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The Deacons Handbook: A Manual of Stewardship (Berghoef & De Koster)

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An invaluable resource for all who are, or will be, involved in the church's ministry of mercy. Includes chapters on the nature and history of the diaconal office, concrete advice regarding budget and finances, suggestions for enlisting congregational participation in diaconal service, and thought-provoking perspectives on giving and stewardship. Profoundly Christ-centered, solidly based on Scripture, lucid in presentation and down-to-earth in application.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Fundamentals of Stewardship
  2. What May I Keep for Myself?
  3. Why Give?
  4. Why Give Money and Goods?
  5. Why Give to and Through the Church?
  6. How Much? (From Mites to Millions)
  7. The Offices of the Church
  8. The Deacon in the Body
  9. The Deacon in History
  10. The Deacon Today
  11. Biblical Profile: The Office of the Deacon
  12. Levels of Awareness: Faith and Works
  13. The Deacon and the Kingdom
  14. The Deaconess
  15. As Seen from Above and Within
  16. Twin Mysteries
  17. First Circle: Serving the Congregation
  18. Second Circle: Serving the Congregational Needy
  19. Third Circle: Congregational Extension
  20. Fourth Circle: Serving the Neighborhood
  21. Fifth Circle: Seeking out the Neighborhood Needy
  22. Sixth Circle: Cooperative Diakonia: National/ International
  23. Seventh Circle: Positive Diakonia
  24. Blueprints for Deacons
  25. Projections

Appendix I: The Deacon as Trustee



Gerard Berghoef (1926-2007) was the President of Widdicomb Furniture Company and a longtime elder in the Christian Reformed Church. In collaboration with Lester DeKoster and his family, Berghoef also launched the Christian’s Library Press, a publishing endeavor intended to provide timely resources both for the church’s laity and its leadership.

Lester DeKoster (1916–2009) became director of the library at Calvin College and Seminary, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, in 1951. He earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1964, after completing a dissertation on “Living Themes in the Thought of John Calvin: A Bibliographical Study.”