World Renew is now offering an online newsletter just for deacons known as Deacons Link. The post below is a copy of the November issue as a sample of what you will receive when you sign up. To subscribe, simply click on Deacons Link.
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“Deacons, then, are to serve the members in a rich diversity of ministry, awakening compassion, demonstrating mercy, seeking justice, the ministry of reconciliation, and peacemaking.”
The Giving Tree Project 2014
This giving project includes a poster, instructional inserts, and one set of 32 unique ornaments with ribbon to hang on your Advent, Easter, or Christmas tree. Perfect for churches, small groups, families, and day or church schools—or use as gift tags on your Christmas gifts! Use The Giving Tree Project with the World Renew 2014-2015 Gift Catalog, or check out the new Group Giving Guide in the center of this year’s catalog to give collectively!
Live Justly Curriculum
The release of our Live Justly small group curriculum is on back order. We hope it will still be released by the end of November and when it is available you [Deacons Link subscribers] will be one of the first people to receive a copy. In the meantime we would like to share with you another book that will be coming in the mail. The Locust Effect, by Gary Haugen, narrates why cycles of poverty persist in some countries and locations while it is able to be extinguish in others. World Renew’s board read and discussed the book; we hope you will find it helpful as well.
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Devotional for Deacons: November
Building Diaconal Partnerships
Too often local congregations act as if they alone are the Church or Body of Christ in the community . . . that they alone are doing God’s work . . . alone. This perspective or mindset can be especially challenging and often discouraging to deacons in smaller congregations. The truth, however, is that many, if not most, congregations–especially in the U.S. and perhaps Canada–are in communities or areas where there are other churches (not necessarily CRC of course), ministries, and/or faith-based Christian organizations working with and supporting individuals and families in some way. I believe that we need to both view and work with other Christians (churches, ministries, organizations, neighbors, etc.) in our communities in a way that more faithfully reflects the Church as the Body of Christ that we are.
As deacons and those involved in diaconal work on behalf of a local congregation, this means that we should explore ways to support and work with individuals and families. Increasingly, as we act and look more like the Body of Christ that we are we will also
1. become better stewards of the time and resources which God has given;
2. present a more unified witness for Christ to the community;
3. do a better job of transforming lives and our community for God’s Kingdom; and
4. experience more satisfaction and less discouragement as we seek to fulfill our diaconal calling and responsibilities.
What about your congregation?
* What might prevent deacons from working with other churches, ministries or organizations in their local community?
* Do you think deacons would be supported by their pastor(s) and other congregational ministry leaders if they wanted to develop diaconal partnerships?
* How could church/community neighbors–those living in the community–become involved with deacons and those from other organizational entities?
Building Diaconal Partnerships was originally written by Jack Kooyman, HDC’s Executive Director, for the CRCNA Deacons Network, April 15, 2014.
If you have a story that could provide encouragement for other deacons through Deacons Link please email Abigail Genzink at firstname.lastname@example.org.