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Does Classis Help Churches?

While talking with a church council, it became clear that few members could remember a time when their church felt engaged and motivated by classis. Few knew much about classis at all.

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What Do Ministers Do?

Over time our official descriptions of what pastors do have grown longer. The latest evidence is a recommendation to add engaging in “the work of diaconal outreach” to the list.

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Best Classis Ever

“It was the most fun Classis I’ve ever attended.”
An unusual word to describe a gathering of delegates, pastors, elders, and deacons. What ‘fun’ things happened in those hours from 4:00-9:00 p.m.?

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Like Me

In the last couple of weeks I have seen “Like us on Facebook” on the signs of two different churches and a truck dealership. Am I just old, or is there something odd about that?

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Classical Consultants

In “Why Staff?” I suggested that unclear expectations may be one reason many classical staff positions seem to be falling by the wayside. Another reason might rest in the nature of the positions; they cannot help but function as consultants.

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Why Staff?

Classes that once had interim pastors, youth ministry consultants, or ministry coordinators, either no longer have these positions or have left them vacant. Perhaps we weren't clear about our expectations for these positions.

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What for (Again)?

The persistence of questions about the purpose of classis suggests that we are still not sure what the role of classis is.

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Into the Woods

When I first started attending classes, meetings were always in a church sanctuary. That is rarely the case anymore.

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Connection?

A fellow pastor mused about leaving the Christian Reformed Church as a classis. As I reflected on this, I came to see that my connection to Classis was different from my relationship with other ecclesiastical bodies.

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What's the Question?

“How do we encourage people to serve as elders and deacons?” This is one of the more frequent responses to the church article 41 questions on the credentials for classis. That makes me wonder whether we are asking the right question.

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Using a Journey Wall for Classis Renewal

A journey wall is a congregation wide experience in which a congregation posts their memories of positive and challenging experiences with the church, puts their story into chapters and then looks for repeated patterns across the life of the church.

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Enough is Enough

A pastor I know once visited a church he’d served some years before. During the visit a member of that church had apologized for the way he’d acted while my colleague was his pastor.

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Long Goodbye

The succession plan outlined in the Board of Trustees (BOT) supplement to the Agenda for Synod indicates that both the previous interim Executive Director and deputy Executive Director will continue on in other roles until March of 2015. Does any other organization work this way?

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Sermon Critics

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who is a pastor. Our conversation drifted towards preaching and how much our own preaching had changed over the years when he said, “When I look at some of my first sermons I just want to throw them away.”

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Supply Management

A while back I was at a classis leadership event and noticed that most of the presenters were not “home grown”. It got me wondering whether something ought to be done about it.

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Step by Step

Last week I attended a Next Step in Congregational Faith Formation workshop. Though not quite what I’d expected it was more than I thought it would be.

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