What exactly is a classis? I’ve been working for Classis Toronto and have been a member of the Classis Renewal Ministry Team for many years and I’m still not sure. A good definition should explain what a classis does and why it exists.
The CRC Church Order gives us some guidelines about what a classis is and what types of issues and concerns it should address. It’s not always so simple in actual practice. At a recent committee meeting a pastor relatively new to the denomination commented on a discussion about, “What is a classis?” He said, “We were in the midst of this conversation five years ago, when I first came to this Classis. Why are we still talking about this?”
Why do we keep having this conversation? Can’t we just figure out what classis is and get on with it? Why do we still talk about classis renewal? We went through renewal five or ten years ago, been there, done that – let’s move on to the next thing. But maybe “classis” is one of those things in which we will always need to be growing and changing. What do you think? What is a classis? What could classis be?