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.
What does a healthy classis look like today? 10 Benchmarks of a Healthy Classis provides a way to answer this tough question. These benchmarks are a useful tool for assessing classis health and are also great discussion starters.
In 2007, Home Missions updated its strategy for Classes to use when looking at mobilizing church planting and church development. Although time has passed, this document still is helpful for classes wanting to be strategic about growing their churches.
This sample job description includes mission, management, scope and appointment information from Classis British Columbia NW.
Judicatories come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in many different forms, each with names that come out of a tradition. We know them through such names: diocese, regions, conferences, presbyteries, and districts. How does one reinvent a judicatory shaped by programs and seek to provide resources to transform it into a mission agency?
Classis Grandville's Mission Task Force prepared a useful summary of what the CRC Church Order and Manual of Church Government states about the purpose, authority, delegation, and business of classis.
In reviewing the history of the CRMT coming out of the task force for the Role of Classis in the 21st Century, the adjectives that come to mind are spontaneous, determined, slow progress, peer learning, learning from each other and leading experts in church change, and from the CRMT representatives who met with classical leaders.
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. 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?
Should we create sub-forums here (within this main one) for each classis ? That way pastors, church leaders, and members within each classis could discuss what's happening in their neck of the woods, ministry opportunities, collaboration between churches, and more.