Living the Call, formerly called the Quarterly Ministry Report, gives a brief overview of the work of the Christian Reformed Church.
Classis plays a key role in CRC church planting. Here are ten ways you can contribute to a church planting movement.
This is the first issue of Living the Call, a new newsletter produced by the CRCNA. This newsletter was formerly called the Quarterly Ministry Report and gives a brief overview of the work of the Christian Reformed Church.
You might be surprised at the varied, changing, and expanding role assumed by your classical stated clerk. Here's how I experienced my role in the winter of 2017-18 in Classis Lake Superior.
Some shared wisdom & experience from Stated Clerks on collecting credentials and other delegate information ahead of the meeting.
One way to honour the spiritual nature of classical meetings is by opening and closing with prayer. But what to pray? Here are two prayers buried deep in the back of the 1934 red hymnal.
I recently asked the CRC Pastors’ Facebook Group what they wanted to tell CRCNA staff about our connection to classes. There were many responses, but here is the main nugget: show you care about us.
Classis is like a set of bifocal lenses. There are times when we need to look close by, and times when we need to look farther. Do you agree that classis functions this way or is there a better metaphor?
Renewing or changing a classis is not easy work. Classes, in their present form, have been hundreds of years in the making. How do a few people create change in this type of environment?
In one classis where I served, most of our attention and energy was focused elsewhere. Even though we had our share of struggling congregations, time was mostly taken up with denominational issues.
In response to the news that choosing by lot had been part of the selection process, someone commented that it was good to see us trusting the Spirit just a little. What do you think?
Classis was in the spotlight at synod—in part because of the big structure decision! Synod also asked to take a hard look at the purpose and structure of classis. This is momentous for classis leaders.
Is Classis a separate organization from the churches it represents? Do we have to be incorporated?
Over the last ten years classis Chatham has conducted more than fifteen exams. My overall impression is that one exam is pretty much like another, even though the purpose of each exam is different.
My father was ordained as an evangelist. Though he served under a different title, the work he did is not that much different from what I do as a minister of the Word.
The classical appointment might be an endangered species. While understandable given a surfeit of preaching resources available, its passing may further fray our communal identity.
I once read that organizations should periodically clear the decks, disband every committee, and run lean for a season. Classes may soon be given the opportunity to do something like this...
“The extremely long pastorates of our day place a great strain on many a congregation and especially upon its minister.”That comment may sound familiar, but it is not new.
I am not sure I’ve ever heard a deacon speak up at classis. We will soon be able to test whether this is simply a failure of my own perception.
Years ago I was a guest at a Presbytery meeting that broke into advisory committees. I recently heard of a CRC classis that did the same. Why don’t more classes break up the work in this way?
Pages 242-248 of Henry DeMoor's Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary focus specifically on Church Visiting. You can order the complete commentary through Faith Alive Resources.
Is 100 members the threshold for congregational viability? If so, what might that mean for congregations seeking pastors and candidates seeking a call?
“I doubt that church visiting is very effective anymore.” In spite of comments like that, church visiting is one way classes can help strengthen congregations.