day

By Marcia Mantel | April 10, 2015 |

What do Earth Day and Easter have in common? Well, they are both around the same time of the year (Earth Day is always celebrated on April 22, so they are sometimes even on the same day)…but the real answer is Christ, obviously! Not so obvious? Consider this. Christ is described as “the firstborn of all…

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Deacons Challenge Congregation to Participate in Reverse Offerings

By Marcia Mantel | March 31, 2015 |

When Rachel Vroege (Regional Ministries Developer -West) from Diaconal Ministries Canada visited the Deacons of Bethel CRC in Saskatoon last year, one idea she presented to us was that of a Reverse Offering.  We were immediately taken with the idea, and went about trying to make it work for our local Rosthern Food Bank.  We explained…

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Refugee Sunday

By Marcia Mantel | March 13, 2015 |

Have you seen a robin yet? There has certainly been extremely cold and stormy weather in many parts of Canada this winter!  Some areas have had excess snow whereas other areas have had incredibly cold temperatures. In Ontario, we experienced the coldest February on record! I find great comfort knowing this weather is in His…

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“Sharing many passions”

By Marcia Mantel | March 4, 2015 |

Diaconal Ministries Canada provides many resources for deacons in the Christian Reformed Church. At the very top of the resource list are the Diaconal Ministry Developers (DMDs). These passionate and creative individuals are encouragers and coaches for deacons. They are experienced in diaconal work and are available to help deacons understand their role and work…

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NEW! Devotions for Deacons #6

By Marcia Mantel | February 19, 2015 |

Here is the sixth 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 third of 3 to focus on deacons and compassion. Each devotion…

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A New Year: setting goals as deacons

By Marcia Mantel | January 23, 2015 |

The beginning of 2015 may feel like a new start after the break for Christmas. Of course there is some continuation of existing ministry patterns and activities; however, some of those activities may follow the established agendas of past leaders or they may cause your diaconate to lose focus because of old dilemmas and diverse…

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