How many of the CRCs in NA can say that their elders are doing a fantastic job of consistently caring for the people they are assigned to shepherd in their "district" (either a regional district or alphabetical). Are your elders making visits? Are they welcoming families/couples/singles to their own homes? How are they connecting with people so that they are doing what they vowed to do at their installation into office: shepherd God's people?
Churches in the Chicagoland area are wrestling with these questions. It seems that the elders are afraid to visit; they are too busy or they think that the people in their districts are too busy; they are unwilling to ask the necessary spiritual questions necessary.
Christian Service Ministries, a ministry of Classis Chicago South, is hosting a Roundtable Discussion on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 at 7 pm to address these questions. Anyone is welcome to come to this free event at Palos Heights Christian Reformed Church. The evening will be facilitated by Pastor Greg Janke (Pastor at Palos Hts CRC) and Pastor Rich DeVries Pastor at Calvin CRC in Oak Lawn). They have a passion for helping elders care in the very best, Biblical way possible for others.