Classis Chatham

Christian Reformed Churches in North America



                                             


CLASSIS CHATHAM HIGHLIGHTS

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 hosted by Covenant CRC, Woodstock

 

·         Rev. John Moelker of Covenant welcomed all.  Pastor John reflected on the theme “encouragement”,
     and following a time of worship and devotions with the assistance of the Covenant praise team, the
     delegates broke into smaller groups for a time of sharing and prayer. 

·         All 28 churches of classis were present with 66 delegates in attendance, including 9 first-time delegates. 
     All first time delegates signed the Covenant for Office Bearers.

·         Classis was declared constituted and Rev. Eric Groot-Nibbelink of London-Bethel and Rev. Steve
     Dozeman of London-Talbot Street were seated as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.  Mr. Ron Middel
     was seated as the Clerk.

·         Delegates and guests were encouraged by Chaplain Doug Rowley on the Ridgetown College chaplaincy
     program, and written and/or video reports by Chaplains Kelly Sibthorpe of Fanshawe College and Mike
     Wagenman of Western University.

·         Classis was made aware that our Classical Ministries Committee has approved the beginning of an
      annual Classis Chatham Administrator’s Day.  This event is planned to be a time of encouraging, sharing
      and equipping our church administrators. 
       The first event is planned for Wednesday, October 17th at Westmount CRC, Strathroy.

·         Recommendations from classis Nominations Committee have been approved by the Classical Ministries
      Committee (CMC) or classis:

o   Rev. Willemina Zwart (London-Good News) to the Nominating Committee

o   Mike Talsma (London-Forest City North) to a 3rd term on the Finance Committee

o   Rev. Josh Tuininga (Wallaceburg) to a 3rd term on the Student Fund Committee

o   Rev. John Moelker (Woodstock-Covenant) on the Youth Ministry Team

o   Albert Renkema (Woodstock-Covenant), Rev. Groot-Nibbelink (London-Bethel), Kees Kooy
(Sarnia-Redeemer) as Church Visitors

o   Rev. Peter Hoytema (Strathroy-Westmount) to a 3rd term as Regional Pastor

o   Rev. Peter Hoytema to the Redeemer University College Board of Governors

o   Richard Boer (London-Bethel) as Deacon at Large on the Classical Ministries Committee

·         Classis approved the 2017 Audited Financial Statements and also approved the appointment of BDO
     Canada LLP, Woodstock as auditors for 2018 fiscal year.

·         Following a review and recommendations by our Finance Committee and CMC, classis approved
     increases to the rates paid for pulpit supply, mileage and the honourariums to our Treasurer and Stated
     Clerk beginning in 2019.

·         Classis received and update from our Classical Church Planting Team and participated in an exercise
      reviewing and imagining where the next church plant(s) might be.

·         A committee will be formed to study various leadership models and structure within the CRC, in light of
     various factors, including that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to get members to serve in the
     offices of elder and deacon.  Note:  If you know of a member interested, gifted and willing to serve on
     such a committee, please contact Ron Middel, Stated Clerk.

·         Classis was blessed to hear Church Counselor, Church Visitor, and a number of other reports throughout
     the day.   
     We adjourned at 3:20 p.m. to meet again on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., DV, at East
     CRC, Strathroy.

 
                                                           -- Minutes are available through your church or Ron Middel, Stated Clerk

  

Helpful information for churches can be found on the Classis Chatham website

www.classischatham.ca


Saturday, February 3, 2018 hosted by Good News CRC, London

·         Rev. Willemina Zwart of Good News welcomed all.  She and the Good News Praise Team led in a time of worship
     and devotions.

·         27of the 28 churches of classis were present with Windsor-Ambassador offered regrets.  69 delegates were in
     attendance, including 20 first-time delegates.  All first time delegates signed the Covenant for Office Bearers.

·         Classis was declared constituted and Rev. Rob Hogendoorn of London-Forest City and Rev. Willemina Zwart of
     London-Good News were seated as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.  Mr. Ron Middel was seated as the Clerk.

·         We welcomed Rev. Andrew Zomerman, new pastor of Dresden CRC and several other guests.

·         Chaplains Kelly Sibthorpe of Fanshawe College, Mike Wagenman of Western University, and Doug Rowley of
      Ridgetown College reported on their ministries and the lives being affected and changed.

·         Chaplain Kelly Sibthorpe announced of his intention to resign as Fanshawe College Chaplain as soon as a
      replacement can be found.  The Chair and delegates thanked Kelly for serving as chaplain and we wish him the
      Lord’s blessing and guidance as he seeks to serve Him.

·         Following a nomination and voting process throughout the day, the following were elected to Synod 2018:

Minister Delegate:  Rev. Tim Luimes (Blenheim)

Minister Alternate:  Rev. Greg Fluit (St. Thomas-Fellowship)

Elder Delegate:  Diane Plug (Sarnia-First)

Elder Alternate:  John VanTil (London-Bethel)

Deacon Delegate:  Lynette van de Hoef (Chatham-First)

Deacon Alternate:  John Klein-Geltink (Ingersoll)

Other Office Bearer Delegate:  Rev. David VanBerkel (Sarnia-First)

Other Office Bearer Alternate:  Rev. Michael Wagenman (London Campus Ministry-Western)

·         Classis was blessed to hear a report from our classical Church Planting Team.  Church Councils were encouraged to
     spend time at their meetings to provide information to the committee.

·         Rev. Al Postma, the CRCNA Classis Renewal Coordinator spent significant time leading classis focusing on how we
     can look to organize around mission and faith ministry in fresh ways.

·         Classis heard that the Classical Ministries Committee continues to discuss the future of our Classis Youth Ministry
     Team as they reorganize.

·         Recommendations from classis Nominations Committee have been approved by the Classical Ministries Committee
     (CMC) or classis:

o   Rev. Willemina Zwart (London-Good News) nominated to the Calvin College Board of Directors

o   Rev. Mark Verbruggen (Sarnia-Living Hope) to the Fanshawe College Campus Ministry Team

o   Pastor Beth Fellinger (St. Thomas-Destination) to the Council of Delegates

·         Classis heard of the exciting opportunity to further the work of God’s kingdom in London as Forest City Community
      Church recently began a second site in east London.

 ·       As the Calvin Worship Symposium is often in conflict with our winter session, classis approved that we begin holding
         our winter meeting of classis on the first Saturday of February.

·        Both Essex and Sarnia-Redeemer CRC’s were granted permission for an elder administer the Lord’s Supper during
    their vacancies.  This is permitted by the Church Order in the case of need.

·        The 2017 yearend Financial Statement was distributed on behalf of the Treasurer and Finance Committee. 
    We are thankful that we reached 101% of our classical ministry shares.

·        Classis was blessed to hear Church Counselor, Church Visitor, and a number of other reports throughout the day. 
    We adjourned at 3:00 p.m. to meet again on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., DV, at a location yet to be determined.
         
                    -- Minutes are available through your church or Ron Middel, Stated Clerk
                   Helpful information for churches can be found on the Classis Chatham website
                                                   www.classischatham.ca




                                                                               


           CLASSIS CHATHAM HIGHLIGHTS

              Tuesday, September 26, 2017
     hosted by Destination Church, St. Thomas

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·         Pastor Beth Fellinger of Destination welcomed all.  She and the Destination Praise Team led in opening devotions and a ministry reflection. 
         She also led the delegates and guests in an exercise -- “The Adventure of the Shoe” and a time of personal reflection.  Opportunity for prayer
          was taken throughout the day.

·         26 of the 28 churches of classis were present.  Windsor-Ambassador and London-Forest City North offered regrets.  65 delegates were in
    attendance, including 10 first-time  delegates.  All first time delegates signed the Covenant for Office Bearers.

·         Classis was declared constituted and Rev. Norman Visser of Chatham-Calvary and Rev. Eric Groot-Nibbelink of London-Bethel were seated as
    Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. Mr. Ron Middel was seated as the Clerk.

·         Chaplains Kelly Sibthorpe of Fanshawe College and Mike Wagenman of Western University reported on their ministries and of the encouraging
     interactions as well as some of the challenges.

·         Mr. Fred Verwoerd Interim President of Redeemer University College addressed us.  Redeemer is celebrating their 35th year with 650 students
    enrolled.  They are in the midst of a $20 million capital campaign and are focused on reducing their debt.

·         Dr. Darren Roorda, Canadian Ministries Director for the CRCNA reported on the activities that the denomination has been doing through our
    Canadian office.  He also introduced “The Bridge App” which the delegates approved to support and integrate for all of our churches of the course
    of a minimum of two years.  More information and training will be coming to our churches in the near future.

·         Mr. Maynard Wiersma of Christian Stewardship Services gave an educational and encouraging presentation on stewardship “Sparking Generosity
     in Your Congregation”.

·         Rev. Harold Winter (Tillsonburg) introduced the Church Renewal Lab.  “The Church Renewal Lab is a two-year renewal journey for the purpose of
    developing intentional missional congregations that make more and better disciples who transform lives and communities in Christ.”  “A Simple
    Reality… Either a church is on a constant path of renewal or it is on a sure path of decline.”  Rev. Winter encouraged our congregations to consider
    and discuss participation in this journey and invited elders, deacons, ministers and church leaders to a lunch at London-Bethel on Wednesday,
    November 8th.

·         Several administrative changes to the Rules of Classis were approved.

·         Following recommendations from classis Nominations Committee and Classical Ministries Committee (CMC), classis approved the appointments
    of:

o   Margriet Linker of St. Thomas-Fellowship as Deacon Member at Large to CMC

o   Barry Wright of Dresden as Elder Member at Large to CMC

o   Rev. Eric Groot-Nibbelink as Synodical Deputy Alternate

·        Classical Treasurer Harry Verburg presented the proposed 2018 budget on behalf of the Finance Committee.  Classis approved the budget, 
    which amounts to $61.76 per professing member (this is down from $64.88 in 2017).

·         Classis was blessed to hear Church Counselor and a number of other reports were throughout the day.

·         Classis adjourned at 2:10 p.m. to meet again at London-Good News on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., DV.

 
                                                                                                                               -- Questions should be sent to Ron Middel, Stated Clerk

 

Helpful information for churches can be found on the Classis Chatham website

www.classischatham.ca







CLASSIS CHATHAM HIGHLIGHTS

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 hosted by Maranatha CRC, Woodstock


 

                            Rev. Daryl Meijer of Maranatha welcomed all and led in a time of reflection, praise and worship. We shared in a
                            time of prayer followed by the singing of Hail the Day 
 that Sees Him Rise.  Opportunity for prayer was taken
                            throughout the day.

·         27of the 28 churches of classis were present.  Windsor-Ambassador offered regrets.
     65 delegates were in attendance, including 5 first-time delegates.  All first time
     delegates signed the Covenant for Office Bearers.

·         Classis was declared constituted and Rev. Aaron Thompson of Essex and Rev.
     Norman Visser of Ingersoll were seated as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. 
     Mr. Ron Middel was seated as the Clerk.

·         Ron Baker, Lead Pastor of London-Forest City North Church shared some
     encouraging stories of how God is working at FC North.  Following Ron’s time of
     sharing, Rev. Rob Hogendoorn of London-Forest Community Church updated the
     delegates of the evolution of how FC North church plant started and how it
     functions today.

·         Chaplains Kelly Sibthorpe of Fanshawe College and Mike Wagenman of Western
     University reported on their ministries of the exciting opportunities occurring.

·         Patricia Van Reenen lead a presentation/workshop, on the topic of Clergy Mental
     Health.

·         Mr. Gilbert Langerak, of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, gave a
     presentation on the topic of Government Compliance for Christian Charities.

·         Dr. Alida van Dijk, of London-Good News sustained an examination for
     Commissioned Pastor.  Alida serves as Chaplain at Parkwood Hospital in London.

·         Classis heard that the Classical Ministries Committee requires two non-clergy
     individuals to serve on the committee as members at large.  The involvement of
     individuals who are currently serving as elders or deacons, or who have held these
     offices in the past, is considered particularly meaningful.  Interested individuals who
     would be interested to serve on the CMC are asked to contact the Stated Clerk.

·         Classis heard that the CMC confirmed the selection of its officers.  Rev. Derek
      Bouma (Strathroy-East) as Chair, Rev. Josh Tuininga (Wallaceburg) as Vice Chair,
      and Rev. Willemina Zwart (London-Good News) as Vice All (pro tem, until the next
      meeting of CMC).

·         Rev. Peter Hoytema (Strathroy-Westmount) and Rev. Norman Visser (Ingersoll)
     have completed their terms on CMC and were thanked for their many years of
     service.

·         Classis received a report from representatives of CMC regarding the Classical
     Youth Consultant position. 
     Following recommendations from CMC, classis approved that this position be
     discontinued after August 2017.

·         Classis received and approved the audited 2016 Financial Statements.

·         Classis approved the request of Sarnia-Redeemer to grant emeritus status to
      Rev. Jim Poelman as he is retiring effective July 31st.

·         As Rev. William Koopmans (Chatham-Grace) has accepted a call to Hope CRC,
     Brantford, classis approved the recommendation of Rev. Dirk Miedema to be
     appointed as Synodical Deputy.

·         Both Rev. Koopmans and Rev. Poelman shared a few comments as they leave their
     respective ministries in our classis.

·         Classis was blessed to hear Church Counselor, Church Visitor and a number of
      other reports were throughout the day.

·         Classis adjourned at 4:07 p.m. to meet again at St. Thomas-Destination on
     Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m., DV.

                                                 -- Questions should be sent to Ron Middel, Stated Clerk

 

Helpful information for churches can be found on the Classis Chatham website:                                                                                      www.classischatham.ca


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