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Classis: Near and Far

Classis is like a set of bifocal lenses. There are times when we need to look close by, and times when we need to look farther. Do you agree that classis functions this way or is there a better metaphor? 

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Who Does Classis Serve?

In one classis where I served, most of our attention and energy was focused elsewhere. Even though we had our share of struggling congregations, time was mostly taken up with denominational issues.

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Trusting the Spirit

In response to the news that choosing by lot had been part of the selection process, someone commented that it was good to see us trusting the Spirit just a little. What do you think?

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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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Weighing Classical Exams

Over the last ten years classis Chatham has conducted more than fifteen exams. My overall impression is that one exam is pretty much like another, even though the purpose of each exam is different.

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By Any Other Name

My father was ordained as an evangelist. Though he served under a different title, the work he did is not that much different from what I do as a minister of the Word. 

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Clear the Decks

I once read that organizations should periodically clear the decks, disband every committee, and run lean for a season. Classes may soon be given the opportunity to do something like this...

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Break It Up

Years ago I was a guest at a Presbytery meeting that broke into advisory committees. I recently heard of a CRC classis that did the same. Why don’t more classes break up the work in this way?

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One Hundred

Is 100 members the threshold for congregational viability? If so, what might that mean for congregations seeking pastors and candidates seeking a call?

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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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