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Diakoneo Tribe

“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:18  

“So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” Acts 6:2-4

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him…Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” Colossians 3:17,23

Image by Austin Kehmeier

Diakoneo (dee-ak-on-eh’-o) is the Greek word for “to serve” as in the caring for the needs of others as the Lord guides in an active, practical way.  Scripture tells us that the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables.”  So, they decided to choose others from the disciples who were known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom and turn the responsibility over to them.  That is what the Diakoneo Tribe is all about.  It is this Tribes responsibility to be about the business of creating, developing, and maintaining a wide variety of retail and conference centers throughout our facilities that provide income, as well as work training opportunities for our Sojourners.  

It would be nice to have “reaching out to the entire world for Jesus Christ” as the goal of this Tribe, but realistically, the only way that is ever going to happen is to start right in our own little corner of the world.  House by house, and block by block, our neighborhood borders can only expand after we have thoroughly reached out and saturated each of our neighbors with the love of Christ. Therefore, what must be a very fired-up Tribe is responsible for using every retail and conference setting to assure that at every opportunity we are enthusiastically reflecting and spreading the Gospel message. Restoring lost hope and dignity to the people who enter our facilities on a professional and social level is the essence of why we exist as we strive to lead individuals to an understanding of the Gospel message found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John of salvation alone through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ alone. This critical message can only be relayed when all our retail and conference opportunities reflect the Love of Christ through their settings and through each of their employees.


Critical thinking regarding the promotion and resolving potential objections and critiques, while striving to get the Gospel message into the community is at the root of this Tribes responsibility.  The promotion of retail and service opportunities to the community must not only provide training opportunity for our Sojourners, but must result in necessary sales to generate needed income, with a feeling of acceptance and good will from the community.

The DiakoneoTribe oversees the following: 

  • Barnabas Center

  • Emporium Centre

  • Loaves and Fishes Conference Center

  • Pentecost Park with Celebration Chalet

  • Trials and Tribulations Mini-Golf Course and Clubhouse

Retail Store Operations Include:

  • Appliance Booth

  • Baruch’s Business Shop (Print it again, Scribe)

  • Boanerges Baubles, Trinkets and Gourmand Treat Carts

  • Camel’s Caravan Marketplace

  • Candles of Milwaukee

  • Fin Feather and Fur Sports Stuff

  • Geek Games   

  • Gizmos and Gadgets

  • Indian Village Trading Post

  • Joseph’s Storehouse

  • King’s Garden

  • Missionary Worldwide Treasures

  • Pinball Alley

  • Reason for the Season   

  • Sharps & Flats Angelic Notes   

  • Tabitha’s Trend

  • Tick-Tock Clock Shop   

  • The Way   

  • Toymaker’s Shoppe   

  • Upholstery Booth   

  • Way Off Broadway Gift Shop

  • WI

Retail Food Service Operations include:

  • Acacia Gardens Cabaret

  • Agora Food Hall  

  • Eat Meat Butchers

  • Grace’s Goodies

  • Peter & Andrew Fishmongers   

  • Opal's Bakery   

  • General Popcorns Wagon   

  • Golden Rule Mart   

  • Real Chicago Style Pizza

  • Twisted Pretzels-Crazy Dogs

Curious as to what in the world some of these are?  Want more information? Check it out.

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