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Who Is a Stated Clerk and What Does a Clerk Do?

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.

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Praying for Meetings Since 1934

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. 

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Classis: Near and Far

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? 

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Six Principles for Leading Adaptive Work

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? 

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Using Matthew 18: Resolving conflicts well, a gag order, or a procedural sleight of hand?

Imagine that a Classis meeting would make a recommendation to two churches to approach a certain popular speaker and well-published author privately about an issue that they had raised in their credentials, as they had not applied the procedure of Matthew 18: 15-17. Imagine that the Classis would suggest that since they had not discussed the matter in private with this person prior to raising the issue in their credentials, they were essentially out of order. Would this Classis have been right in their recommendation? D.A. Carson weighs in: In his editorial for Themelios magazine [Vol. 36 no...
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Who Does Classis Serve?

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.

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Trusting the Spirit

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?

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Classis Renewal - The Momentum Builds

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.

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Classis as a Corporation?

Is Classis a separate organization from the churches it represents? Do we have to be incorporated?

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Weighing Classical Exams

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.

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By Any Other Name

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. 

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Classical Appointment, an Endangered Species?

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.

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Clear the Decks

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...

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Long Pastorates, an Old Problem?

“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.

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Break It Up

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?

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One Hundred

Is 100 members the threshold for congregational viability? If so, what might that mean for congregations seeking pastors and candidates seeking a call?

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