- engaging Community
- equipping Deacons
These resources provide encouragement and clarity to the work of the diaconate. They are the result of many years of “field testing” and have helped deacons excel in their commitment to ministry.
Deacons on the Move
by Katie Karsten
This downloadable diaconal resource was developed with 4 parts. Through exercises, it equips and empowers deacons by kindling and invigorating their diaconal gifts to be used in a genuine, mutually transforming love of neighbour.
Part 1 unpacks the biblical heart of a deacon. It looks at the charge accepted by the deacon as it relates to varied activities. To maximize the time and capacity of deacons together, a goal-setting exercise with delegation of responsibilities is suggested.
Part 2 focuses on the importance of each deacon serving out of his/her unique passions and gifts. Church members need to be inspired to be helpful partners in diaconal ministry. Involve and value their participation so the ministry of mercy is multiplied.
Part 3 provides varied venues/opportunities for deacons to use to love their communities. To assist the church to connect with their neighbours, discover the “Community Opportunity Scan”: how a church experiences God at work in the community and discovers how it might join him.
Part 4 looks at partners that the deacon/the church has in diaconal ministry. Discover the value of partners and the varied partners that are available: World Renew, Christian Stewardship Services and the Office of Social Justice. Through partnerships, diaconal work is strengthened and enlarged.
The Deacon's Handbook
by Lori Wiersma and Connie Kuiper VanDyke
Deacons serve God's people and God's church in so many ways. They assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and distribute resources, confront injustice, and develop programs of assistance. While this task is vitally important, it can feel overwhelming at times.
Whether you're a seasoned deacon or someone who's new to church leadership, this handbook will help you perform your duties with efficiency and compassion as you share God's love with those around you.
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