Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.A.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 51-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
51-a

The congregation shall assemble for worship, ordinarily twice on the Lord’s Day, to hear God’s Word, to receive the sacraments, to engage in praise and prayer, and to present gifts of gratitude.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 51-a

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 51-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Supplement, Article
51-a

a. Synod affirms the rich tradition of assembling for worship twice on the Lord’s Day and encourages existing congregations to continue and new congregations to embrace this tradition for the building up of the body of Christ.
b. Where congregations are exploring alternatives to the second service, synod encourages those congregations to ensure that such alternatives are part of a strategic ministry plan with full accountability to their classis.

(Acts of Synod 1995, pp. 766-67)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 51-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
51-b

Worship services shall be held in observance of Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, and Pentecost, and ordinarily on Old and New Year’s Day, and annual days of prayer and thanksgiving.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 51-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
51-c

Special worship services may be proclaimed in times of great stress or blessing for church, nation, or world.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 52-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
52-a

The consistory shall regulate the worship services.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 52-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
52-b

The consistory shall see to it that the principles and elements of worship approved by synod are observed, including the use of liturgical forms, songs, and synodically approved Bible versions. If liturgical forms are adapted or additional psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs are used in worship, these elements should conform to synodical guidelines.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 52-b

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 52-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Supplement, Article
52-b

Bible versions recommended by synod for use in worship services are listed online at www.crcna.org and include the King James Version (KJV), the American Standard Version (ASV), the Revised Standard Version (RSV), the New International Version (NIV), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), Today’s New International Version (TNIV), the English Standard Version (ESV), and the New Living Translation (NLT).
Liturgical forms, songs, and elements of worship approved by synod are contained in the latest edition (currently 1987) of the denomination’s Psalter Hymnal. Forms, subsequent revisions of forms that are synodically approved, and other such resources are made available on the denomination’s website (www.crcna.org) under “Synodical Resources.”
– Synodical guidelines pertaining to the adaptation of liturgical forms are found in the Acts of Synod 1994, pages 493-94, and in the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government (2008 Revision), pages 224-25.
– Materials on the principles of, elements of, and guidelines for worship and music are found in the “Introduction to the Psalms, Bible Songs, and Hymns” contained in the latest edition (currently 1987) of the denomination’s Psalter Hymnal, pages 11-13; in the Acts of Synod 1997, pages 664-68; and in the 1997 Committee to Study Worship Report available on the denomination’s website (www.crcna.org) under “Synodical Resources.”

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 53-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
53-a

The worship services shall be led by the ministers of the Word and others appointed by the consistory.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 53-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
53-b

Worship services may be led by persons licensed to exhort or by those appointed by the consistory to read a sermon. Such persons, however, shall refrain from all official acts of ministry, and only sermons approved by the consistory shall be read in a worship service.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 53

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 53

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Supplement, Article
53

“Official Acts of Ministry”

1) Certain acts of ministry — among them the preaching of the Word, the administration of the sacraments, the pronouncement of blessings for the people, the laying of hands on new leaders, and the reception and formal dismissal of members — are part of the ministry of Christ to his followers and are entrusted to the church and, within the church, to its ordained leaders, not to a specific office.
2) Therefore, no long-standing, organized congregation of Christians should be deprived of these liturgical acts simply because it cannot provide for the presence of an ordained minister or commissioned pastor.
3) These acts of ministry symbolize and strengthen the relationships among the Lord, leaders, and the people of God. Their use is a sacred trust given to leaders by the Lord for the purpose of strengthening the flock. Therefore the administration of these acts should continue to be regulated by the church.

(Acts of Synod 2001, p. 504)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 54-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
54-a

The proclamation of the Word shall be central to the worship of the church and shall be guided by the creeds and confessions.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 54-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
54-b

At one of the services each Lord’s Day, the minister shall ordinarily preach the Word as summarized in the creeds and confessions of the church, especially the Heidelberg Catechism.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 55

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
55

The sacraments shall be administered upon the authority of the consistory in the public worship service by a minister of the Word, a commissioned pastor, or, in the case of need, an ordained person who has received the approval of classis, with the use of the prescribed forms or adaptations of them that conform to synodical guidelines.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 55

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 55

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Supplement, Article
55

a. Classis approval is required for an ordained person to administer the sacraments.
b. Ordinarily the ordained person should be an elder.

(Acts of Synod 2002, p. 537)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 56

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
56

The covenant of God shall be sealed to children of confessing members by holy baptism. The consistory shall see to it that baptism is requested and administered as soon as feasible. Upon their baptism, children shall be designated as “baptized member.”

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 57

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
57

Adults who have not been baptized shall receive holy baptism upon public profession of faith. The form for the Baptism of Adults shall be used for such public professions.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 58

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
58

The baptism of one who comes from another Christian denomination shall be held valid if it has been administered in the name of the triune God, by someone authorized by that denomination.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-a

All baptized members who come with age- and ability-appropriate faith in Jesus Christ are welcome to the Lord’s Supper and called to obey the scriptural commands about participation in an age- and ability- appropriate way under the supervision of the elders.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-b

Baptized members shall be encouraged to make a public profession of faith with the use of a prescribed form in a public worship service. This public profession of faith includes a commitment to the creeds and confessions of the Christian Reformed Church. Before their profession of faith, they shall give an appropriate testimony of their faith, life, and doctrine to the elders. The names of those who will make a public profession of faith shall be announced to the congregation for approval at least one Sunday before their profession takes place. Upon their public profession of faith, they shall be designated as “confessing members.”

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-c

Confessing members receive all the privileges and responsibilities of such membership. Privileges include but are not limited to presentation of children for holy baptism, the right to vote at congregational meetings, and eligibility to hold of ce. Responsibilities include full participation in the work, life, and mutual discipline of the local congregation and the universal body of Christ.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 59-c

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 59-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Supplement, Article
59-c

Each congregation shall determine the appropriate age at which a confessing member shall receive such privileges and responsibilities.

(Acts of Synod 2011, p. 829)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-d

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-d

Confessing members coming from other Christian Reformed congregations shall be admitted to confessing membership in the congregation upon the presentation of certificates of membership attesting to their soundness in doctrine and life.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-e

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-e

Confessing members coming from churches in ecclesiastical fellowship shall be admitted as confessing members of the congregation upon the presentation of certificates or statements of membership after the consistory has satisfied itself concerning the doctrine and conduct of the members.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 59-f

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
59-f

Persons coming from other denominations shall be admitted as confessing members of the congregation only after the consistory has examined them concerning doctrine and conduct. The consistory shall determine in each case whether to admit them directly or by public reaffirmation or profession of faith. Their names shall be announced to the congregation for approval.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 60

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
60

The Lord’s Supper shall be administered at least once every three months in a manner conducive to building up the body of Christ and in keeping with the teachings of God’s Word.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 61

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
61

The public prayers in the worship service shall include adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 62

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

A. Worship Services

Article
62

Opportunity shall be given regularly, as part of worship, to offer gifts, both financial and otherwise, to develop and sustain ministries of the congregation, locally within its own community, the shared ministries of the denomination globally, and other causes that the church supports.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.B.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

B. Faith Nurture

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 63-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

B. Faith Nurture

Article
63-a

Each church shall minister to its children and youth — and to the children and youth in the community who participate — by nurturing their personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, by nurturing their faithful participation in the Lord’s Supper, by preparing them to pro- fess their faith publicly, and by equipping them to assume their Christian responsibilities in the church and in the world. This nurturing ministry shall include receiving them in love, praying for them, instructing them in the faith, and encouraging and sustaining them in the fellowship of believers.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 63-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

B. Faith Nurture

Article
63-b

Each church shall instruct the youth in the Scriptures and in the creeds and the confessions of the church, especially the Heidelberg Catechism. This instruction shall be supervised by the consistory.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 64-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

B. Faith Nurture

Article
64-a

Each church shall minister to its adult members so as to increase their knowledge of the Lord Jesus, to nurture a mature faith in Christ, to encourage and sustain them in the fellowship of believers, and to equip them to ful ll their calling in the church and in the world.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 64-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

B. Faith Nurture

Article
64-b

Each church shall provide opportunities for continued instruction of adult members. This instruction shall be supervised by the consistory.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.C.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 65

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
65

The officebearers of the church shall extend pastoral care to all members of the congregation and to others whenever possible. Home visitation and other methods, such as spiritual mentorship and personal contact, shall be used to encourage them to live by faith, restore those who err in doctrine or life, and comfort and assist those experiencing adversity.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-a

Confessing members who move to another Christian Reformed church or to a church in ecclesiastical fellowship are entitled to a certificate, issued by the council, concerning their doctrine and life. When such certificates of membership are requested, they shall ordinarily be mailed to the church of their new residence.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-b

Baptized members who move to another Christian Reformed church or to a church in ecclesiastical fellowship shall upon proper request be granted a certificate of baptism, to which such notations as are necessary shall be attached. Such certificates shall ordinarily be mailed to the church of their new residence.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-c

Ecclesiastical certificates shall be signed by the president and clerk of the council.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 67

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
67

Members who move to localities where there is no Christian Reformed church and no church in ecclesiastical fellowship may, upon their request, either retain their membership in the church of their former residence, or have their certificates sent to the nearest Christian Reformed church.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 67

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 67

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Supplement, Article
67

Rules for Lapsed Membership

1. Synod declares that baptized or confessing members who move away from the area of their church so that a meaningful church relationship is no longer possible, may retain their membership in their home church at their request and with the consent of the consistory. If they fail to make such a request, and do not transfer to a church near them, the consistory, having made serious attempts to rectify the situation, may declare their membership lapsed after a period of two years from the date of their departure. The member concerned shall be notified by the consistory of its action if at all possible. This rule shall not apply to those whose absence from their home is temporary.
2. This regulation shall supersede the rules of 1881 and 1910.

(Acts of Synod 1974, pp. 81-82)

Rules for Lapsing of Nonattending and Nonsupporting Members

Synod decided that with respect to a baptized or confessing member who, for a period of at least two years, has not moved but fails to attend and support the congregation that holds the person’s membership, the consistory may declare that person’s membership has lapsed. This may be done when all the following conditions are present:
a. The person claims to be still committed to the Christian faith.
b. The person claims to be worshiping elsewhere.
c. The consistory is not aware of any public sin requiring discipline.
Appropriate announcements shall be made by the consistory to the congregation regarding such lapsed memberships and the person involved shall be notified.

(Acts of Synod 1976, p. 25)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 68

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
68

Each church shall keep a complete record of all births, deaths, baptisms, professions of faith, receptions and releases of members, and excommunications and other terminations of membership.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-a

Consistories shall instruct and admonish those under their spiritual care to marry only in the Lord.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-b

Christian marriages should be solemnized with appropriate admonitions, promises, and prayers, as provided for in the official form. Marriages may be solemnized either in a worship service or in private gatherings of relatives and friends.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-c

Ministers shall not solemnize marriages which would be in conflict with the Word of God.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 70

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
70

Funerals and memorial services within the body of Christ should reflect the confidence of our faith and should be conducted accordingly. Such times provide opportunities to minister love, provide comfort, give instruction, and offer hope to the bereaved.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 71

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
71

The council shall diligently encourage the members of the congregation to establish and maintain good Christian schools in which the biblical, Reformed vision of Christ’s lordship over all creation is clearly taught. The council shall also urge parents to have their children educated in harmony with this vision according to the demands of the covenant.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 72

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
72

The council shall promote and supervise groups within the congregation for the study of God’s Word, for prayer, and for the enhancement of fellowship, discipleship, and service.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.D.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 73

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
73

In joyful obedience to the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations, the church is called to bear witness to Jesus Christ and his kingdom through word and deed.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 74-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
74-a

Each church shall proclaim the gospel to its community. The local church is to announce and demonstrate, through word and deed, that God’s reign has come; to live as an exhibit of God’s healing and reconciling grace; and to extend to all the invitation to experience new life in Christ through repentance and faith.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 74-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
74-b

The council shall be responsible to develop a vision and provide training and leadership to equip the church to fulfill its unique evangelistic and diaconal calling. Churches are encouraged to work with neighboring churches, appropriate community resources, classical and denominational resources, and other gifts the Lord has provided to help accomplish their tasks.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 74-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
74-c

Each council shall encourage the members of the congregation to support denominational and classical ministries by their interest, prayers, and gifts.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 74-d

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
74-d

Each church shall ensure that deacons and elders are incorporated into the structure and plans for ministry in a manner consistent with their respective mandates.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 75-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
75-a

The classes shall implement a ministry plan that advances evangelistic and diaconal witness to Christ and his kingdom in its specific region and, when necessary, assist those churches needing support to fulfill their mission.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 75-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
75-b

Each classis shall ensure that deacons and elders are incorporated into the structure and plans for ministry in a manner consistent with their respective mandates.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 76-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
76-a

Synod shall encourage and assist congregations and classes in their work of word and deed witness to Christ and his kingdom. Synod shall also appoint denominational ministries that engage churches and classes in ministries that are local, national, binational, and global.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 76-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
76-b

Synod shall ensure that deacons and elders are incorporated into the structure and plans for ministry in a manner consistent with their respective mandates.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 77

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

D. Ministries of the Church

Article
77

Synod shall regulate the work of denominational ministries by way of the Constitution and decisions of the Board of Trustees of the CRCNA.