Welcome to Classis Toronto
Classis Toronto is a regional association of Christian Reformed congregations.
Mission: to be, by the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, a growing community of churches called to witness to Jesus Christ and advance God’s reign in the whole region in which we live by continuing to be reformational, by being accountable to each other while valuing the diversity of our expression, and by fostering ministry in and among the local congregations.
A Classis Toronto Learning Event
CHURCH LEADERSHIP: Sharing Best Practices
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Registration 8:30 a.m. Event 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
King Christian School, 19740 Bathurst St., East Gwillimbury (North of Newmarket, just off Yonge Street, Left on Bathurst)
Registration deadline April 25
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Opening Words and Worship
9:30 to 10:40 a.m. Workshops – Session 1 (CHOOSE FROM LIST BELOW)
10:40 to 11:05 a.m. Refreshment Break
11:05 to 12:15 a.m. Workshops – Session 2 (CHOOSE FROM LIST BELOW)
12:15 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CONCURRENT ANNUAL MEETINGS (Agendas to follow)
Classis Toronto AGM (3 delegates – 1 pastor, 1 elder, 1 deacon)
The Lighthouse AGM (1 or more delegates)
CRC Extension Fund AGM (1 or more delegates)
Youth Ministry Leaders Gathering - lead by Lesli Van Milligen, Youth Champion for Classis Toronto
FOR AGM's SEND CLASSICAL CREDENTIALS FORM LISTING ALL COUNCIL APPOINTED DELEGATES
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. MINISTRY FAIR
Register with John at email@example.com ASAP but for sure by April 22.
REGISTER BY SENDING EMAIL WITH YOUR NAME, CHURCH/ORGANIZATION, TOP THREE WORKSHOP CHOICES
The following workshops are led by people from within Classis Toronto. They come not only with teaching, but also with openness to learning from others attending the session. REGISTER BY SENDING EMAIL TO firstname.lastname@example.org with NAME, CHURCH/ORGANIZATION, and TOP THREE WORKSHOP CHOICES by April 22 latest.
- Are Times Changing in Children's Ministry?
Led by: Elaine Van Laare - Children’s Ministry Director at ClearView CRC, Oakville; With her team of volunteers, Elaine has been trying something new to help build the faith of kids.
This is an exciting time in children’s ministry and there is a new “buzz” in the air regarding faith formation! New ideas are percolating, fresh conversations are popping up and new strategies are breaking out. Curious? Want to join this interactive, conversation-driven workshop and participate in something new? Come and share your common experience with kid’s ministry, hear some new ideas and leave wondering what God might want to do through you to build faith in the next generation.
- Discipling towards Mission (How to Get a Life 101)
Led by: John Bouwers, Pastor of Crosstowne Church, Milton. A church planter for nearly 5 years, John’s call is to grow mission-engaged disciples.
Today we face enormous questions around change such as, "How can the church grow spiritually and numerically, become more diverse, reach the next generation, love our neighbours or even change our region?” And even if we had answers, where's the time or people to run them? Come learn and discuss how discipling your congregation into simple but whole life rhythms of living missionally can address many of the questions the church faces today. After defining 'missional discipleship', we will explore where to start, what to do and how this might change everything!
- Planning Spirit-Led Ministry
Led by: Sam Cooper, Pastor together other ministry leaders from the Community CRC of Meadowvale, Mississauga
Isn't all ministry Spirit-led? Does Spirit-led ministry mean we stop planning? How can leaders model being led by the Spirit? What does that look like? What kind of biblical foundation is necessary? With specific examples, yours and ours, we will explore how the church--voluntarily and intentionally--can adapt to a Spirit-led model of ministry.
- Grace Shaped Culture Change that Encourages Lifelong Faith Formation
Led by: Lesli van Milligen, Regional Catalyst, CRC Faith Formation Ministries. Lesli helps churches address areas where their church culture might need to be intentionally re-shaped.
How do we pinpoint where change needs to happen? How do we ensure that change will bless the congregation as a whole? What are some small steps that will yield powerful and lasting change in our congregations without necessarily creating new “programs” in volunteer stretched churches? Come learn and discuss ideas and resources for managing change that will support Cradle to Grave Faith Formation and Discipleship.
- Ridder Church Renewal
Led by: Richard Bodini, Pastor, Holland Marsh CRC, Newmarket. Richard has been engaged in personal transformation for years, but Ridder has made the greatest impact on him over these last 3 years.
First what it isn’t! (Hint: a program) What it is? Personal transformation. This session will be a general introduction to Ridder and some of its benefits and challenges. Come check it out.
- Developing a Leadership Culture.
Led by: Erick Schuringa, Pastor, Immanuel CRC, Caledon & CT Ministry Catalyst; Barb Van Giessen, Co-Leader of Congregational Networks, The Reformed Leadership Initiative. They were once 2/3 of the leadership team of the Leadership Development Network
How do we multiply leaders in ministry? Does our context encourage or diminish people’s leadership potential? Come learn and discuss ideas and resources for expanding the leadership pool of your community.
- Pastoral Authority and Equipping for Ministry
Led by: Brian Walsh, Pastor of the Wine Before Breakfast community (CRC Campus Ministry) at the University of Toronto.
The church is not a volunteer organization. We are a body with a rich array of gifts. Sometimes pastoral authority requires naming those gifts in the community and calling for them to be exercised. How can pastoral authority empower members of the community? And how does this kind of authority amount to giving away much of the traditional power of the clergy? Our conversation will be within the context of biblical reflection (bring a Bible) and testimony.
- Congregational Discussion Guidelines / Behavioural Covenant
Led by: Geoff Wichert, Pastor, CRC Campus Ministry at the U of T. Geoff looks for opportunities to help facilitate deep discussions about important, sensitive topics.
How can we uphold our character as Christians when we talk to each other about deeply held convictions on which we disagree? Is it possible to “speak the truth in love” in such a way that our communities continue “working properly” together and the body “grows and builds itself up in love” (Eph 4:15-16)? This workshop will present some specific, practical tools that can help us with this challenge.
- A New Strategy for Recruiting High Impact Volunteers
Led by: Carol Sybenga, Program Manager for CRC ServiceLink, the volunteer services program of the CRCNA.
Recruiting methods that used to work are no longer attracting potential applicants. Culture has changed and methods for bringing people on board also need to change. Come learn some new and effective strategies to take back to your church.
- Do We Really Need Church Staff?
Led by: Geoff Vandermolen, Lead Pastor of the staff team at ClearView CRC, Oakville. He is convinced this is one of the best teams he has ever been part of in ministry.
Youth pastors, worship leaders, church secretaries and custodians. Churches hire people to fill these various roles. But how do we make sure we are being effective? How do we know we need these roles? And, what are the pitfalls and highlights of moving in this direction?