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Christian Day Schools

Article 71 directs Councils to diligently encourage the members of the congregation to establish and maintain good Christian Schools in which the biblical, Reformed vision of  Christ's lordship over all creation is clearly taught.

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License to Exhort

In dealing with the questions around license to exhort, my council asked about the issue of accountability/mentorship for those with license to exhort. What is being done, or should be done to assist those with this license?
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Church Membership Transfers

I was reading through my Christian Reformed Church Order Commentary (which every pastor should do on a Monday) and ran across something in the section on membership transfers. There it is mentioned that in the case of a member leaving a congregation and becoming part of a congregation not in ecclesiastical fellowship, that "the council provides the transfering member with a statement of membership indicating only the facts, date of baptism, date of public profession, length of membership and so on. * The member, not the council, then presents that document to the receiving church .* (emphasis...
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DeMoor Sept 9 Banner article on order.

by Henry De Moor Sep 9, 2011 — Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X three years after he posted his 95 theses on a church door and subsequently showed no remorse for doing so. When he received the papal bull, Luther burned it in a huge bonfire ritual. But few people are aware that he burned something else along with it: the entire Codex Iuris Canonici , the four volumes of canon law or "church order" of the medieval Roman Catholic Church. In a newfound freedom those restrictive rules had to be thrown out the front door. The irony is that some of the same old rules had to be smuggled...
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Representative Government?

We have an elder in our church who has stated that he "represents" a certain number of people that he feels are negected, although they are long time members, some with a lot of influence. I though that our form of church government was not to be representative. Any thoughts?
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Article 59 Assent to Creeds

Synod 2011 made some very wise decisions. It also made one huge mistake to prove that, unlike the pope, our broadest assembly is not infallible. An amendment from the floor was quickly discussed and then carried. And just like that, a provision that has always been a hallmark of the Reformed churches since the sixteenth century was wiped off the map: the provision, namely, that a profession of faith must include a commitment to the creeds and confessions of the CRCNA. Reformed churches insist on mature membership, not a "blind laity" following the sounds of an "all-knowing clergy." Note on...
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Time for an alternative option for Elder delegates to Synod?

In our Classis, and I am sure this is not a unique problem, it is becoming rather difficult to get "sitting" Elders to volunteer as a delegate to Synod; and the problem is getting down right pesky! It seems every time we come around to soliciting Elders for the upcoming Synod, it is like" pulling teeth," the excuses are myriad- and often rather legitimate and honorable. In the light of the later, why not allow any individual who has been ordained as an Elder but is not serving a current term of office, to represent the Classis at Synod? Perhaps this option already exists, but is not utilized...
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Public Thanks

Henry, I see your name floating around here, so I am going to address you on behalf of myself and the church. Thanks for your wonderful work on the church order commentary. It is of great service to me and to the church as a whole. I do admit you have gotten me in trouble though. Did you realize that your commentary on the differences of council, consistory, elders, and deacons, in CO Art 35 seems to contradict the 2008 Manual of CRC church gov't, Art. 52? This came up in a recent discussion at our church as we reviewed our responsibilities. Take care, and regards, Todd Zuidema
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Current Issues

At the end of each month, I hope to list some of the things in CRC life that cause people to ask me for advice. I do not list them all. That would bore you to tears. But these "some" are ones that you may have thought about as well. Here's the September, 2010 list: Casting of Lots in Selecting to Office CRC Rules on Ownership of Property Communion for Bride and Groom Only? What Qualifies as "Weighty Reasons" (Art. 17c) for Extending Eligibility for Call to Released Ministers If you'd like to start a post on one of these topics , please feel free. I'll check in on any discussion.
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link to Church Order

I had a link on my computer to an online PDF file of the Church Order, but recently it is not available. What happened? Can we get it back?
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