MFCA Process Guide: Part Two, Step Two

THE APPLICATION TO CONSISTORY TO BE TAKEN UNDER THE CARE OF THE CLASSIS

A. The applicant informs the consistory of the church in which his membership is held that he wishes to come under care of the classis. This step should preferably be taken during the year prior to the applicant’s contemplated entrance into seminary (BCO, Chapter 1, Part II, Article 8, Section 1). 

B. The consistory (or the elders) interview the applicant. Form I may be used to facilitate this process (see explanatory note 1 on p. 23). If the 2017 General Synod approves the recommended changes, the role of consistory can also be performed by the classis committee.

C. The consistory recommends one of the following:

1.    That the applicant be taken under the care and supervision of classis as a candidate for ordination in the RCA.

2.    That action on the application be postponed.

3.    That the applicant not be endorsed as a candidate.

D. Having recommended that the applicant come under the care and supervision of classis, the consistory submits the completed Forms I and II, or other relevant background material, to the stated clerk of the classis for referral to the appropriate committee.