Deacon Workshops

So What are Deacons Supposed to Do, Anyway? (The Four Functions of Deacons)
What are the four functions, what do they really mean, and how can you make them come alive in your work with your congregation? From Advocacy to Unity, this workshop will offer ideas on how you can apply these functions in today’s church.

The Art of Listening
The traditional annual visit before Love Feast seldom happens today, but hospital, home and other visits with church members are a big part of a deacon’s work. Those visits can be challenging, especially if you don’t know the person well. This workshop will revolve around several visitation scenarios and offer ideas on how to best be compassionate and supportive.

Deacons and Pastors: The Pastoral Care Team
How does the team look in your church? Are you comfortable with your role as a deacon? What is the relationship between the pastor(s) and the deacon ministry? Hear thoughts on what a good team looks like and how to deal with the challenges a pastoral care team might face.

Deacon Spirituality
It’s generally assumed that those called to be deacons have a strong faith and are spiritually mature. But here you are, with the same questions and doubts as everyone else. This workshop will provide a forum to discuss spirituality both in terms of providing spiritual guidance to others, and walking more confidently in your own faith journey.

Offering Support During Grief and Loss
Whether the loss is sudden or expected, the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult of life’s challenges. And, everyone experiences grief differently, making it that much more complicated to provide support. Listen and learn from a variety of experiences to be better able to provide support when someone’s world has collapsed.

Mental Health First Aid
Deacons and pastors are often the first to be contacted when mental health disorders begin, especially in rural areas. Many, however, lack training, and are concerned that they may say or do the "wrong" thing. This workshop will give non-mental health professionals key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide will be discussed as examples.

Answering the Call
Are your deacons unmotivated, burned out, acting in rather un-deaconlike ways? Do you have potential deacons reluctant to accept the call, afraid that they aren’t ‘good enough’ or that they just don’t have time? This workshop will help you consider ways to help your current deacons stay engaged, encourage new deacons to accept the call, and enhance the overall relationship between deacons and those they serve.

Reconciliation and Peacemaking
As Brethren, the pursuit of peace is – or should be – top of mind. More often than not, though, our thoughts of peace are more in terms of worldview rather than a look into the windows of our own congregations. Learn how to analyze and reconcile differences on multiple levels within your congregation so that our churches remain models of peace.

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