Classis West met in regular session on September 28, 2016, in Randolph, WI.

Rev. S. Key opened the meeting with devotions and an exhortation based on I Thessalonians 2:1-6. He reminded the delegates that God has entrusted us with the gospel. This becomes a source of confidence for us who minister the Word, as well as a reason for commitment and the power of divine commission.

Rev. R. Kleyn chaired this meeting of Classis. The agenda was brief. The stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee all reported routine labors. The expenses of this meeting totaled $6,871.73. Classis adjourned before 11:00, after hearing Rev. Kleyn give a brief parting exhortation based on I Corinthians 15:58. Classis is scheduled to meet next on March 1, 2017 in Redlands.

The day before Classis, the delegates and several visitors enjoyed fellowship and instruction at an officebearers’ conference on the topic of “Biblical Counseling.” The two morning sessions were led by Rev. Jeff Doll, pastor of biblical counseling at Cornerstone United Reformed Church, and director of the Institute for Reformed biblical Counseling. Rev. Doll’s first presentation set forth seven foundational principles for Reformed Biblical counseling. In his second speech he laid out seven steps to follow in counseling God’s people. The afternoon sessions were led by Rev. Garry Eriks and Rev. Rodney Kleyn. Rev. Eriks spoke on “The Practice and Goal of Biblical Counseling,” and Rev. Kleyn on “Implementing Biblical Counseling in the Local Church.” The instruction was timely and the fellowship pleasant.

Rev. Douglas Kuiper

Stated Clerk, Classis West