Diaconal Ministries Canada
Annual Report 2009-2010
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: The old has gone, the new has
come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the
ministry of reconciliation...we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.” (from 2 Cor.5:17-20)
Diaconal Ministries Canada cares deeply that God is calling His church to care about
communities and neighbourhoods. The life and ministry of Jesus anchors DMC’s vision of
Transforming Communities in Christ! We praise God that churches across Canada continue to
reach out to their communities in creative ways.
Deacons provide critical leadership and are catalysts in the “body” of Christ to spearhead the
movement of the church into rural, suburban or urban communities. While the focus may be a
“conversation circle” for refugees, a sports program for neighbourhood youth, or a community
garden, the relationship-building with others continues the ministry that Jesus began.
We are pleased to present you with our Annual Report for 2009-10. It is our hope that these
stories inspire your diaconate/church to begin another new initiative in the year ahead. Do you
have a vision or a dream for engaging your community, equipping deacons, or encouraging
justice? We would love to talk to you!!
Our staff, Diaconal Ministry Developers, committee and board members across the country
welcome opportunities to meet with you to plan new ways to be the church at work. The DMC
network is your network.
Our ministry is possible because of your support through Diaconal Ministry Shares, the
Operation Manna offering and church offerings. We thank you for your partnership in the
gospel in 2009-10, and for the year ahead.
Hans Kater (National Director) & Mark Bassie (Board Chair)
Our Mission Statement:
To inspire, equip and encourage deacons, churches and their partners
in transforming communities with the love of Christ.
Multiplying Ministry Gil gave us advice on many aspects of “The
Mess,” and we spent several weeks praying
about where God was leading. As a result,
In July 2008, I met Gil Clelland “The Mess” in Kingston started in November
at Huron SERVE where he spoke and operates as a drop-in centre. God is
about his ministry in London and shared good!
several stories. Gil talked about “The
Mess,” an Operation Manna-supported I was also inspired by Gil’s newsletters and
ministry that offers food, art-making started creating my own about “the Mess”
and community to street-level youth. I in Kingston. I send it to people who I know
am an artist and have a love for people will pray for this ministry. One of these
who are hurting. God used Gil’s stories people is a family friend who lives in
to speak to my heart. In July 2009, I was able to experience first- hand some Orillia. She was moved by the updates
of Gil’s ministry at the street level. God and asked me for permission to forward
used this to convict me to look into, and them on to key leaders in her church. Last
spend much time in prayer about starting May, at a Classis Quinte Missional Clusters
“The Mess” in Kingston. meeting, I talked to Pam DeWilde, then
DMC’s National Ministry Developer, and
In September, 2009, my friend and fellow learned that Orillia had begun to talk
artist, Sandi Dodds approached me about about starting a similar ministry. Isn’t it
starting an art group at Kingston Christian amazing how God is at work even when we
School. I shared with her my sense of don’t realize?
calling to start an art ministry at the street -Mechele te Brake
level. Sandi was very excited as well.
2009-2010 A Community Opportunity
Scan (COS) helps a church get
Last Year Operation Manna (OM) is a
national program of DMC.
THANK-YOU to 176 There are 17 OM
• 12 CRC churches churches that took an partners across Canada.
Highlights to know its neighbours by
It turns your church’s offering for OM. 3 post-COS churches
discovering opportunities to support into funding and
about a COS applied for OM grants.,
partner with churches, support for other churches PRAISE GOD that
• 10 CRC churches there were 14 renewals
organizations, and people in as they become involved in those offerings
completed a COS and 3 new applications.
the community. community ministry. totaled $221,001!
DMDs Walk With Diaconates DOEs from Coast to Coast 2009-2010 Highlights
At one of my workshops for the Central Days of Encouragement (DOEs) are
Alberta Parkland churches, I read a held annually across Canada to Last year, Days of
devotion Encouragement were held in
refresh, encourage and equip
from the Ancaster, Ottawa & Edmonton.
participants for ministry. They also
build community, present vision for A workbook called “Deacons on
ministry, offer a safe place for the Move” was posted at
by Jesse conversations on difficult topics, and www.diaconalministries.com.
Schut. The provide an inclusive environment. These “field-tested” resources
years, and celebrated with a are helping deacons in their
next day I special Michael Card concert.
2009 marked a milestone for the commitment to ministry, and
an email from a deacon in Rocky Ancaster DOE. It began in 1959 as Participants felt that “God’s Spirit encouraging them to develop
the All Ontario Diaconal was alive” and evident that day their gifts for ministry.
Mountain House. They had very much
appreciated the devotion, and asked me Conference, a gathering of a few and that it was an amazing
Diaconal Ministry Developers
if I could give them suggestions for deacons at Mount Hamilton CRC. opportunity to “share with
(DMDs) are equipped to help
devotions to be used for their monthly Last year, Ancaster DOE committed and inspired people of deacons, through workshops and
meetings. It is a real privilege to help participants praised God for 50 faith.” conversations, to discover their
deacons to grow closer in their gifts and develop their
relationship with God and each other by leadership skills.
providing them with resources. Then they
can minister to their congregations and Active DMDs: 20 (1 new)
community. I think that is what serving 53 Canadian CRCs were visited
our wonderful God is all about: helping by DMDs last year, in addition to
each other grow closer to Him. the many visits made by DMC
-Louisa Vande Bunte, Diaconal staff. These visits stimulate vision
Ministry Developer, Classis Alberta for ministry and provide
North opportunities and equipping for
greater skill development.
The area of justice is not new for DMC want to ensure that they have the same
-it is something that is close to our rights and privileges that we enjoy. We
hearts. If you and your church are want to ensure that the challenges of their
involved in your community, justice is situation don’t impact how they are does the
not new for you either. treated. Lord
You don’t have to look far to see lives, It starts with learning. And that’s where you? To act
situations, and contexts where we need DMC’s justice materials start too. But justly, to
to encourage justice. You know about once you have a better understanding, love mercy
the challenges of reconciliation with what do you do then?
and to walk
Aboriginal people; maybe you know
of a single Mom who struggles to Check out www.diaconalministries.com for humbly with
support herself and her child. What information and action steps so that you your God.”
about the availability of affordable may encourage justice as you walk with Micah 6:8
housing in your community? There are your neighbour.
other situations: people who are
marginalized because of mental health For now, you will find DMC’s
issues or physical disabilities., or skilled justice resources under the
refugees who cannot find meaningful “Diaconal Ministry” tab on
employment. the home page.
We are redesigning the
Whenever we love our neighbour in website to give justice
tangible ways, and want to walk with
materials higher visibility.
them in ministry and relationship, we
On-line at www.diaconalministries.com , you will
2009-2010 find information on 8 people groups who often
experience injustice. In the past year, DMC
Highlights continued to update and promote these materials
to help churches understand their call to do
justice. In the coming year, we hope to add more
resources for churches and individuals to access.
resources Where DMC’s
Diaconal Ministry Developer
(DMD) Services: 7%
Education & Partnerships:
Operation Manna Grants:
Boards and Committees: 3%
Services, Operation &
DMC Staff: 39%
Diaconal Ministry Shares: 51% Management: 8%
Operation Manna: 42%
Church Offerings: 5%
Other:1% Where DMC’s
Chair: Mark Bassie (Classis Niagara)
Vice Chair: Joe Doef (Classis Alberta North)
Treasurer: Simon Apperloo (Classis AB South/Sask)
DMC’s Secretary: Arlene Bennink (Classis Hamilton)
Board Mary Blydorp
Of John Richey
(Classis BC SE)
Directors Elna Siebring
(Classis Eastern Canada)
Melissa Van Dyk (Classis BC NW)
Paul Voortman (Classis Superior)
Classis AB North: Peter Ages, Louisa Vande Bunte
Classis AB South: Jean deBeer, George Lubberts
Gerrit Keegstra, Gordon Pierik, Ron Vanden Brink, Gary Veeneman
Ron DeSmit, John Klein-Geltink, Diane Plug
Tammy Heidbuurt, Harmene Sytsma
Len Bakelaar, Fred VanderSterre
Classis Niagara: Al Bezuyen, Karin Vermeer Developers
Classis Quinte: Bev De Vries, Renee Page
Classis Toronto: Caroline Versteeg
Farewell to a Friend and
Co-Worker Hans Kater National Director
Pam DeWilde, DMC staff for Madeline Robins Executive Assistant
8 ½ years, will be missed by Katie Karsten Regional Diaconal Ministry Developer
her colleagues and the many
Operation Manna partner
DMC Fred VanderSterre
Regional Diaconal Ministry Developer
Regional Diaconal Ministry Developer
ministries she impacted in her
role as a Community Ministry
Staff Tammy Heidbuurt
Community Ministry Developer West
Community Ministry Developer East
Developer. We pray that Marcia Mantel Communications Coordinator
God will bless her richly as
she serves Him elsewhere.
Top (left) and Bottom (right): Participants of Operation Manna-funded Rose City Kidz
Top (middle): Workshop leader at the Ancaster Day of Encouragement
Top (right): Operation Manna funds a number of ministries for single Moms and their babies
Bottom (left): Wingham’s Operation Manna-funded CARS ministry
Bottom (right): Operation Manna-funded community garden in Calgary
Top: Tammy Heidbuurt, Community Ministry Developer, addresses attendees at Ministry Networking Day
Bottom: DMC’s National Director, Hans Kater
Page 2 (Building Community)
Left: Participant at Operation Manna-funded The Mess in Kingston
Middle: Operation Manna-funded CARS ministry in Wingham
Right (top): Participant at Operation Manna-funded Rose City Kidz
Right (bottom): 2010 Operation Manna brochure cover
Page 3 (Equipping Deacons)
Left: DMC’s Henry Bosch (in black), Regional Diaconal Ministry Developer, leads a workshop
Middle: Worship at the Ancaster Day of Encouragement
Right (top): Workshop at the Ancaster Day of Encouragement
Right (bottom): Brochure celebrating 50 years of the Ancaster Day of Encouragement
Page 4 (Justice)
All: Photos depicting the various people groups that DMC focuses on in the justice section of our website (www.diaconalministries.com)
Page 5 (Resources)
Top: DMC’s Katie Karsten talks to Diaconal Ministry Developers at their annual gathering.
Bottom: Operation Manna-funded Lockside Cove Café in St. Catharines, Ontario
Top: Part of the large crowd of Ancaster Day of Encouragement registrants
Bottom: former staff person, Pam DeWilde