• Our work

    Eurodiaconia links diaconal actors to examine social needs, develop ideas and influence policies impacting Poverty and Social Exclusion, Social and Health Care Services and the Future of Social Europe.

    Eurodiaconia also provides a platform for transnational networking and best practice sharing.  


  • Our vision

    As the leading network for diaconal work in Europe, we look to develop dialogue and partnership between members and influence and engage with the wider society.  We do this to enable inclusion, care and empowerment of the most vulnerable and excluded and ensure dignity for all.


  • Our goals

    We aim to see a positive social change in Europe through:

    Praxis, enabling membership engagement and partnerships

    Advocacy, creating a network of competence to impact policies at European and national level

    Identity and values, supporting the development of approaches and thinking on Diaconia in Europe today


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Reflections on diaconia from Eurodiaconia members

Several Eurodiaconia members have engaged in, or are currently involved in, deep reflections within their own countries and churches on the meaning of diaconia: the role of the church and faith in society. Below are results from some recent reflections. Please contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to include additional documents.

Church of Norway (Norway):
Plan for Diaconia (English) 2008
Plan for Diakoni (Nynorsk)
Plan for Diakoni (Bokmål)

This document outlines the church's view of diaconal ministry and describes practical methods to put it in place. For the Church of Norway: "Diaconia is the caring ministry of the church. It is the gospel in action and is expressed through loving your neighbor, creating inclusive communities, caring for creation and struggling for justice."

Danish Diaconal Council - Dansk Diakoniråd (Denmark):

Diaconia Theses (English) 2008

Diakoniteser (Danish)

This document was created as a discussion paper to aid the Danish Diaconal Council in formulating a self-understanding of the identity of diaconia and its means and aims. It contains two perspectives. The first is a "traditional religious-spiritual diaconia". The second is "working day diaconia".

Diakonisches Werk der EKD (Germany):
Charateristics of a Diaconal Culture (English) 2008
Charakteristika einer diakonischen Kultur (German)

This document explores what it means to be "diaconal". Specifically, it seeks to answer the questions: What is a diaconal culture? How can we develop and nurture it? Is a diaconal culture a specific entrepreneurial culture? It's main starting point is attentive care and sensitive compassion towards others.


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