Classis West of the Protestant Reformed Churches met on March 6-7, 2019, in Heritage PRC (Sioux Falls, SD). This small congregation did a fine job of hosting the delegates over two full days. The meeting was capably chaired by Rev. Stephan Regnerus, who was serving in this capacity for the first time in his ministry.
After opening devotions and the constituting of Clas- sis, routine reports of the stated clerk, classical committee, and reading sermon committee were read and approved. The church visitors also reported on their work over the last year and the presence of unity, peace, and love prevailing in the churches.
Over the course of the two days, Classis dealt with two appeals of members against the decisions of their respective consistories.
In the first appeal, the individual objected to First
PRC (Edmonton) consistory’s decision to read an apology in response to his protest of his minister’s preaching on the doctrine of providence. The individual argued that his consistory must proceed rather to suspension under Articles 79-80 of the Church Order. After careful deliberation, Classis upheld this appeal, judging that the minister was guilty of a fundamental and persistent doctrinal error and that an apology was inadequate in this instance. Classis advised First PRC (Edmonton) consistory to suspend their pastor and conduct an investigation into the extent of his error. If the consistory should request it, Classis appointed a special committee to assist in the implementation of the decisions.
Due to the nature of the second appeal, it was treated entirely in closed session. After careful deliberation, Classis upheld the individual’s appeal and gave instruction to the consistory involved.
In other matters, Classis made the following schedule to supply the pulpit of the vacant Immanuel PRC (Lacombe, AB): Rev. Marcus (May 26 and June 2), Rev. Regnerus (June 16 and 23), Rev. J. Langerak (August 18 and 25), Rev. R. Kleyn (September 8 and 15), Rev. Guichelaar (September 29 and October 6), and Rev. N. Langerak (October 20 and 27).
Classis approved the subsidy requests for 2020 for three churches and forwarded them to synod for its approval. Worthy of note is the fact that two congregations who have requested subsidy in the past (Heritage PRC and Lynden PRC) are not in need of subsidy for 2020.
Classis also voted for various classical functionaries. Rev. Engelsma was appointed to a three-year term on the Classical Committee. Rev. Lee was appointed to a three-year term as a primus synodical deputy, and Rev. Guichelaar was appointed to a three-year term as a secundus synodical deputy. Classis appointed Revs. Hanko, Key, R. Kleyn, and Laning as church visitors, with Revs. Brummel and T. Miersma as alternates.
Ministers delegated to Synod 2019 were Revs. Brummel, Huizinga, Key, R. Kleyn, and Laning. Alternates are Revs. Barnhill, Engelsma, Guichelaar, N. Langerak, and Lee. Elders delegated to Synod 2019 were Brian Gritters (Hull), Hilgard Goosen (Immanuel), Alan Meurer (Bethel), Don Terpstra (Peace), and Bert Wories (Crete). Alternates are Duane Bruinsma (Crete), Todd DeMeester (Hope), Glenn Feenstra (Hope), David Griess (Loveland), and Eric Ophoff (Crete).
The expenses of this meeting totaled $10,457.11.
Classis will meet next in Calvary PRC on September 25, 2019, the Lord willing.
Rev. Joshua Engelsma
Stated Clerk, Classis West