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Greener Grass

I told the construction worker that I was a little jealous that my sons got to go to work wearing safety boots and hard hats.  With a knowing grin he said, “The grass is always greener.”  Then he stopped himself and added, “But I wouldn't want to do what you do.”

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Speak Up

The time for fall classis meetings is fast approaching.  In the past I have written about letting go and not speaking too much at meetings.   This time, both for my benefit and for others, I’d like to share some ideas about speaking at a classis meeting. 

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Gone Rogue?

In my experience deputies usually perform their task with the wisdom and decorum that is called for. Not everyone agrees.  

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Tell Me A Story

Churches that tell stories tend to be healthier than those that rely on more traditional means of communication.  How might classes incorporate storytelling into their deliberations?

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Thank You

He was from a generation that viewed delegation to classis as an honour to be embraced, not an obligation to be avoided.  

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After 17

Pastors who experience article 17 lose their worshipping community. We sometimes hear that classis ought to do something. But, can a classis provide pastoral care? 

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The View from the Stands

People in the stands see things that might not be noticed on the playing field.  But no one is helped by someone yelling from the stands. 

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Take Note

At synod this summer I could not shake the feeling that some things were not discussed.  Issues of structure and culture, leadership and trends are difficult to address, but an approach for dealing with questions like these can be found in a report that synod took note of without noticing. 

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What Were We Doing Here?

The question was out of his mouth before the car door was even closed. He was a new elder and this was his first experience of classis.  He’d gone even though he had not been delegated; he was interested, he was free that day, and going to classis is one of the things elders do. But as soon as the meeting was over he asked, “What were we doing here?”

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Letting Go

Instead of trying to hold on to experiences or positions, we can let go trusting that God has other people who can carry on and confident that God is preparing new opportunities for us to serve. 

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Introducing A New Guide

Hi, my name is Norman Visser and I will be the new guide for the classis forum.  I write as someone who just completed a term as chair of a Classical Ministry Committee.  I see this blog as an opportunity to reflect on my experiences, to share what I have learned, and learn from the experiences of others. 

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Diakonia Remixed and Experience of Deacons at Classis

The “Diakonia Remixed” report offers a large vision for deacons, one that could potentially reshape the ministry of the entire church. However, changes usually bring unanticipated consequences. For this reason I offer my reflections on the experience of one classis and I would like to hear from others.

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Is it appropriate to have a classis personnel committee?

Do any classes have personnel committees? I've noticed that a classis and its committees may employ several part and full time persons (stated clerk, treasurer, campus minister, church planter, ministry developer), and because each person reports to a different classical committee, there may be little coordination of expectations, salary reviews, or evaluations.
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