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The Church as a Community of Dissatisfaction?

Research on thousands of members in hundreds of churches suggests that a little over half of the membership is satisfied overall with what’s happening in their church. Which organization is best positioned to help clergy and church boards develop into healthy transformational congregations? Classis.

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Classis: Diagnosing and Prescribing

Would you agree that denominational leaders are sending a confused message to the church regarding the need for change? Could you imagine that not only are we experiencing a decline in numbers, but that church members are experiencing such poor quality of community life that it's difficult to invite new people in?

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Has There Ever Been A Moment Like This?

We need to talk! Talk as never before, talk as family, bound together across our differences by His blood and Spirit and love. We need to relearn to speak the truth in love, to engage each other with patience, with good listening, with thoughtful discernment, with humor, with...

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A Bold Step

 Yes our classis has taken a bold step to actively engage and support church renewal … one church at a time. This decision was born out of dialog about who is helping congregations and how it’s going. There are some good resources, but much more to do. 

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Change At Classis

One of the best kept secrets about the CRC’s life as a denomination is that exciting changes are percolating at the classical level. We take it for granted that agencies are thriving and doing effective work.  But exciting change at the classical level? Have you heard any recent buzz about that?

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When the Servants are Governors

Getting the roles of governance and ministry mixed up is the crippling confusion in many councils. For deacons, the role confusion can be even more painful and debilitating. Are deacons primarily decision makers? Or are they ministers of benevolence and mercy? Are they sometimes both?

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More Signs of a Classis Ripe for Change

Have you ever thought of what 5 words you would use to describe your classis? Encouraging? Supportive? Enjoyable? Helpful? Stimulating? Or how about slow, frustrating, boring, irrelevant, sclerotic?

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Healthy Classis Part II

What starts a classis on the journey to renewal? What factors can contribute to getting a classis started on the journey? Happily, many of these factors we can learn from the experience of classes that are already on the journey!

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Healthy Classis – How to Get There, Or at Least Close

What are the factors that can really help a classis experience positive change? I’ll be the first to say I’m no expert, but I’d like to put forth a few thoughts for discussion. OK, I know you’re going to ask, “Yes, but what IS a healthy classis?” What are its “essential” characteristics? How do you get there?

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Fat Bureaucracies vs Flat and Fluid Networks

We're not alone in focusing on congregational health. What's not so clear is how "middle judicatories" like the classis figure in. I can't help but wonder - is the classis a potential key as we try to balance all the organizational dynamics we're trying to address?

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Peer Group Spurs Classis Renewal

Here's an amazing story of transformation in one powerful paragraph! Stan Workman of Classis SEUS (no relation to the Doctor) wrote a testimony about his peer group’s experience and its effect on his classis. What’s so great is how many different people connected and 

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What's a Classis for Anyhow?

The CRMT is committed to help foster fellowship, prayer, and spiritual growth at the classical level. To what end? So that classes can do a better job of creating and sustaining the health of their member congregations. To what end? 

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Listening in on a Conversation

What should the church be doing, then, if government effort seems to have little effect, except maybe for providing ongoing relief? How should the church shape its own response? Can the church actually REDUCE poverty and dependence on programs that help? Even just in our neighborhood? Seems like that’s the ideal...

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Praying for that Which Only Exists When...

I was told that the synod and the classis don’t really exist. These are not organizations that exist over time; they were not intended to become pieces of bureaucracy. They only exist when they are in session. They are decision making bodies that are convened to do specific business, and then they go out of existence until the next one happens.

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Over To You, Melissa!

What does it look like from THAT perspective?   You're going to find out.  The new deacon guide - it's a generational thing!

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Pentecost! Synod! Deacon!

Pentecost!  Synod!  These words go together – or they ought to!   And CHURCH, and INCARNATION.   And without the Spirit, what would incarnation be?  What could be more incarnational than...

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The Hand-Off

When it's transition time on the church council, how can it be as smooth and as affirming as possible?    Relief for the tired retirees and honor for the incoming new members are just not adequate marks of transition! What does your council do to make transitions healthy and as pleasant as possible?

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Can You Spell Stability?

Some of us thrive on turmoil, unanswered questions, and unclear directions.   Most of us don't.  How can we be effective leaders in our respective roles when our own anxieties are snapping at our heels?  

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When Deacons Shine

Unemployment! Can deacons help? In this economy, and in many communities, our churches come in contact with job seekers. What can deacons do?  The church is not an employment agency, but deacons can be a powerful resource to support discouraged job seekers...

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Tired Deacons

"...the more we pursued spiritual formation, the more we were convinced that Christlike people intentionally reach out to those who are ignored, forgotten and marginalized....  We make room for them... because this is what Jesus did."

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Easter Deacons

"Who today is the focus of [the deacons'] task? Our church order and ordination form emphasize the necessity of addressing widening circles of need that center in the congregation. Is this a good distinction for us to be making? Do we run the risk of ignoring greater needs because we see only

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Persuasive Listening

What would make a “persuasive listener”? Well, obviously it’s someone who has already listened well to God’s leading and is listening from within God’s presence.  Listening from within God’s presence would attune me to the Spirit’s leading and discerning.

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Bringing Up the Hard Stuff

You know there is a topic that NEEDS to be discussed. You WANT it to be addressed. And you KNOW it'll cause tension, stress and maybe bad feelings if you bring it up. What to do? Leaders in our congregations need to know how to help the membership deal with difficult topics in fruitful and safe ways. It can be 

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Signs That God's At Work

God seems to be offering our congregation a remarkable set of exciting opportunities in the past year.  It's certainly not that we've been working so hard to cultivate this particular set of events!

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