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What is a classis?

A classis is a group of churches within a geographical area. It 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 and an elder (and in some cases a deacon) from each congregation are delegated to attend each classis meeting.

There are 47 classes in the CRC, 11 in Canada and 35 in the United States, and one with congregations on both sides of the border. The classes are grouped into 12 regions.