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Classis Renewal - The Momentum Builds

Classis was in the spotlight at synod—in part because of the big structure decision! Synod also asked to take a hard look at the purpose and structure of classis. This is momentous for classis leaders.

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The Church and the Exercise of Non-Ecclesiastical Power

When the CRCNA wants to speak on “issues” such as race relations, justice, etc., voices of caution and concern are always raised about whether the church may speak on issues such as these which are not within the church’s realm of expertise or responsibility. 

Elders
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The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good about Synod

When I think about the things that make me impatient with synod, I confess to the sin of cynicism. (Is cynicism de facto a sin? I’ve come to think so. Christians just don’t get to do gratuitous negativity.) On the other hand, when I’m feeling good about a particular synod, and someone snidely says to me, “Yeah, but what did they actually ACCOMPLISH?” I feel deflated... 

CRCNA and Synod
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Sensible Shoes

Spiritual biographies can be compelling reading. But fictional treatment of the spiritual journeys of four women? What kind of book would that be? And why would I read it? I had heard such good things about Sensible Shoes. And I DO find it helpful to hear others reflect on their deepening walk with Jesus and how that relationship...

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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?

Classis
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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...

ClassisPastors
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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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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.

Classis
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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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When Classis is Boring

I had an English prof who threatened the class with sarcastic feedback on the essays we wrote for him.  He said, “If I ever write the word ‘bland’ in the margin of your paper, you’ll know you’ve just received the worst comment that I could give you.”  I guess he meant that any writing that was lively , no matter how poor, was better than writing that was boring and colorless.   Sort of like being luke-warm and spat out.

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