As a new stated clerk of Classis Central CA (as of Feb 19), it sure is good to be able to communicate with other CRC folks what they think about how this classical position should work out. For my crash orientation about what I should be doing, I had transition talks with our outgoing clerk and used the CRC webpage where Dee Recker had stored all kinds of info for stated clerks and synodical deputies. What is lacking though from that page is an online forum where other stated clerks could exchange notes, experiences, and so-called best practices.
Aside from the traditional job description of a stated clerk, I have been charged by Classis to develop online tools for more efficient/timely information sharing and a more responsive communications system. Last year, Classis decided to move from a paper-based system to emails and online presence. When I took over, we launched our new website, www.classiscentralca.org, parts of which are still being constructed. I looked at the other Classes' websites, took some good ideas, and vowed to make our website fresh and interesting not only for the usual classical functionaries but also for the ordinary members of our churches. Much work is still to be done to make these a reality.
Two months now as stated clerk, I sure wish that there's an online place for other clerks and others who are interested to improve communications through our Classes (that is, in between sessions) to share notes and the like. Sheri, I wish to know if the Network's Church & Administration page could be a good place for stated clerks. Or, if there's a need for a separate page? Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!