Assemblies of the SRC

There are four different assemblies that govern ministry within the SRC: consistory, classis, regional synod, and General Synod.

Oversees a congregation

  • Guides the ministry of the church to meet needs in the community and the world
  • Calls ministers to serve the church
  • Provides worship for the spiritual benefit of God’s people

Elders and deacons elected by the congregation and the congregation’s installed minister(s)

Oversees consistories and ministers within its bounds

  • Ordains, installs, and oversees ministers; commissions and oversees commissioned pastors; every SRC minister of Word and sacrament or commissioned pastor is under the care of a classis
  • Receives new congregations and organizes them as local churches
  • Oversees students who are studying to become ministers in the SRC

Ministers who are members of the classis and elder delegates from churches in the classis

Oversees classes in a region

  • Oversees interests and concerns of the classes within its bounds
  • Creates programs to further the work of the gospel and denomination in the region

Minister and elder delegates from the classes

Oversees ministry of the denomination

  • Sets the direction and tone for denominational ministry
  • Exercises authority in all matters relating to denominational programs and policies

Elders and ministers representing each classis and regional synod