National and Presbytery Summits
The Committee on Diaconal Ministries strives to provide networking and training opportunities for those who “are called to show forth the compassion of Christ in a manifold ministry of mercy toward the saints and strangers on behalf of the church” (OPC Book of Church Order).  (From the CDM Operating Manual rev14a 180406).
Diaconal ministry is inherently local in nature, therefore the role of the CDM at the denominational level is to be a resource for deacons who serve on the regional and local levels as members of presbytery diaconal committees or local diaconates.
On a 2-5 year rotating basis, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries (CDM) hosts National Diaconal Summits and Presbytery Diaconal Summits. Summits usually range from Thursday evening to Saturday morning, and are usually held in the Chicago area.

Presbytery Diaconal Summits:

Presbytery diaconal summits are designed to provide networking and training specifically for members of Presbytery Diaconal Committees (PDC). Each presbytery is encouraged to send four members of its PDC to the summit.
All expenses are paid (including travel) by the Committee on Diaconal Ministries.

National Diaconal Summits:

National diaconal summits are open to all officers in the OPC, including deacons-in-training. The summits are designed to strengthen the network of deacons in the OPC, encourage deacons in their labors, and provide solid diaconal training.
All expenses are paid (except travel) by the Committee on Diaconal Ministries.