I notice that the Regional Synod did not have a representative in the Task Force. I can’t imagine why. Or maybe I can.
If someone from Canada had been on the Task Force, she probably would have explained that collapsing their regional synod and three classes into a single entity would prove impossible.
Indeed, that’s exactly what a Canadian RCA pastor told me last week.
The irony is that having to do that would be the opposite of “missional” in the Task Force sense. It would disconnect the church structure from the peculiar culture and character of Canada. Anyone who has ever lived there understands how distinct Ontario is from the Prairie Provinces and both from BC.
The Canadian churches would have to revert to the very structure they have now, only the new version of the classis will have lost the authority to establish local ministry.
They’d be toast, eh.