The CRMT is a group of ministry leaders convened by The Network, who believe that classes are healthiest when they function as communities of fellowship, prayer, and spiritual growth; when they create and sustain healthy congregations; and when they facilitate shared ministry ...
“Many Protestant congregations have become burdened with elaborate, nearly Byzantine organizational structures that have assumed a life of their own but do not effectively further essential ministry or core purpose in this new time... ”
Here is a place we can talk about everything classis. What would you like to see here? Are there any resources you need? What questions do you have? Is there anything you think is essential for all those involved in classes to know about? Ask your questions and make requests for resources...
What is a classis?
Dictionary says: (in certain Reformed churches)
1. the organization of pastors and elders that governs a group of local churches; a presbytery.
2. the group of churches governed by such an organization”
That dictionary definition hides the fact that...
Every classis has a vision or at least expectations about what a classis is all about. What does a common vision do?It unifies the group and defuses conflict.It helps everyone remember why we’re doing what we’re doing.It energizes the group to do its task better.It can...
Someone once said: “Ministry without prayer becomes work in the power of the flesh. Prayer without ministry is complacent Christianity. A hour of prayer at the beginning of the meeting actually shortens the overall meeting time by bringing a greater spirit of unity, by emphasizing spiritual...
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 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?
Example of a comprehensive Ministry Coordinator position description from Classis Niagara.
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.
The Achieve-Preserve-Avoid (APA) vision-casting exercise is a tool to assist you with envisioning your classis 5 years from now. The APA can also assist a classis in developing a strategic plan.
Once a vision has been produced how do you make sure it stays current and relevant to a classis? This document helps a classis ask the right questions to help keep a clear vision.
Based on the 10 Benchmarks of a healthy classis, here is an assessment tool you can use to the health of your classis.
This resource is a chart that helps visualize how a classis works effectively when a vision is in place.
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.
The Roxburgh Missional Network works alongside leaders, churches, classes and denominations to face the challenges that face churches today.
The Church Prayer Leaders Networks exists to help individuals (pastors and lay people) who are working to raise up more prayer in their churches.
This website has resources to encourage prayer in individuals, churches and denominations.
This article is an attempt to share the experience of a relative newcomer moving from the margins to the mainstream—or to be more precise, moving from the balcony to the main stage.
My journey in many ways follows the contour of yesteryear, when persons of color were relegated to special...
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. These are the denominational organizations that stand between national...
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.
The Alban Institute produces and distributes research based information on how to minister more effectively. This website also contains a number of resources for classis and congregational health.
List of all the Classes with links to their websites, list of Stated Clerks, and resources for Stated Clerks and Synodical Deputies.
The story of CRMT begins in the late ‘80s when Home Missions invited leaders of each of the classes (6 to 8 per year over several years) to conferences on successful church leadership at Robert Schuller’s Garden Grove Community Church. In 1989, ‘90 and ‘91 Craig Van Gelder, Dirk Hart and John...