Rongen, G. van (2005) Art. 38

Article 38 — Constitution of a consistory

If a consistory is to be instituted for the first time or anew, the advice of classis shall be sought.

The required agreement of the classis does not mean that the initial or renewed institution is a classical affair. The desire to be instituted as a congregation has to live among the brothers and sisters concerned, and to be expressed at the correct place: to the consistory under the care of which they have been placed (Article 39). This assembly must bring the matter to the

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The agreement of the latter means that this body is of the same opinion, namely that it is time to institute the offices.

It is a matter of course that the newly instituted church is immediately incorporated into the bond of churches.