Kerkorde RCNZ (1977)

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Office Bearer’s Handbook, fourth edition 2013

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 1

Introduction

Article
1

Purpose of the Church Order

In accordance with the apostolic injunction (1 Cor. 14: 40) that in the Church of Christ all things are to be done decently and in order, the Reformed Churches of New Zealand, in this Church Order, regulate their organisation and activities, so that they may fulfil their calling according to the Scriptures and the Reformed Confessions.
The main subjects treated in this Order are the Church’s Offices, Assemblies, Worship, and Discipline.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HI.

Offices of the Church

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 2

Offices of the Church

Article
2

Two Kinds of Offices

The ordinary and perpetual offices of the Church, as instituted by the authority of Christ for the Church, may be classified under two heads, as Elders and Deacons.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 3

Offices of the Church

Article
3

Eligibility for Office

Only Communicant Members of the Church who meet the biblical requirements for office-bearers are eligible for office. No one shall hold and exercise an office in the Church without a lawful call and ordination or installation.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 4

Offices of the Church

Article
4

Legal Call to the Office

The call to an office shall be executed by the session as follows:
1. Prior to making nomination, the session shall ordinarily give the congregation an opportunity to place names in nomination.
2. From these names and/or nominations made by the session, twice the number to be elected shall ordinarily be presented to the congregation.
3. The names of those being presented by the session shall be announced to the congregation on two successive Lord's Days to allow for lawful objections.
4. After prayer the election by the congregation shall take place under supervision of the session.
5. The right to vote shall be limited to communicant members in good standing.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 5

Offices of the Church

Article
5

Ordination/Installation

All office-bearers shall be ordained or installed in public worship services with the use of the prescribed forms.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 6

Offices of the Church

Article
6

Duration of Office

Elders and Deacons shall ordinarily serve a term of three years or more, according to local regulations.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 7

Offices of the Church

Article
7

Re-election or Extension of Office

Retiring Elders and Deacons shall be succeeded by others unless the circumstances and the well-being of any church render re-election or extension of time advisable.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 8

Offices of the Church

Article
8

Installation Only

When any office-bearer has already been ordained, upon re-election to the same office, he shall be installed only.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 9

Offices of the Church

Article
9

Form of Subscription

When office-bearers are ordained or installed, they shall be required to sign the Synodically accepted Form of Subscription.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIa.

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) 10

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
10

Who Is Eligible for Call

The following shall be eligible for call as Ministers of the Word and Sacraments:
1. Those who have followed the Synodically prescribed course of study, and have subsequently been declared candidates by Presbytery;1
2. Those who are already in the ministry of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand or a sister-church;
3. Ministers of other denominations who have been declared eligible for call by Presbytery;
4. Those who have been declared candidates according to Article 12 of this Church Order.


1 Theological candidates are eligible for call who have successfully completed the prescribed course of study at the Reformed Theological College, Geelong, Australia, or its equivalent (Acts 1989, Art. 19.b).

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 11

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
11

Colloquium Doctum

No Minister shall be received from any other denomination without a colloquium doctum prior to his installation (a colloquium doctum is understood to be a thorough investigation of the theological training and ministerial record and a careful examination regarding soundness in the Reformed Faith, exemplariness of life, and motives for seeking the ministry in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand).2


2 The colloquium doctum for ministers coming from sister-churches is to be understood as not being the equivalent of a final examination, but is to focus on soundness of doctrine, sanctity of life and knowledge and appreciation of the practice and usage of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand (Acts 1989, Art. 19.d).

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 12

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
12

Exemptions in the Case of Exceptional Gifts

Persons who have not pursued the regular study in preparation for the ministry of the Word shall not be admitted to the ministry, unless there is assurance of their exceptional gifts, godliness, humility, modesty, common sense and discretion, as also gifts of public address.
When such persons present themselves for the ministry, the Presbytery, with the consent of Synod, shall first examine them, and further deal with them as it shall deem edifying, according to the general regulations of the Churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 13

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
13

Credentials Necessary to Move Elsewhere

A minister once lawfully called may not leave the congregation with which he is connected to accept a call elsewhere, without the consent of the session and knowledge of the Presbytery.
Likewise, no other church may receive him until he has presented a proper certificate of dismissal from the Church and the Presbytery where he served.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 14

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
14

Proper Support, No Rash Dismissal

The session, as representing the congregation, shall provide for the proper support of its ministers and shall not dismiss them from service without the knowledge and approbation of the Presbytery and Synodical Examiners.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 15

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
15

Secular Vocation

Ministers of the Word may not enter upon a secular vocation except for such weighty reasons as shall receive the approval of Presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 16

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
16

Leave of Absence

A minister who for weighty reasons desires a temporary release from service to the congregation must have his application for release approved by his session, which continues to have supervision over him.

Art. “16B” (Acts of Synod 2005, Art.99 section 5).
a. A minister who is not eligible for retirement or worthy of discipline may for weighty reasons be released from service in a congregation through action initiated by himself or by his session. Such release shall be given only with the approval of presbytery, with concurring advice of the synodical examiners, and in accordance with synodical regulations.
b. The session shall provide for the support of a released minister in such a way and for such a time as shall receive the approval of presbytery.
c. A minister of the Word who has been released from service in a congregation shall be eligible for call for a period of two years, after which time the presbytery, with the concurring advice of the synodical examiners, shall declare him to be released from ministerial office.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 17

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
17

Emeriti Ministers’ Title Retained

Ministers who by reason of sickness or otherwise are rendered incapable of performing the duties of their office, shall nevertheless retain the honour and title of a Minister, and the Church which they have served shall provide honourably for them (likewise, for the orphans and widows of ministers) out of the common fund of the churches, according to the general regulations of the churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 18

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
18

Preaching Elsewhere Without Consent

A minister shall not be permitted to conduct worship services in the locality of a Reformed Church other than his own without the consent of the session of that church.
A minister shall not conduct a worship service in a non-sister church without informing the session of the local Reformed Church.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 19

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
19

Duties in Regular Service

The task of the minister is: to expound the Holy Scriptures, to vindicate sound doctrine against heresies and errors, to administer the sacraments, to continue in prayer, to watch over his brethren, the elders and deacons as well as the congregation, to catechise the youth, and with the other elders to exercise church discipline and to see to it that everything is done decently and in order.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 20

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
20

Licensed Students to Exhort in Public

Only students who are licensed according to Synodical regulations shall be permitted to exhort in the public worship services.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 21

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
21

Students Conducting Worship Services

Students who have received permission, according to the rule in this matter, and persons who have, according to Article 12, been judged competent to be prepared for the Ministry of the Word, shall, for their own training and for the sake of becoming known to the congregations, be allowed to conduct worship services under proper supervision.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 22

Offices of the Church

Ministers of the Word

Article
22

Christian Education

The Session shall encourage the parents to make every possible effort that the children of believers receive proper Christian education and catechetical instruction.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIb.

Offices of the Church

Ruling Elders

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 23

Offices of the Church

Ruling Elders

Article
23

Duties of Elders

The task of the elders is to rule in the name of the ascended King, and as servants of the great Shepherd, care for the flock.
They shall therefore: ensure that the Gospel is preached every Sunday, see to it that the Sacraments are faithfully administered, exercise Christian discipline, resist false doctrine and error, visit the members of the congregation at least annually in order that they may comfort, instruct and encourage each one according to need, visit the sick and the bereaved, promote evangelism, see to it that everything is done decently and in order and that their fellow office-bearers faithfully discharge their respective offices, having particular regard to the doctrine and conduct of the Minister of the Word.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIc.

Offices of the Church

Deacons

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 24

Offices of the Church

Deacons

Article
24

Duties of Deacons

The task of the deacons is: to diligently collect alms and other contributions of charity, to faithfully and diligently distribute the same to the poor as their needs may require after mutual counsel, to visit and comfort the distressed, to encourage the congregation to show Christian mercy to those in need at home and abroad, to render an account to the session.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HII.

Assemblies of the Church

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 25

Assemblies of the Church

Article
25

Three Kinds of Assemblies

The assemblies of the church are: the Session, the Presbytery, and the Synod.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 26

Assemblies of the Church

Article
26

Legal Matters to Consider

In major assemblies only such matters shall be dealt with as could not be determined in minor assemblies: or such as pertain to the churches of the major assembly in common.
In all assemblies only ecclesiastical matters shall be dealt with.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 27

Assemblies of the Church

Article
27

Decisions by Common Consent Preferred

Decisions of ecclesiastical assemblies shall be reached only upon due consideration and whenever possible by common consent; if unanimity on an issue cannot be reached, the minority shall abide by the judgment of the majority.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 28

Assemblies of the Church

Article
28

Appeal to Major Assemblies

If any one complains that he has been wronged by the decision of a minor assembly, he shall have the right to appeal to a major assembly.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 29

Assemblies of the Church

Article
29

Compliance on Matters of Conscience

Assemblies may not compel compliance on the part of a minority in matters of conscience not clearly defined in the Word of God and the Forms of Unity.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 30

Assemblies of the Church

Article
30

Devotionals

All assemblies shall begin and end their sessions with prayer.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 31

Assemblies of the Church

Article
31

Credentials and Instructions

Those who are delegated to the assemblies shall bring with them their credentials and instructions, signed by those sending them, and they shall have a vote in all matters, except such as particularly concern their own persons or churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 32

Assemblies of the Church

Article
32

Advisory Members

All office-bearers may be seated at major assemblies as advisory members, but only those delegated shall have the right to vote.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 33

Assemblies of the Church

Article
33

Duty of the Clerk

In all assemblies there shall be not only a Moderator, but also a Clerk to keep a faithful record of all important matters.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 34

Assemblies of the Church

Article
34

Duties of the Moderator

The task of the Moderator is to state and explain the business to be transacted, and to see that good order is maintained. In the case of major assemblies this function shall cease when the assembly is dismissed.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 35

Assemblies of the Church

Article
35

Authority of Major Assemblies

Each assembly exercises, in keeping with its own character and domain, the ecclesiastical authority entrusted to the Church by Christ; the authority of sessions being original, that of major assemblies being delegated.
The Presbytery has the same authority over the Session as the Synod has over the Presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIIa.

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 36

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
36

Constituency of Session

In all churches there shall be a session, composed of elders (ruling and teaching) who shall meet regularly according to local regulations, but at least once a month.
According to local regulations, the deacons may meet with the session and shall invariably do so whenever the total number of elders is less than three.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 37

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
37

Formation of a Session

In places where the session is to be constituted for the first time, this shall only take place with the advice of the Presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 38

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
38

Where There Is No Session

Where as yet no session can be constituted, groups of believers shall be placed under the care of a neighbouring session.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 39

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
39

Vacant Church Counsellor

When a church is without a minister, the session shall request presbytery to designate a minister of a neighbouring church as counsellor. The session shall consult the counsellor on all important matters, especially regarding the calling of a minister. The counsellor shall attend the session meetings whenever requested to do so.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 40

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
40

Meetings of Deacons

The deacons shall meet regularly according to local regulations but at least once per month to transact the business pertaining to their office.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 41

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
41

Cooperation of the Congregation

The session, besides seeking the co-operation of the congregation in the election of office-bearers, may also invite its judgment about other matters, except those which pertain to the supervision and discipline of the congregation.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 42

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
42

Congregational Meeting

The session shall call a meeting at least annually of all members entitled to vote. Such a meeting shall be conducted by the session.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 43

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
43

Authority Remains with the Session

Although full consideration shall be given to the judgment expressed by the congregation, the authority of making and carrying out final decisions remains with the session as the governing body of the Church.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 44

Assemblies of the Church

Session

Article
44

Congregational Judgment on Property

In matters of acquiring and disposing of property, the session shall not act against the judgment expressed by the majority of the congregation.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIIb.

Assemblies of the Church

Presbytery

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 45

Assemblies of the Church

Presbytery

Article
45

Constituency of Presbytery

The presbytery meetings shall consist of neighbouring churches that respectively delegate, with proper credentials, at least two office-bearers (ordinarily a minister and an elder) to meet at such time and place as was determined at the previous presbytery meeting.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 46

Assemblies of the Church

Presbytery

Article
46

Regularity of Meetings

Presbytery meetings shall ordinarily be held at least once in four months.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 47

Assemblies of the Church

Presbytery

Article
47

The Task of Presbytery

At least annually the moderator shall present the following questions to the delegates of each church:
1. Are the session meetings regularly held in your church and are they held according to the needs of the congregation?
2. Are all the office-bearers individually and collectively striving earnestly to serve the congregation?
3. Is church discipline faithfully exercised?
4. Does the session diligently promote the cause of Christian education (including Christian day schools)?
5. Does the session diligently promote the cause of missions, both at home and abroad?
6. Does the session seek presbytery’s advice on any matter?

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 48

Assemblies of the Church

Presbytery

Article
48

Church Visitation

Presbytery shall make provision for church visitation at least once per year. Each church shall be visited by two elders (one of whom shall ordinarily be a minister). The synodically approved questionnaire shall be followed in general and a report of each visit rendered to presbytery (Acts of Synod 2008, Art. 114).

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIIc.

Assemblies of the Church

Synod

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 49

Assemblies of the Church

Synod

Article
49

Constituency and Meetings of Synod

The churches shall meet in General Synod at least once every three years.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 50

Assemblies of the Church

Synod

Article
50

The Calling Church

At the close of each synod the time and place of the next synod shall be fixed and a particular church designated to convene it. The calling church, by request of a majority of the other churches, may reset the time and/or place.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 51

Assemblies of the Church

Synod

Article
51

Synodical Committees

Synod shall appoint such committees as it deems expedient to execute its decisions.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 52

Assemblies of the Church

Synod

Article
52

Delegates to Synod

Each church shall be represented in Synod by two elders (one of whom shall ordinarily be a minister). Under exceptional circumstances one delegate may be a deacon.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIII.

Supervision of Public Worship

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 53

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
53

The Call to Corporate Worship

The session shall call the congregation for corporate worship ordinarily twice on the Lord’s Day. Corporate worship services on other days than the Lord’s Day are left to the freedom of the churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 54

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
54

Supervision of Worship Services

The worship services shall be conducted under the supervision of the session and shall be in keeping with synodical regulations.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 55

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
55

Sermons for Reading Services

In reading services only sermons approved by the sessions shall be used.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 56

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
56

Exposition of Confessional Standards

Ordinarily at one of the services on each Lord’s day the Word shall be expounded as summarised in the Confessional Standards.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 57

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
57

The Administration of the Sacraments

The sacraments shall be administered by the authority of the session in a public worship service (ordinarily by a minister of the Word) with the use of the prescribed forms.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 58

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
58

Baptism

The Covenant of God shall be sealed by Holy Baptism unto children of believers, including children legally adopted by members of the congregation. The session shall see to it that baptism is requested and administered as soon as feasible.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 59

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
59

Public Profession of Faith

Members by baptism and adults who have not been baptised shall be admitted to communicant membership upon public profession of faith with the use of the prescribed form. Before the profession of faith, the session shall examine them concerning motives, doctrine and conduct. Those who have not been baptised, shall receive holy baptism upon profession of faith.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 60

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
60

Certificates of Membership

Communicant members coming from other Reformed Churches of New Zealand shall be admitted to communicant membership upon the presentation of certificates of membership attesting their soundness in doctrine and life. The same rule shall apply to those coming from other denominations with which the Reformed Churches of New Zealand maintain sister church relationships.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 61

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
61

Guests at the Lord’s Table

Persons belonging to denominations other than sister churches may be admitted as guests at the Lord’s Table only if the session has ascertained that they profess the true religion and walk uprightly.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 62

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
62

Admitting Members from Non-sister Churches

Persons coming from denominations other than sister churches shall be admitted to communicant membership only after the session has examined them concerning doctrine and conduct.
The session shall determine in each case whether or not public profession of faith shall be required.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 63

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
63

Lawful Objections to Profession of Faith Candidates

The names of those who wish to make a public profession of faith shall be announced to the congregation at least one Lord’s Day beforehand, so that lawful objections may be raised, should any exist.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 64

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
64

Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper shall be administered at least once every three months.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 65

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
65

Marriages and Funerals

Ministers shall not solemnise any marriage which is not approved beforehand by the session of the church. Upon request, the session should provide for the preaching of the Word of God at the funeral of deceased members of the congregation (Acts of Synod 2011, Art 124-7).

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 66

Supervision of Public Worship

Article
66

Psalms and Hymns

In the worship services of the church only the 150 Psalms and the collection of Hymns for church use, approved and adopted by Synod, shall be sung.
However, while the singing of Psalms in divine worship is a requirement, the use of the approved hymns is left to the freedom of the churches.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIV.

Christian Discipline

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 67

Christian Discipline

Article
67

The Purpose of Discipline

The purpose of Christian discipline is:
1. To vindicate the honour of the Lord,
2. To maintain the purity of the Church, and
3. To promote the welfare of the believer.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 68

Christian Discipline

Article
68

Who Is Subject to Christian Discipline

All members of the church are subject to Christian discipline respecting both doctrine and life. Likewise, all members are responsible to watch over and admonish one another in love.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 69

Christian Discipline

Article
69

The Means of Christian Discipline

Christian discipline is exercised exclusively by spiritual means, which are:
1. Admonition: Tenderly and solemnly confronting the offender with his sin, warning him of his danger and exhorting him to repentance and to greater fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. Rebuke: A form of censure more severe than admonition, which consists in setting forth the serious character of the offence, reproving the offender, and exhorting him to repentance and to more perfect fidelity to Christ.
3. Suspension: Depriving of the privileges of membership in the church, or office, or of both, either for a definite or an indefinite time.
Suspension of an officer-bearer from the privileges of membership shall always be accompanied by suspension from office, but the latter does not necessarily involve the former.
4. Deposition: Depriving an office-bearer of his office.
5. Excommunication: A solemn declaration by a church assembly that it no longer regards the offender as a member of the Body of Christ.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 70

Christian Discipline

Article
70

Disciplinary Steps only after Investigation

Disciplinary measures shall be applied only after an adequate investigation has been made and the accused has been given ample opportunity to present his case.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 71

Christian Discipline

Article
71

Private and Public Offenses

Christian discipline is concerned with offenses that are either private or public.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 72

Christian Discipline

Article
72

Private Offenses

Private offenses are those which are known to an individual only or, at most, to a very few individuals. In these cases the rule prescribed by Christ in Matthew 18: 15-17 shall be followed.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 73

Christian Discipline

Article
73

Public Offenses

Such private sins as have been dealt with according to the previous article shall be deemed to have assumed the character of public offenses if the admonition and rebuke of the Session also is despised.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 74

Christian Discipline

Article
74

What is a Public Offence

Public offenses are such as have become widely known.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 75

Christian Discipline

Article
75

Reconciliation of the Offender

Public offenses shall be reconciled by the session upon sufficient evidence of repentance. In case of extremely grave offence a session may demand public confession of the sin. This shall not take place without the concurrence of presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 76

Christian Discipline

Article
76

Suspension of Members

Communicant members who obstinately reject the admonition and rebuke of session shall be suspended from the privileges of communicant membership.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 77

Christian Discipline

Article
77

Excommunication of Members

Communicant members who have been suspended and persist in disregarding the admonition and rebuke of the session, shall finally be excommunicated with the use of the prescribed form.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 78

Christian Discipline

Article
78

Announcement before Excommunication

The session, before excommunicating anyone, shall make three announcements in which the obstinacy of the sinner and the nature of his offence are explained, and the congregation is urged to pray for him and to admonish him.
1. In the first announcement neither the name of the sinner nor the sin shall be mentioned;
2. In the second announcement (with the concurrence of the presbytery) the name of the sinner and the sin shall be made known;
3. In the third announcement, the congregation shall be informed that, unless the sinner repents, he will be excommunicated at a specified date.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 79

Christian Discipline

Article
79

Reconciliation of the Excommunicant

When anyone who has been excommunicated desires to become reconciled to the church, the session, having satisfied itself as to the sincerity of his repentance, shall announce this fact to the congregation. If no valid objections are presented, he shall be restored to the fellowship of the church, with the use of the prescribed form.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 80

Christian Discipline

Article
80

Rebuke of Baptised Members

Mature members by baptism who are delinquent in doctrine or life, shall be rebuked, and if they persist, shall be excluded from the Church of Christ.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 81

Christian Discipline

Article
81

Return into the Membership of Baptised Members

Members by baptism who have been excluded from the church and who later repent of their sin, shall be received again into the church only upon public profession of faith.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 82

Discipline of Office-bearers

Article
82

Suspension and Deposition from Office

Office-bearers, besides being subject to general discipline with all other members of the church, are also subject to special discipline which consists of suspension and deposition from office.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HIVa.

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 83

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Article
83

Special Discipline of Office-Bearers

Special discipline shall be applied to office-bearers if they violate the form of subscription, are guilty of neglect or abuse of office or in any other way seriously deviate from sound doctrine and godly conduct.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 84

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Article
84

Concurrence of Suspension from Nearest Session

Suspension from office shall ordinarily precede deposition and shall be imposed by the session only with concurrence of the session of the nearest church in the same presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 85

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Article
85

Deposition with Concurrence of Presbytery

If the suspended office-bearer does not give heed to repeated admonition and rebuke on the part of both the session and the presbytery, the session shall depose him with the concurrence of presbytery.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 86

Discipline of Office-bearers

Article
86

Deposition of a Minister

In case of a minister such a deposition shall not take place without the consent of presbytery and all the synodical examiners.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 87

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Article
87

Suspension Lifted upon Repentance

The suspension of an office-bearer shall be lifted either upon sufficient evidence of repentance or by successful appeal.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 88

Discipline of Office-bearers

Article
88

Prerogative of Assembly

The lifting of suspension upon sufficient evidence of repentance is the prerogative of the assembly which imposed the suspension.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 89

Discipline of Office-bearers

Article
89

Restoration of Deposed Office-Bearer

A deposed office-bearer shall not be restored unless he gives sufficient evidence of repentance and it be evident that this restoration will be for the good of the church.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 90

Christian Discipline

Discipline of Office-Bearers

Article
90

Censura Morum

Office-bearers shall, before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, exercise Christian censure (censura morum) among themselves and in a brotherly spirit admonish one another with regard to the discharge of their office.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) HV.

Administration

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 91

Administration

Article
91

Certificate of Membership

Communicant members who move to another Reformed Church are entitled to a certificate, issued by the session, concerning their doctrine and life.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 92

Administration

Article
92

Who Receives the Certificate

Certificates of membership shall ordinarily be given to the member concerned, and in addition, a notice shall be sent to the church nearest to their residence.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 93

Administration

Article
93

Certificate of Membership by Baptism

Members by baptism who move to another Reformed Church shall be granted a certificate of membership by baptism, to which such notations as are necessary shall be attached. Such certificates shall, as a rule, be mailed to the church of their residence.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 94

Administration

Article
94

Those Who Move without Requesting a Certificate

In cases of communicant members and members by baptism, who move to another area without requesting a certificate, notice shall be sent to the nearest Reformed Church.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 95

Administration

Article
95

Lording over One Another

No church shall in any way lord it over another church and no office-bearer shall lord it over another office-bearer.

Kerkorde RCNZ (1977) Art. 96

Administration

Article
96

Revision of the Church Order

This Church Order, having been adopted by common consent, shall be faithfully observed, and any revision thereof shall be made only by Synod.