A commentator suggested that for younger Quebecers sovereignty is not the burning issue it had been for a previous generation. Could the same be said about the CRC?
April 15, 2014 0 2 comments
In a classical discussion the people arguing against a proposed classical staff position pointed out that churches already have lots of resources available to them. Now, there is one less resource for congregations to access.
April 1, 2014 0 1 comments
A phone call asking what to do with “papers” raises questions about the nature of church membership a highly mobile society where people move from country to country and church to church.
March 18, 2014 1 1 comments
One of the recommendations in last year’s Diakonia: Remixed report was that the Christian Reformed Church allow for longer, more flexible terms of service for elders and deacons. I recently discovered that the Presbyterian Church in Canada had taken a step in the opposite direction.
February 25, 2014 2 2 comments
I can hardly remember seeing or hearing a church visit report that was anything less than glowing. Does this reflect the questions visitors ask? Do we only find what we are looking for?
February 18, 2014 0 0 comments
Classis was postponed because of a winter storm warning. When a meeting is postponed we begin to wonder whether meeting is even necessary.
February 4, 2014 0 0 comments
Maybe it was just January, but we were weary and the churches we served felt the same. What can classes can do to help weary churches, and what resources do classes need to do this?
January 28, 2014 0 0 comments
I have only served as a church visitor once so I cannot claim any deep insight into the position. However, for most of my term I wondered whether classis really cared whether or not visits were made.
January 21, 2014 0 1 comments
The role of a classical counsellor is simply to see that “ecclesiastical regulations have been observed” in the calling of a minister. Is something more needed in a time when the relationship between congregation and pastor is a cause for concern?
January 14, 2014 0 2 comments
If a person is willing to lie to self, a spouse, a church council, a congregation and to God, why do we expect that person will be honest and transparent in an accountability group?
December 13, 2013 0 2 comments
The day began with worship, classis has been declared constituted and the chair for the day says, “Okay, let’s turn to item IV, B, 3, e”. You spend the rest of the day flipping pages trying to figure out where you are. Classical agendas are shaped with different goals in mind. These do not always include user friendliness.
December 3, 2013 0 0 comments
At a Council meeting it became clear that most members had little experience with or awareness of classis. What can classis do to spread the word?
November 18, 2013 0 0 comments
When I was ordained into ministry, the assumption was that a call to ministry was a call for life. In the years since then, that assumption has been challenged.
November 5, 2013 0 3 comments
On a flight home from classis I wondered why the six churches in our region didn’t meet as a sub-classis from time to time. To the best of my knowledge this is an idea that is rarely implemented.
October 25, 2013 0 1 comments
In 2006 the synod of the Christian Reformed Church changed article 41 of the church order. To the best of my knowledge there has never been an evaluation to determine whether the revision has proven to be an effective way to encourage mutual accountability and address issues of common concern.
October 17, 2013 0 1 comments
Classis does many things well, but sometimes there are too many people in the room.
October 11, 2013 0 0 comments
There is much I like about the shepherding model. I especially like the emphasis on listening. I just think that the listening should take place sooner.
October 2, 2013 0 0 comments
I told the construction worker that I was a little jealous that my sons got to go to work wearing safety boots and hard hats. With a knowing grin he said, “The grass is always greener.” Then he stopped himself and added, “But I wouldn't want to do what you do.”
September 18, 2013 0 2 comments
The time for fall classis meetings is fast approaching. In the past I have written about letting go and not speaking too much at meetings. This time, both for my benefit and for others, I’d like to share some ideas about speaking at a classis meeting.
September 9, 2013 0 0 comments
In my experience deputies usually perform their task with the wisdom and decorum that is called for. Not everyone agrees.
September 3, 2013 0 3 comments
Churches that tell stories tend to be healthier than those that rely on more traditional means of communication. How might classes incorporate storytelling into their deliberations?
August 22, 2013 0 0 comments
He was from a generation that viewed delegation to classis as an honour to be embraced, not an obligation to be avoided.
August 15, 2013 0 0 comments
Pastors who experience article 17 lose their worshipping community. We sometimes hear that classis ought to do something. But, can a classis provide pastoral care?
August 5, 2013 0 4 comments
People in the stands see things that might not be noticed on the playing field. But no one is helped by someone yelling from the stands.
July 29, 2013 0 0 comments
At synod this summer I could not shake the feeling that some things were not discussed. Issues of structure and culture, leadership and trends are difficult to address, but an approach for dealing with questions like these can be found in a report that synod took note of without noticing.
July 16, 2013 0 1 comments