Regional pastors are active or retired pastors who provide support to active clergy in the classis. Regional pastors build relationships with pastors, commissioned pastors, and their spouses through regular contact and conversation, assist in arranging mentors for new pastors, and seek to be available during times of particular challenge or opportunity.
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.
Newly ordained pastors, as well as those entering the CRC from other denominations, are required to have mentors for the first five years of their ordained ministry. Mentors are experienced pastors, usually from within the classis, available to help with personal and spiritual matters, professional practices and pastoral formation. Ideally, new pastors choose their mentors and initiate contact toward this relationship, but regional pastors are also available to assist in finding a suitable mentor.
When a church is without a pastor, classis provides a classical counselor from outside the congregation to advise the church in all matters pertaining to the calling of a new pastor. The counselor may help a congregation develop a wise process for selecting a pastor but, at minimum, a counselor reviews the salary and benefits described before endorsing the letter of call. The congregation may request the services of a specific pastor for this purpose or the classis may assign someone to fill the role.
Each classis has a stated clerk who, on behalf of classis, ensures accurate records/ minutes of all classis proceedings, manages the various communications of classis from routine correspondence to official communications relative to ministerial credentials, congregational status and overtures to synod. A stated clerk also ensures that the protocols and decisions of the classis conform to the Church Order of the CRCNA.