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What Were We Doing Here?

The question was out of his mouth before the car door was even closed. He was a new elder and this was his first experience of classis.  He’d gone even though he had not been delegated; he was interested, he was free that day, and going to classis is one of the things elders do. But as soon as the meeting was over he asked, “What were we doing here?”

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Letting Go

Instead of trying to hold on to experiences or positions, we can let go trusting that God has other people who can carry on and confident that God is preparing new opportunities for us to serve. 

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Introducing A New Guide

Hi, my name is Norman Visser and I will be the new guide for the classis forum.  I write as someone who just completed a term as chair of a Classical Ministry Committee.  I see this blog as an opportunity to reflect on my experiences, to share what I have learned, and learn from the experiences of others. 

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Diakonia Remixed and Experience of Deacons at Classis

The “Diakonia Remixed” report offers a large vision for deacons, one that could potentially reshape the ministry of the entire church. However, changes usually bring unanticipated consequences. For this reason I offer my reflections on the experience of one classis and I would like to hear from others.

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The Stories Are Out There

We've all got stories (testimonies?) of times when we experienced a special leading of the Holy Spirit.  We are often hesitant to tell these stories. Could it be that these days are days for telling each other our stories?

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Christlike Classis

Is classis Church? The Word is not preached there.  Well, maybe it is. The Sacraments are not served there.  Well, maybe sometimes. Discipline is not carried out there.  Hmmm…. Maybe it is after all.

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Classis Renewal Is Not Optional

To our surprise and delight, renewal at the classis level is becoming more and more part of the denominational dialog on structure, leadership, and culture.  We are recognizing the strategic importance of the classis for so many dimensions of our life together.  Change at classis is inevitable, and invites our best proactive interventions. 

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Classis and the System – a New Look at Classis Renewal

Conversations about change in the structure, culture, and leadership of the CRC are more and more beginning to recognize the strategic position and importance of classis.  This marks a change in how we are thinking about the denomination's future.  It's where change and church connect!  Classis renewal is coming of age!

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Becoming Communities of Discernment

This is a time of significant questioning in the CRC – why are we shrinking so fast?  What should we do?  What structures do we need?  What kind of leadership?   What vision?   Are there resources for a sustainable and robust future?  Are we at risk of paralysis of polarization?  We need to do some heavy discernment together. 

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Classis, Willard, and the Holy Spirit Conference

The power of classis - the strategic intersection between congregations and denomination. If you’ve been reading the CLASSIS network, you’ve already heard the invitation to consider the vital importance of classis renewal. So why wouldn’t it be one of the places we’d expect the Holy Spirit to be at work reforming the CRC? A few extra minutes designed to catch the breeze wouldn’t be amiss, right?

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Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit

Recently I was encouraged to read Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit, a book I probably would not have picked up on my own. The title set off my warning bells. Exactly why that is, I’m not even sure I know myself. Somehow I feared gimmickry or formula or an unspiritual pragmatism. But I read it, and I want to recommend it...

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Classis: Its Place in the CRC’s Renewal

Classes serve an important role when it comes to issues like credentialing leaders, matters of discipline, and general matters of church polity. Yet, at a denominational level I find that there is something missing when it comes to working effectively together as a ministry system.

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Praying for Renewal

In the plethora of meetings, schedules, and busyness, and our anxiety about decline - are we together taking the time to pause, to tune in, to pray, to really listen, and to discern together the path of obedience?

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Has the idea of classis staff come and gone?

There was a time when the idea of a "regional ministry" was picking up steam. "We could do more together than we could independantly". Several of our area classes were forming "Classis Ministry Committees" (CMC) and exploring ambitious goals that led to hiring part time staff to facilitate these goals. Recently, I understand that several of these classes no longer employ staff. Im just wondering whether the idea of classes staff has come and gone, what has happened to the idea of regional ministry or has congregationalism won? Frank
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Neo Liberal Conservatism

Neo Liberal Conservatism. What I mean to say with that made-up bit of jargon is that we need to get WAY past our current categories, or we won’t be able to think creatively about the Church today -- not our church, and not anybody’s church.

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Continuity and Excellence in Classis Leadership

The Church Order wants to avoid the dangers associated with people who stay in their leadership role too long. I applaud that. Organizations get into ruts, things go stale, power-hungry people hold onto power, we are led by the willing instead of the capable, innovation becomes rare, vision dims, and who knows what else could befall us when we keep leaders in place too long. 

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