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A classis is a group of churches within a geographical area that comes together to seek, discern, and submit to God's will, offer one another mutual support and accountability, find ways to live out a collective calling in the region, and allow for a healthy and sustained connection to the wider denomination.

A classis has the authority to deal with matters that concern its churches in common and its decisions are binding on the churches in its region. A minister, elder, and deacon from each congregation are delegated to attend each classis meeting.

Our Church Order defines classis in this way: "A classis is a group of Christian Reformed churches that come together to seek, discern, and submit to God’s will; offer one another mutual support and accountability; find ways to live out a collective calling within their region; and allow for a healthy and sustained connection to the wider denomination. A classis shall consist of a group of neighboring churches. The organization of a new classis and the redistricting of classes require the approval of synod." 

Read more about the purpose of a classis.

Classis Renewal

Classis Renewal Consultant

The Classis Renewal Consultant serves as a resource to the CRCNA Classes to strengthen their health and ministry. While this particular position officially began in Summer 2016, it builds on a long history of classis renewal. Some of the current focuses are: coordinating the support and training for functionaries, coaching Classes who are looking to organize around mission & ministry in fresh ways, and implementing recommendations from the Better Together report. While these are the initial focuses, the position is designed to be flexible to best support the ministry of Classes. Contact Al Postma to discuss anything and everything to do with Classis.

Resources for Classis Renewal

Online Folder: Our classis renewal leader, Al Postma, keeps an online shared drive that houses many resources and documents related to gatherings, presentations, etc. It includes a folder with copies of current and past classis ministry plans. You can access that folder by clicking here.

Ministry Plans: Your classis can be supported by having a ministry plan in place. The types of ministry plans that classes have are diverse in content and approach, but they are all designed to help the classis flourish. You can also see the above link for samples of classis ministry plans.

Classes in the CRC

There are 49 classes in the CRC, 11 in Canada and 37 in the United States, and one with congregations on both sides of the border.

For denominational ministry services, classes are divided into six regions and their subregions (view as a printable PDF). (For representation on the Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary boards, classes are divided into 12 regions.)

Regions and Classes

Classes by Region

Classis Name
Ministry Region
Boards (CC & CTS)

Alberta North
Canada West - Rockies East
Region 2

Alberta South/Saskatchewan
Canada West - Rockies East
Region 2

Arizona
USA West - Rockies
Region 7

Atlantic Northeast
USA East - North Central
Region 12

B.C. North-West
Canada West - Rockies West
Region 1

B.C. South-East
Canada West - Rockies West
Region 1

California South
USA West - Southern
Region 6

Central California
USA West - Northern
Region 6

Central Plains
USA Central - Upper Midwest
Region 8

Chicago South
USA Central - Chicagoland
Region 9

Columbia
USA West - Northern
Region 5

Eastern Canada
Canada East - North East
Region 3

Georgetown
Great Lakes - Lakeshore
Region 10

Grand Rapids East
Great Lakes - Grand Rapids Metro
Region 11

Grand Rapids North
Great Lakes - Grand Rapids Metro
Region 11

Grand Rapids South
Great Lakes - Grand Rapids Metro
Region 11

Grandville
Great Lakes - Grand Rapids Metro
Region 11

Greater Los Angeles
USA West - Southern
Region 6

Hackensack
USA East - North Central
Region 12

Hamilton
Canada East - South Central
Region 4

Hanmi
USA West - Southern
Region 6

Heartland
USA Central - Upper Plains
Region 8

Holland
Great Lakes - Lakeshore
Region 10

Hudson
USA East - North Central
Region 12

Huron
Canada East - South Central
Region 4

Iakota
USA Central - Upper Plains
Region 8

Illiana
USA Central - Chicagoland
Region 9

Kalamazoo
Great Lakes - Lakeshore
Region 10

Ko-Am
USA West - Southern
Region 6

Lake Erie
Great Lakes - Greater Michigan
Region 11

Lake Superior (Canada)
Canada West - Rockies East
Region 2

Lake Superior (USA)
USA Central - Upper Midwest
Region 8

Minnkota
USA Central - Upper Plains
Region 8

Muskegon
Great Lakes - Lakeshore
Region 10

Niagara
Canada East - South Central
Region 4

Northcentral Iowa
USA Central - Upper Midwest
Region 8

North Cascades
USA West - Northern
Region 5

Northern Illinois
USA Central - Chicagoland
Region 9

Northern Michigan
Great Lakes - Greater Michigan
Region 10

Ontario Southwest
Canada East - South Central
Region 4

Pacific Northwest
USA West - Northern
Region 5

Quinte
Canada East - North East
Region 3

Red Mesa
USA West - Rockies
Region 7

Rocky Mountain
USA West - Rockies
Region 7

Southeast U.S.
USA East - South East
Region 12

Thornapple Valley
Great Lakes - Grand Rapids Metro
Region 11

Toronto
Canada East - South Central
Region 3

Wisconsin
USA Central - Upper Midwest
Region 9

Yellowstone (Montana)
USA Central - Upper Plains
Region 5

Yellowstone (Utah)
USA West - Rockies
Region 5

Zeeland
Great Lakes - Lakeshore
Region 10