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Relevant or Irrelevant?

There are a number of people who think that classes have become irrelevant to our congregations.  And perhaps overall, there is a waning interest.  But I also know that there are many who are working hard at helping classis do things differently in order that they become more relevant and address the needs of leaders and churches.

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Classis and Church Order

Can a church polity (i.e. the Church Order) that was developed in a time when the Christendom world view was fully operational still be relevant in our multi-faith world, where Christianity is just one of many faiths seeking people’s attention? 

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Restorative Practices at Classis

Usually our discussion is dominated by five to ten pastors (and maybe one experienced elder) who are comfortable expressing their thoughts. We wondered how to encourage those quiet elders to lend their wisdom to the discussion.

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Classis: Past, Present, Future

The classis of our past was a good classis if it was a faithful classis. The classis of the present has to be, at the very least, a responsive classis—it has to respond in some way to the changes impacting our corporate church life. What does a responsive classis in the CRC look like today? And what about the future of classis?

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Ideas for Praying at Classis

Many of us may know this to be true but making prayer a greater part of a classis meeting can be daunting. Where do you start? Doug Kamstra, in his “Classical Prayer Leader’s Resources” binder gives a few ways of getting started praying at Classis.

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Do you Take Your Classis to the Doctor?

Over the past several years many churches have had check-ups of sorts to look for points of health and places that need work (Natural Church Development surveys, Healthy Churches surveys, WillowCreek Reveal survey, etc.). But when it comes to classes we often just keep going with the way things have always been. We don’t bother to check the health and vitality of this mid-level of church life.

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What is a Classis?

What exactly is a classis? ... Why do we keep having this conversation? Can’t we just figure out what classis is and get on with it? Why do we still talk about classis renewal?

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