In this article, I write about a trend I've seen in my role supporting classis renewal. It’s a trend of feeling like we don’t count, and by “we,” I mean pretty much everyone.
While classis and synod may seem too formal to some, perhaps there is value in the way they are designed and conducted. Perhaps instead of being too formal, they are actually focused.
Welcoming deacons at Classis and Synod requires paying attention: both to the receiving and to the showing up.
When it comes to deacons at classis and synod, what is your immediate reaction? In our many discussions with deacons (and other ministry leaders), we came to realize this is a pretty hot topic!
This issue of For Deacons looks at the benefits of doing ministry together at a regional or classical level, principles to use, and an example of how Volunteers in Service is making this work in Grand Rapids, MI.
The CRCNA has a strong history of deacons working together at a classis or regional level. New models of cooperation continue to emerge. What does this look like at your church?
This guide emerges from a renewal-orientation for church visiting and features the executive version of the survey used in the Healthy Church Discernment Process. Discover this coaching and encouraging approach!
The Classis Chatham Church Planting Team developed a questionnaire to spark discussion about our Classis' next church plant. Feedback showed this instigated good discussions about the congregation's mission and revealed some congregations that are eager to support a church plant.
A few years ago, Syd Hielema and I had an idea that each classis would have a least one Youth Ministry Champion. This podcast looks at the many places of engagement churches, classis, and youth ministry leaders can have with these Champions.
Look inside for an update from World Renew, Disability Concerns, the Office of Race Relations, the Office of Social Justice, Safe Church Ministry, the Centre for Public Dialogue, and the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee.
Classis plays a key role in CRC church planting. Here are ten ways you can contribute to a church planting movement.
This is the first issue of Living the Call, a new newsletter produced by the CRCNA. This newsletter was formerly called the Quarterly Ministry Report and gives a brief overview of the work of the Christian Reformed Church.