May 2012 Classis Meeting – Crossroads Community CRC

Highlights of the 393rd Meeting of Classis Hudson:

Classis Hudson met on May 10, 2012, at the Crossroads Community Church of Flanders, NJ.

The meeting began with a time of praise and worship led by members of Crossroads church.

Two congregations in our classis, the newly-affiliated Evergreen Church and the Tree of Life CRC of Englewood, requested that classis approve their decision to join together into a single ministry.  This request was granted.  As part of this process, Rev. Kooksung Kim was released from his service as a church planter at Tree of Life Church after deciding to pursue a different direction in ministry.  He will be succeeded as senior pastor by Rev. Henry Cho.  Classis thanks Rev. Kim for his many years of service to his church and to our classis, and wishes him God’s blessings during his time of ministry transition.  Classis also prays for the Spirit’s strengthening hand on Rev. Cho and his congregation and prays for God’s blessing on the ministry of Tree of Life Church.

Delegates interviewed Leo Yoon, a seminary student pursuing ordination in the CRC.  He is available for pulpit supply in our classis, as are several others.

Classis adopted a motion encouraging Korean congregations to send unordained deacons to classis as guests, and agreed to grant them the privilege of the floor where appropriate.  In many Korean congregations, deacons serve for a period of time in training before being formally ordained to their offices.

Love Korean CRC and Global Vision CRC also requested and received permission from classis to join together for ministry under the leadership of Rev. Eunboem Kim.  Rev. Sung Ho Chung, the former pastor of Love CRC, has retired.  Classis thanks Rev. Chung for his years of ministry in the CRC and prays for God’s blessing on Rev. Kim and his congregation as they serve the Lord in Clifton.

The classis archives, currently stored at Love Global Vision CRC in Clifton, are in the process of being moved to Grand Rapids.

The classis ministry share amount remains at $52 per adult confessing member for the coming year.  Classis also increased its support of three seminary students for the upcoming educational year.

New Life Ministries celebrates the acceptance of a call placed to Rev. Jack Wilson to serve as their new pastor.  Classis wishes the congregation and pastor the riches of God’s Spirit as they proclaim the gospel in North Haledon.

Classis delegates spent a brief time discussing the agenda for Synod 2012, to be held June 8-14 in Ancaster, Ontario.

The meeting is closed by Rev. David Sung with a devotional reflection on 1 Kings 3:7-12, encouraging church leaders to have hearts that seek to listen to and discern the work of God around us.  He concludes by praying for the churches and the decisions made at this meeting.

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