Mr. Koole is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado.
Doon Protestant Reformed Church in Doon, Iowa was the site of the spring officebearers’ conference. This conference was held on March 3, 1992, one day prior to the meeting of Classis West. The conference was attended by more than 65 men, which number included: pastor and elder delegates to the Classis, professors and students from Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and men from our Protestant Reformed churches in this area.
As in the past, the conference dealt with a particular subject. The subject for this conference was “The church order of Dordt.” The history and the value of this “minor” confession was the subject of the keynote address presented by Rev. R. Cammenga. The rest of the conference was conducted in sectional format in which two presentations were given at each of three scheduled sectional times. The content of these presentations is the copy for this issue of the Standard Bearer.
Attending an officebearers’ conference was a first for me. It was an opportunity that proved to be a very valuable experience. Because the material presented has a direct bearing on the work done by officebearers, such a conference provides opportunity to grow in the office. The lively, hour-long discussions following each presentation cannot be captured in print, but they did serve well to enrich the topics. Also, one cannot help but be struck by the important place that God (“who is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in the churches of the saints” [I Cor. 14:33]) has given to the church order in the Reformed churches. This church order, which has its principle roots in the Reformation, enables the churches to heed the command of Scripture to do all things decently and in order. A conference of this nature serves as a stimulus to officebearers to read and study carefully the articles of the church order.
One final observation by this writer has to do with the attitudes that the officebearers at a Reformed conference such as this display toward the work God has given them to do. One could not help but be impressed by the deep sense of responsibility these men felt to preserve and uphold the demands of the Scriptures with respect to Reformed church polity for the good of the churches. Even though there may not be complete agreement on every point of interpretation, there is nevertheless always a unity of goal and purpose. The words of Psalter # 371 take on deeper meaning: “Behold how pleasant and how good that we, one Lord confessing, together dwell in brotherhood, our unity expressing.”
The conference committee is planning a future conference, D.V., in conjunction with the meeting of the September Classis in Loveland, Colorado. The topic will be “Pastoring the Flock.” I look forward to this conference with eager anticipation. Surely those who attended the Doon conference would say, “The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage” (Psalm 16:6).