“How do we encourage people to serve as elders and deacons?” This is one of the more frequent responses to the church article 41 questions on the credentials for classis. That makes me wonder whether we are asking the right question.
August 11, 2014 0 1 comments
A journey wall is a congregation wide experience in which a congregation posts their memories of positive and challenging experiences with the church, puts their story into chapters and then looks for repeated patterns across the life of the church.
July 14, 2014 0 0 comments
Sometimes I wonder whether When Helping Hurts hurts helping.
June 30, 2014 0 5 comments
A pastor I know once visited a church he’d served some years before. During the visit a member of that church had apologized for the way he’d acted while my colleague was his pastor.
June 16, 2014 1 5 comments
The succession plan outlined in the Board of Trustees (BOT) supplement to the Agenda for Synod indicates that both the previous interim Executive Director and deputy Executive Director will continue on in other roles until March of 2015. Does any other organization work this way?
June 9, 2014 3 5 comments
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who is a pastor. Our conversation drifted towards preaching and how much our own preaching had changed over the years when he said, “When I look at some of my first sermons I just want to throw them away.”
May 27, 2014 2 1 comments
The previous article gave an overview of my work the last eighteen months as a coach/consultant to churches of Classis Central Plains. I prefer to think of it as a “guide alongside.”
May 20, 2014 0 0 comments
A while back I was at a classis leadership event and noticed that most of the presenters were not “home grown”. It got me wondering whether something ought to be done about it.
May 13, 2014 0 1 comments
What can a coach bring to a classis and its congregations? This blog describes the role of a coach for congregational health and mission in Classis Central Plains.
May 2, 2014 1 3 comments
Last week I attended a Next Step in Congregational Faith Formation workshop. Though not quite what I’d expected it was more than I thought it would be.
April 30, 2014 2 0 comments
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