9 Reasons Why I Appreciate Classis
Call me silly. But I DO appreciate classis. Here are a few reasons why:
- It’s a place where worship, prayer, accountability, encouragement, and decision making can happen -- among people who know and care for each other.
- It’s local enough to avoid the cumbersome dynamics of denomination, and regional enough to avoid the perils of isolation and independence of congregations acting alone.
- It has both longevity of relationships and the possibility of a healthy rotation of leadership.
- It’s nicely in the middle between a bi-national denominational structure with all the organizational density on the one hand, and a narrowly local and parochial outlook on the other hand.
- It can nurture cooperation and collaboration among people with a balance of common interests, common experiences, and common ministry concerns with fine tuned geographical focus.
- It meets often enough to nurture lasting relationships, but infrequently enough to avoid becoming deadly routine.
- It’s a forum in which congregations can truly know and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served.
- It’s big enough to be genuinely diverse, yet local enough to nurture genuine relationships that cross differences.
- Its purpose is to strengthen Christ’s Body. What a great reason to exist!
Your turn! Want to add a few? Or maybe your list is more like, “things I wish were different at classis”. Whatever, I’d love to hear from you!