Synod will not change the process for a group of churches (classis) to express its concern to another classis.
Classis Minnkota requested that Synod 2018 change the Church Order so that one classis can appeal directly to another.
But synod ruled that “councils and classes are already free to communicate matters of concern with one another.” The requested addition would also create a contradiction in Church Order, according to the ruling.
“The real concern is that we would be creating a system in which classes could circumvent the work of synod,” said Rob Toornstra. “We encourage classes who have issues and concerns with one another to continue to communicate with each other—it doesn’t have to be an appeal process.”
“I hope that when communications are given, there would be the courtesy of a response,” said Jeff Scripps, Classis Georgetown.
“The way the system is now it does seem impossible for any classis to appeal to synod matters of concern about another classis,” said Roger Sparks, Classis Minnkota. “The burden of the overture is so that matters of mutual concern can be brought to the whole denomination.”
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