Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) CIII.C.

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 65

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
65

The officebearers of the church shall extend pastoral care to all members of the congregation and to others whenever possible. Home visitation and other methods, such as spiritual mentorship and personal contact, shall be used to encourage them to live by faith, restore those who err in doctrine or life, and comfort and assist those experiencing adversity.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-a

Confessing members who move to another Christian Reformed church or to a church in ecclesiastical fellowship are entitled to a certificate, issued by the council, concerning their doctrine and life. When such certificates of membership are requested, they shall ordinarily be mailed to the church of their new residence.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-b

Baptized members who move to another Christian Reformed church or to a church in ecclesiastical fellowship shall upon proper request be granted a certificate of baptism, to which such notations as are necessary shall be attached. Such certificates shall ordinarily be mailed to the church of their new residence.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 66-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
66-c

Ecclesiastical certificates shall be signed by the president and clerk of the council.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 67

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
67

Members who move to localities where there is no Christian Reformed church and no church in ecclesiastical fellowship may, upon their request, either retain their membership in the church of their former residence, or have their certificates sent to the nearest Christian Reformed church.

— Cf. Supplement, Article 67

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Ubp. Art. 67

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Supplement, Article
67

Rules for Lapsed Membership

1. Synod declares that baptized or confessing members who move away from the area of their church so that a meaningful church relationship is no longer possible, may retain their membership in their home church at their request and with the consent of the consistory. If they fail to make such a request, and do not transfer to a church near them, the consistory, having made serious attempts to rectify the situation, may declare their membership lapsed after a period of two years from the date of their departure. The member concerned shall be notified by the consistory of its action if at all possible. This rule shall not apply to those whose absence from their home is temporary.
2. This regulation shall supersede the rules of 1881 and 1910.

(Acts of Synod 1974, pp. 81-82)

Rules for Lapsing of Nonattending and Nonsupporting Members

Synod decided that with respect to a baptized or confessing member who, for a period of at least two years, has not moved but fails to attend and support the congregation that holds the person’s membership, the consistory may declare that person’s membership has lapsed. This may be done when all the following conditions are present:
a. The person claims to be still committed to the Christian faith.
b. The person claims to be worshiping elsewhere.
c. The consistory is not aware of any public sin requiring discipline.
Appropriate announcements shall be made by the consistory to the congregation regarding such lapsed memberships and the person involved shall be notified.

(Acts of Synod 1976, p. 25)

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 68

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
68

Each church shall keep a complete record of all births, deaths, baptisms, professions of faith, receptions and releases of members, and excommunications and other terminations of membership.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-a

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-a

Consistories shall instruct and admonish those under their spiritual care to marry only in the Lord.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-b

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-b

Christian marriages should be solemnized with appropriate admonitions, promises, and prayers, as provided for in the official form. Marriages may be solemnized either in a worship service or in private gatherings of relatives and friends.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 69-c

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
69-c

Ministers shall not solemnize marriages which would be in conflict with the Word of God.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 70

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
70

Funerals and memorial services within the body of Christ should reflect the confidence of our faith and should be conducted accordingly. Such times provide opportunities to minister love, provide comfort, give instruction, and offer hope to the bereaved.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 71

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
71

The council shall diligently encourage the members of the congregation to establish and maintain good Christian schools in which the biblical, Reformed vision of Christ’s lordship over all creation is clearly taught. The council shall also urge parents to have their children educated in harmony with this vision according to the demands of the covenant.

Kerkorde CRCNA (2010) Art. 72

III. The Task and Activities of the Church

C. Pastoral Care

Article
72

The council shall promote and supervise groups within the congregation for the study of God’s Word, for prayer, and for the enhancement of fellowship, discipleship, and service.