Church visits connect the classis, the local churches, and their office bearers for strengthening, care and accountability. Appointed by classis, church visitors are typically two-person teams (two pastors or one pastor and one elder) that connect with a set number of churches within the classis on a regular basis. Churches are also welcome to call upon church visitors for advice should problems arise. The church visitors are expected to provide written reports of their work to classis.
PCR has a vital interest in the longstanding tradition of Church Visiting as prescribed in Church Order article 42. Church Visiting is a healthy process with potential for identifying concerns, and considering next steps in a timely manner. PCR is working with several classis groups to explore more effective means of providing Church Visiting. The goal is to reinvigorate this means by which Classes assist congregations and to propose a variety of models for church visitors to use.
Church Visiting 101: What is a Church Visitor? (An elevator speech)
For qualifications for Church Visitors, click here.
Click here to read the relevant pages from the Manual of Christian Reformed Church Government.
Click here to read the Guide for Conducting Church Visiting adopted by Synod 2012.
Click here to read a Brief Guide to Church Visiting.
Click here to read promising practices for Church Visitors.
For additional Church Visitor resources, please click here.
Click here for a Church Visiting guide based on the Healthy Church Discernment Process.
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