Basin & Towel, a new publication of Congregational Life Ministries, offers insights on church planting, deacons, disabilities, family life, intercultural ministries, older adults, spiritual life and discipleship, transforming practices, and youth and young adults. Find out more or subscribe to Basin & Towel.
Deacon Updates - interested in receiving information on upcoming deacon events and other updates? Use the "Login" link in the upper left of this page. Edit your profile to include Deacon Updates. Copies of recent updates can be found below:
- November 2013 - Rethinking Hospitality
- October 2013 - Strangers No More
- September 2013 - Feeders?
- July/August 2013 - The Do-Over
- June 2013 - Renewal
- May 2013 - Serve One Another
- April 2013 - That's My Church!
- March 2013 - Love Feast
- February 2013 - A Full-time Servant
- January 2013 - Let there be music
- December 2012 - Miracles
- November 2012 - So that your days may be long
- October 2012 - We're everywhere
- September 2012 - The New Deacon Manual
- August 2012 - It's Messy
- July 2012 - The road trip
- Essential Servants: Reflections on the Caring Ministries of Deacons, by Fred Swartz
- Essential Servants II: More Reflections on the Caring Ministries of Deacons, by Fred Swartz (includes combined index for Volumes I and II)
Other deacon resources
- The New Deacon Manual
- Go to http://www.brethrenpress.org/, and in the search box in the upper left corner enter the word ‘deacon’ for other documents.
- Downloadable Deacon Emeritus certificate
- "Power of the Towel" by Jonathan Shively.
(The score for Power of the Towel is copyrighted, but may be copied for limited, non-commercial use. For information on terms related to large reproductions, please contact Jonathan Shively at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
End-of-life decision making:
2011 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) keynote presenters Curtis W. Dubble and David E. Fuchs, MD, tell the touching and powerful story of the Dubble family's experience as Curtis' late wife Anna Mary suffered brain damage following a heart attack. Dubble and Fuchs speak frankly about the need for having and communicating advance directives, the importance of developing a strong support system of caregivers, and how crucial a life of faith and prayer is during difficult times.
The hour-long presentation is a helpful resource for individuals, families, deacons, and congregations as they explore end-of-life issues. The audio CD is $10.00 and the video DVD is $15.00.