January 2015 Classis Meeting – Holland Christian Home

Highlights of the 401st Meeting of Classis Hudson:

Classis Hudson met on January 29, 2015 at the Holland Christian Home.

The meeting began with a devotions from Rev. Rod Gorter based on Exodus 12 and John 1:29.  He showed a video of the Ray Boltz song “Watch the Lamb” and encouraged church leaders to “watch the Lamb” as they serve God’s kingdom today and in their churches.

Classis heard updates on the work being done by World Renew in the areas of disaster response and justice ministry.  In particular, churches are encouraged to send representatives to a volunteer workshop to be held at the Reformed Church of Highland Park on March 21.  Details and registration can be found here.

New Life Church of Staten Island and Cedar Hill CRC both share some of the challenges and opportunities of the ministry God has set before them.

Pastor Jeremy Mulder presented a report commissioned by classis a number of months ago, highlighting some of the unique contributions which the Reformed tradition and the CRC in particular bring to the wider Christian community in our area.  He highlights the emphases of God’s sovereignty, the covenant, and the Kingdom as specific areas in which our congregations excel in their presentation of the gospel both within and outside the church community, and refers delegates to some of the information on the CRC web site.  He also engages all present in an enthusiastic dialogue about some of the practical implications for ministry in our congregations.  Classis agrees that this conversation should continue and there will be a follow up at the May meeting.

Classis was informed of some progress made in the discussions over the future ministry of the Queens CRC.

Rev. Keith Doornbos from Calvin Seminary led classis in a follow up to a discussion held last fall about the Renewal Lab, a program which several churches in our area hope to offer as a means of fostering growth and vitality in CRC congregations in our area.  An overview of the lab is being held at Faith Community CRC on January 31.  Congregations are asked to respond by the end of March if they are interested in taking part in this.  More details can be found in the report from the September classis meeting.

In response to a specific request from one of our churches, classis also spends time discussing the challenge of ministry in smaller congregations, and ways to maintain a vital congregational life with only a small number of members.  Classis also discusses the work of its home missions committee, Mid-Atlantic Ministries, and its vision for the next few years of ministry.

Elder Jeremy Mulder (Restore Church) and Pastors Michael Bentley (East Islip) and Mary Stegink (Ridgewood) were delegated to represent Classis Hudson at Synod 2015.

The classis meeting was closed with devotions from Rev. Michael Bentley, based on John 12:18-27, reflecting on the promise of God’s design and energy for our ministry as we pursue His work.  Classis expresses its thanks to the Holland Christian Home for its hospitality.  The meeting was closed in prayer.

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  1. […] Classis Hudson met on January 29, 2015 at the Holland Christian Home in North Haledon, NJ.  Details of the meeting can be found here. […]


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