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Worship Leader, Exeter, Calif.

Exeter Church of God is seeking a volunteer worship leader, which will be paid as the church grows. Please email larrylind@att.net to inquire.

Youth Pastor/Worship Leader, Hattieburg, Miss.

Destiny Church is looking for a youth pastor and a worship leader (who will work under the Worship Pastor). The desire to love and lead youth and catch vision is a must. Also, must be able to lead music from guitar or piano. This person must be energetic, outgoing and self-motivating. This is a part-time position with housing provided with full-time possibilities as the church grows based on this person's vision, commitment and experience. Resume and references required. Please inquire at donhooper125@comcast.net.

Student Ministry Director, Knoxville, Tenn.

Park West Church is seeking a Student Minsitry Director for their Dutch Valley campus.This position at present would have a focus on our children's ministry with a goal of being able to oversee ministry through college. Candidates will possess good leadership skills and abilities in order to train and manage other volunteer leaders. Please email paul@parkwest.org to inquire.

Worship Pastor, Gadsden, Ala.

The Noccalula Church of God will be potentially having an opening for a Worship Pastor. The ideal candidate will need proficient knowledge with ProPresenter 6, sound systems, leading choir, leading musicians, and most of all, loving the people. Our church currently has two Sunday Morning services at 9:30am and 11:00am, and also Sunday evening at 6:00pm. The 9:30am service is taken care of by a praise team and is contemporary based. The candidate will be responsible for the 11:00am service and 6:00pm service which are both traditional based, but open to some contemporary. The candidate will also be responsible for facilitating weekly practices with the choir and musicians separately. Our church is full of talented musicians and singers, but they require a leader. The band includes a pianist, organist, bass player, and drummer. The candidate being a musician is a plus, but not required. Please send your resume to robby.draper17@gmail.com or call (256) 663-0290.

Creative/Technical Director, Saraland, Ala.

Destination Church is seeking a Media/Technical Director (MTD), who would be responsible for all creative and social elements for Destination Church including social media, online platforms, app, printed media, graphics, videography,  streaming, and production elements. MTD will be responsible for leading and developing creative teams including, graphic design, photography, videography, lighting, sound, and streaming. MTD will also be responsible for building and encouraging teams in those specific areas.

Responsibilities:
-Manage all social media accounts including posts, messages, (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
-Manage and maintain all content on website, and app
-Create graphic content for all series, announcements, events, bumper videos, banners, billboards, print publishing, etc.
-Recording and Editing of weekly announcement videos, promotional videos, sermon videos for publication, weekly bumpers, etc.
-Ensure production elements for services including graphic content, videos, announcements, song lyrics, sermon notes, lower thirds, etc.
-Any responsibilities expressed by the Senior Pastor

Contact:
Destination Church
Kyle Wilson - Worship Pastor
kyle@destinationchurch.tv 
251.675.5965

Childen’s Pastor/Leader, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church of God is a multi-cultural church located in Stroudsburg Borough, nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania.  We are only 70 miles west of New York City and less than 100 miles north of Philadelphia.  We are looking for an individual or couple to be our Children’s ministry leader/pastor.  The responsibilities include but are not limited to:
–  Oversee all programming and ministry for children ages birth – 6th grade, including Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, summer programming, special events, etc.…
–  Choose and prepare curriculum for each program and each age level.
–  Create environments, activities and programming for each age group that will facilitate learning and encourage spiritual growth.
–  Recruit, train, schedule and lead teams of volunteers.
–   Maintain a strategy for reaching and assimilating new children and families.
–   Plan and oversee special events such as VBS, Fall Festival, Christmas & Easter Specials etc.…
A credentialed Church of God minister is preferred, but not necessary.  This position is a bi-vocational position.  We understand that many people desire to be paid, but our budget does not allow that now.  We hope someone will answer this ad who understands and is more than willing to financially support themselves and their family with jobs outside the church.   If interested, please email us at lighthousefgcog@gmail.com Check our website too:  www.lighthousefgcog.org  Thank you…  

Children’s Director, Tifton, Ga.

UGCLife is seeking someone to provide leadership, vision, and direction that creates a life giving atmosphere of vibrant and enticing discipleship and evangelism for the children, parents, and children’s ministry team of UGCLife.  The Children’s Pastor will manage the church-wide direction of UGCLife Kids.  This oversight includes direct responsibility for UGCLife Kids, UGCLife Preschool, UGCLife Family Check-in, and the development of family small groups.

  II.  Experience and Knowledge Required:

·      Ability to communicate the Gospel through various means to children at various ages.

·      Leadership background and experience serving with kids.  Heart for children and parents.

·      Proven ability to lead staff and Dream Team.

·      Project management experience.

·      Ability to articulate and implement the vision of UGCLife.

·      Exceptional leadership and communication skills.

·      Superior interpersonal skills working with a variety of people from Dream Team members to parents to kids.

·      Solid theological grounding and creativity in kids’ ministry curriculum development.

·      Positive attitude and positive approach to problem solving.  Must be solution oriented.    

·      Computer competency in Pro Presenter, Microsoft Office, etc.

·      Strong organizational and time management skills and pursuit of excellence through attention to detail.

      I.                  Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

·      Oversee and organize children’s ministry across all UGCLife campuses.

·      Develop and oversee implementation of policies throughout all locations and enforce compliance.

·      Formulate children’s ministry facility standards for existing and new campuses.

·      Develop integrated training processes for nursery, preschool, kids, and special needs ministry leaders and Dream Team members.

·      Work closely with ministry leaders at each campus and analyze effectiveness of programming and adjust as needed.

·      Lead and build teams to execute all aspects of children’s ministry for weekend services.

·      Recruit, develop and train high quality leaders for staff and Dream team roles.

·      Consistent communication with key leaders and parents.

·      Develop healthy community among parents and equip parents for discipleship through Sunday and small group experience.

·      Oversee all aspects of department administration to include: P.O. processing, budget forecasting, purchasing, departmental account tracking, and Human Resource needs.

·      Responsible for recruiting volunteers: interviewing process, staff training, ­Dream Team recruitment.

·      Help develop and maintain all security standards.

·      Track growth for future development.

·      Oversee and develop the Sunday experience for all children.

·      Develop curriculum for children that reflects the teaching of UGCLife.

·      Oversee special event planning to include Easter Egg Hunt, Summer VBS, & Dream Team appreciation events.

·      Oversee quality of services and function at main campus.

·      Function as the liaison for the department to the pastoral staff.

·      Fulfill pastoral duties including counseling, baptism, communion, hospital visitation, and general pastoral care.

·      Lead department meetings and empower staff to fulfill their unique roles.

·      Oversee and develop all internal and external communication that represents the UGCLife Kids department.

·      Maintain strong communication and relationship with pastoral staff to ensure the vision of the Senior Pastor is implemented in all aspects of family ministry.

·      Supervisor Responsibilities:

-      All UGCLife Kids Dream Team members.  This includes Sunday and Wednesday experiences.

    II.         Attributes:

·      Positive attitude

·      Heart of a servant

·      Fun/enjoyable

·      Loyal

·      Must share the vision of UGCLife to fulfill the Great Commission with integrity and passion

 This is a full time paid position.  The compensation will be based upon experience and will be discussed further in the interview process. To inquire, please email pastorjamie.ugclife@gmail.com.

Student Pastor, Rainbow City, Ala.

CITY CHURCH in Gadsden, Ala. is seeking a Student Pastor qualified to contribute to a vibrant church body and established youth ministry. This is a full-time paid position. CITY CHURCH has a building designated for students and great camaraderie with the area schools. Candidate should be a Spirit-filled self-starter with a strong passion for reaching students and at least basic knowledge of lighting and media. Serious inquiries only. Please email office@citychurchrbc.com for more information or to submit a resume.

Student Pastor, Greenville, Miss.

Impact Church is a contemporary church in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Our mission at Impact Church is to give people who are far from God the opportunity to know him and to make Him known.

Our focus is on ministries that offer healing, mending, and restoration. We desire to be a vessel of God's love and mercy as we minister to those who have been broken by the weight of sin and bondage. We strive to be authentic in our walk, in our worship, and in our relationships.

Greenville is full of culture, it has a rich history, and it is a great place to live. It's only a short 2 hour drive to our state capital in Jackson, a 2 hour drive to Little Rock, ARK., and only a 3 hour drive to historic Memphis, TN.

We are currently seeking a student pastor and are offering a part time salary. We have had a full-time student pastor recently and we hope to make this a full time position soon. Currently, our student ministry is in a place of rebuilding. It has ran as high as 125 students with active bus ministry, but we only have 20 students currently active. However, we already have connections with local schools. We just need someone to come in who feels called to pastor students. We have vans available for a potential van ministry, an updated student sanctuary, and a gymnasium that can be used for student ministry. There is also a team of adults ready to step in and serve alongside the student pastor.

What is expected? The student pastor will be responsible for weekly student services, monthly small groups, and staying connected to students through campus presence. We understand that there are challenges being a part time student pastor. We want to work with someone to help them do student ministry well while also holding a secular job.

Ministerial credentials are welcomed, but not required.

What is required:
1. Applicant must be passionate about Jesus.
2. Applicant must be transparent.
3. Applicant must be able to work as part of a team.
4. Applicant must love students.
5. Applicant must be teachable.
6. Applicant must be able to connect with students from all walks of life.

Impact Church is not for everyone. We are not traditional in our approaches to ministry. We are in the process of revitalizing a church full of people that love Jesus. Our main concern is people. We love them, we help them, we offer grace to them, and we make a place for them because we are them. We are a church full of people that want a genuine relationship with Jesus. We don't want a show. We are not interested in doing church for the sake of doing church. We are not perfect, but we are a family of faith determined to allow the love of God to unify people who normally would never be connected. We are a melting pot of older saints, empty nesters, and young adults. We are not hung up on dress. The pastor may show up on Sunday in a suit (very rarely a tie) and the next week he may preach in a button down shirt and jeans. We are more concerned with clean hearts than an expensive outfit. If this sounds like a place that you would like to know more about, we'd love to talk with you.

First, check out our website. www.impactcog.org

Second, go to Facebook and check out our Facebook page. This is where you will get a much better feel for the church culture on a week to week basis. You'll find sermon graphics, events,and Live services that will help you see our church in a more holistic way.
https://www.facebook.com/impactchurchgreenville/

Lastly, you may want to check out our pastor's Facebook account.
https://www.facebook.com/jae.smith87

Once you've looked through those things, we'd love to hear from you. You can e-mail Pastor Jae with your resume at jae_smith87@yahoo.com . Please include references.

Worship Leader, Lady Lake, Fla.

Family Community Church is looking for a new worship leader.  We are a growing church looking to expand our music ministry.  The ability to play either piano or guitar to help in leading the worship team is a must.  
This will start out as a part time position with the ability to grown into a full time position. Please contact Aaron.LHCOG@gmail.com for more information or to inquire. 

Discipleship/Small Group Pastor, Asheboro, N.C.

The Discipleship / Small Group Pastor will support the Senior Pastor, Pastoral Staff, Elders, lay leadership, and volunteers of Sunset Avenue Church of God (SACOG) to fulfill its mission to:

Declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Discover the truths of Scripture and their application for everyday living.
Develop mature disciples in pursuit of Christ-likeness.
Deploy disciples into active ministry, in the home, the church, the community, and the world.
Delight in the Lord, knowing that our deepest pleasure is found in a lifestyle of worship.

To accomplish these goals, the Discipleship / Small Group Pastor will work with Ministry Staff and volunteers to both explore ways to improve and expand existing program areas as well as develop and implement comprehensive new ministry strategies.

The following description is meant to be a guideline whereby the Discipleship / Small Groups Pastor can understand expectations.

Qualifications
1. Degree in Discipleship Ministries or Christian Education is desired, however, equivalent experience would be considered.
2. Should have a minimum of five years experience involving discipleship and small group development preferably in a church with 300+ average attendance. Must have a record of proven performance.
3. Must be able to relate to and work closely with the Senior Pastor in executing his vision for the church.
4. Must be a strategic thinker and leader with proven history of consensus and team building. This position will require extensive interaction with both Ministry Staff and laypeople and will require excellent interpersonal skills.  
5. Must have the gift of teaching.
6. Must be able to communicate effectively and compassionately both orally and in writing with individuals and groups. Since this position will require interaction with others ranging from one-on-one consultation to presentations to large groups, a professional appearance and the ability to communicate well is essential.
7. Must be able to work with standard electronic media including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, and similar word processing and presentation hardware and software.
8. Must meet Biblical qualifications for Church leadership and support the Doctrines of The Church of God as outlined in its Statement Of Faith, as well as the Articles Of Incorporation, By-Laws, and the Policies And Procedures Manual of Sunset Avenue Church Of God.
9. Must have a clean criminal and driving record (excluding minor traffic violations) and be prepared to authorize release of information for background and criminal records checks.

General Responsibilities
The Discipleship/Small Group Pastor will be responsible for working with adults to provide opportunities for growing as Disciples of Jesus Christ. In partnership with the Pastoral Staff, Elders and Adult Leaders (Teachers & Ministry Directors) they are responsible for:
1. Researching, planning, developing and obtaining curriculum, equipment and supplies needed to support Adult Discipleship and Small Group Ministry.
2. Identifying, recruiting, training, equipping, supporting and counseling qualified teachers and leaders of Small Groups.
3. Selecting, developing, preparing, and presenting pastoral and volunteer leaders with training materials as needed.
4. Staying abreast of current discipleship development methods and implement/modify as needed
5. Encouraging participation in Sunday School, Family Training Hour or various Bible Studies during the week and joining a Small Group.
6. Developing new groups as needed. (Bible Study & Small Groups)
7. Communicating and promoting Adult Discipleship opportunities.
8. Guiding and equipping adults to deploy into active ministry in the home, the community, the church and world.
9. Assisting Adults in viewing vocation in daily life as a vital part of their discipleship obedience.
10. Will oversee and coordinate with the Ministry Directors of Connection Ministries, Ladies Ministries, Senior Adult & Widow Ministries.
11. Assisting the Senior Pastor and Pastoral Staff in developing curriculum of study based on sermon series.
12. Planning and preparing budget for Adult Discipleship and Small Groups

Additionally, the Discipleship / Small Groups Pastor will contribute to the establishment of strategy, philosophy, and direction of the church.  They will establish and maintain Policies and Procedures concerning the operation of Adult Discipleship / Small Groups to include appropriately communicating direction and the mentoring of volunteer leaders.

Pastoral & Administrative Responsibilities
1. Maintain a constant pastoral presence within the body of Sunset Avenue
2. Perform weddings, funerals and baptisms, as needed
3. Able to represent the Senior Pastor in his absence
4. Shepherd Adults
5. Expand and develop Adult Discipleship
6. Catalyze the design and development of new adult ministries
7. Execute and facilitate the directives of the Senior Pastor
8. Other duties as assigned by the Senior Pastor
9. When requested by the Senior Pastor, Personnel Committee or Elders, submit reports which detail the status of ministry area including strengths and weaknesses, short-term and long-term needs, short-term and long-term plans to meet those needs, and status of previously identified needs

Relationships
The Discipleship/Small Groups Pastor reports directly to the Senior Pastor. All matters concerning salary, benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment are subject to the recommendation of the Personnel Committee and approval by the Administrative Council of Elders.


Compensation Package
Salary and other compensation will be based on qualifications and experience.  A detailed compensation package will be furnished for consideration at the time of final interview. This will be a full-time position with a flexible work week, often in excess of 40 hours. Consideration may be given for a candidate who desires to work in a part-time capacity.

Application Procedure
Our desire is to fill this position as soon as possible and we will continue reviewing candidates until the right person is identified.  Interested and qualified individuals should submit their resume postmarked by February 23rd, 2018 and must include a family photo and salary history. If possible please send us an audio or video recording of sermons/teaching that you have done.

You may submit these things by mail or email at the following addresses:

Sunset Avenue Church of God
Attn: Personnel Committee
PO Box 938
Asheboro, NC 27204

E-mail to Pastor’s Administrative Assistant:
chudsoncog@triad.twcbc.com

The position described was prepared to represent the general requirements of the position and may be subject to change based on the needs of the Church.  SACOG’s Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Policies and Procedures Manual govern all terms and conditions of employment.

Social Media Specialist, East Ridge, Tenn.

The Social Media Coordinator will promote Action Church across all digital platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. and lead in cutting edge digital work.

Why should you apply?

You love Jesus. You believe in the power of the web to forge a deeper relationship between the user and the church and ultimately with God. You put your curiosity to work - you’re sharp, creative, forward-thinking. Complacency isn’t in your vocabulary. You know people. Your curiously interested. Your dedicated. You realize the culture is constantly changing, and that the church should be ahead of the change with the same Gospel message.

What skills should you have?

People choose to get their specific media for many different reasons, and you know why. Social media is less of a hobby for you, and more like a way of life. You understand what content belongs where, and in what format, because you’re active on social media and your creative (social bookmarking, commenting, etc.). Your a good communicator online.

Secondary Skills
(Not needed, but desired)
Photography, Video Production, Graphic Design, Website Design, Blogging, Communications Major, Sound, Computer Skills

​To learn more or to inquire, email Rev.DanielBeard@aol.com.

Youth/Student Pastor, Graysville, Tenn.

Graysville Church of God is currently looking for a full-time youth pastor and spouse team.  Must be Pentecostal in faith and living. Prefer education and experience. Licensing is definitely a plus. The position is currently open and ready for the right person. Please send a resume with references to the email pastormulkey@gmail.com.

Music Minister, Knoxville, Tenn.

Northwest Church of God is currently searching for a Music Minister to lead our church in worship. This is a part time paid position. This includes Sunday morning worship and Wednesday practice. We are looking for someone or a couple who can lead us in modern worship, as well as including some old songs with an up-to-date twist.  If interested, please send resume or call me for more information.
Pastor John Wilkinson
pastorjohnd23@yahoo.com
865-850-6779

Volunteers for Launch Team, Eagan, Minn.

The ReMix Christian Church is a new church launching on September 23, 2018 in Eagan, MN.
* Our mission it to bring hearts into harmony for righteousness in action through Christ.
* Our Vision is to be a unique place of worship where broken people can be renewed, reshaped and remixed with Christ and use their gifts to reach the world.
* We have a practical theology with an innovative and relevant mindset. Join our team and experience the transforming power of the Gospel by serving in love and seeing lives changed.

Join us as we build a team of leaders to harmonize our communities! 
* The ReMix is looking for individuals who are interested in making Jesus known in the community of Eagan, MN and Metro Minnesota.
* Are you interested in partnering alongside leaders who are passionate about Jesus?
* Does our Mission and Vision resonate with you?
* Do you feel called to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
* Are you passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed?
* If your interests are aligned, we want you to join our team!

Requirements:
* Align with our vision, mission, and culture. In order for us to launch well, we need to be people who are walking in the same direction. We don't require uniformity, but we need unity to move forward effectively.
* You've got amazing gifts, and we have a lot of work to do and many places to serve. Joining the Launch Team means you are committed to help us in practical ways. While we aren't guaranteeing any specific titles, we are looking for people to fill roles that will help us have life-giving music, hospitality, ministry for children, media, small groups, and gatherings.

Responsibilities:
Attend Launch Team meetings and Outreach events:
* Launch team meetings help us to make connections and relationships, equip us in church planting, learn the culture, pray, and receive training to effectively minister in this area.
Serve on volunteer team for at least 3-6 months.
* Commit to serve on The ReMix volunteer ministry teams after launch.

Other Ways to partner with us:
1. Pray for us.
2. Give (any amount will help):  http://theremixchurch.com/make-a-donation/
- Check out our launch blessings list: https://squareup.com/store/theremixchurch
3. Like us on social media: 
   - Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theremixcc
   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/theremixcc
   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theremixcc

Contact us at info@theremixchurch.com or (612) 456-8491.
Check out our website for more information www.theremixchurch.com

Youth Pastor, Dade City, Fla.

Lifestyle Church of God is a growing church located in a rural town of Lacoochee Fl. We are currently looking for someone who is musicaly inclined,energetic and has a heart to grow a Youth Ministry. This is a volunteer position with a 4/2 House with utilities included. Please send your resume to lifestylecog@gmail.com.

Band Members, Fairborn, Ohio

Risen Hope Church is seeking to add musicians to our team. We are especially in the search for guitar and keyboard players. RHC is an amazing community of loving people that have a passion for spreading the gospel and actively working to reach the community God has placed us in. If you would like to know more about us please visit our website, www.risenhopechurch.com.
We are excited to hear from you today. If you are interested in learning more about us and the opportunities available here at RHC, call 937-873-2288, or email at rhcfairborn@gmail.com

Worship Pastor, Lincolnton, N.C.

Spirit Life Church is currently seeking an energetic, talented and Spirit-filled individual to lead our music department.  Our desire is to merge a traditional style of worship with a contemporary style.  This is a part-time, paid salary position, based upon experience and qualifications.  Ministerial credentials within the Church of God denomination are preferred but not required for this position.  All job duties and responsibilities will be discussed with candidates upon a follow-up interview.  If interested, please send a current résumé and cover letter to the address listed below:

Spirit Life Church of God
Attention: Lead Pastor
1424 Wilma Sigmon Rd.
Lincolnton, NC 28092

You can also email the items to Pastor Daniel Perry at dbperry00@aol.com.  For further information about the church, please view our website. Thank you for your prayerful time and consideration in this matter!

www.spiritlifecog.org

Youth Pastor, Lincolnton, N.C.

Spirit Life Church is currently seeking an energetic and passionate married couple to lead our student ministry.  We are looking for a talented couple to lead our youth from ages 12 to 19.  This is a part-time, paid salary position, based upon experience and qualifications.  Ministerial credentials within the Church of God denomination are preferred but not required for this position.  All job duties and responsibilities will be discussed to the candidates upon a follow-up interview.  If interested, please send a current résumé and cover letter to the address listed below:

Spirit Life Church of God
Attention: Lead Pastor
1424 Wilma Sigmon Rd.
Lincolnton, NC 28092

You can also email the items to Pastor Daniel Perry at dbperry00@aol.com.  For further information about the church, please view our website. Thank you for your prayerful time and consideration in this matter!

www.spiritlifecog.org

Launch Team Volunteers, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Restored by Grace Church (RBG) is a new church launching on September 9th, 2018 in Robinson Township, PA of the Greater Pittsburgh Area.
* Our mission is to Love God and Love People.
* Our Vision is to Grow & Release Disciples by Loving and Restoring the Lost.

If you are looking for a place to belong, RESTORED BY GRACE CHURCH is for you!

Join us on the Journey!
* RBG is looking for individuals who are interested in making known the beauty of Jesus in Robinson Township, PA.
* Are you interested in partnering alongside leaders who are passionate about Jesus and finishing the Great Commission?
* Does our Mission and Vision resonate with you?
* Do you feel called to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
* Are you passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed?
* If your interests are aligned, we want you to join our Launch team!

Requirement:
* Align with our vision, mission, and culture. In order for us to launch well, we need to be people who are walking in the same direction. We don't require uniformity, but we need unity to move forward effectively.
* You've got amazing gifts, and we have a lot of work to do and many places to serve. Joining the Launch Team means you are committed to help us in practical ways. While we aren't guaranteeing any specific titles, we are looking for people to fill roles that will help us have life-giving music, hospitality, ministry for children, media, small groups, and gatherings.

Responsibilities:
Attend Launch Team meetings and Outreach events:
* Launch team meetings are designed to make relationships, equip us in church planting, learn the culture, pray, and receive training to effectively minister in this area.
Serve on volunteer team for 6 months.
* Commit to serve on RBG volunteer team after launch. At the end of the Launch Team commitment, you can choose to stay with RBG Church or leave as we celebrate your contribution!

Other Ways to partner with us:
1. Pray for us.
2. Give (any amount will help):  https://give.church/sc8s35r/give
3. Like us on social media:
   - Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/restoredbygrace.org/
   - Twitter: https://twitter.com/rbgcog
   - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rbgcog/

Contact us at hello@restoredbygrace.org or (412) 438-3280.

Checkout our website for more information www.restoredbygrace.org.

Worship Leader/Musicians, Goose Creek, S.C.

Worship Center in Goose Creek, S.C. is seeking musicians with a call to lead others into worship. Goose Creek, SC is less than 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, S.C.
Worship Center is a small but growing congregation with the mission of being made different in order to make a difference.
If you are a musician or singer.looking for a place to use your talent for the glory of God, Worship Center is the place for you.
For more information about the church or this opportunity, you can contact Pastor Jonathan Phillips at 843-478-9984 or by email at worshipcenter68@gmail.com

Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor, Huntsville, Ala.


The Spirit of Praise Church of God s searching for a God-called individual or married couple, to give leadership for ministry in the capacity of Associate Pastor, Campus Pastor, or Youth Pastor. We are located in one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Alabama. Blessed with several major universities and colleges within the city (see list below).


We are seeking an individual or married couple with a calling on their life for pulpit ministry, teaching ministry, outreach ministry, and missions ministry. Also the ability to build a program from the ground up.
We have prepared a large facility and are excited to partner with someone who is looking for an opportunity to minister.


If you are looking for entry level ministry, or if you are seeking a greater challenge to reach the harvest, this is your opportunity. Currently this is a volunteer position, but with compensation following a grace period.To inquire please email byrdwilson650@yahoo.com. 

Alabama A&M University‎
University of Alabama in Huntsville‎
Calhoun Community College‎
Oakwood University‎
J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College
Virginia College
Huntsville Bible College

Launch Team Volunteer, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Restored by Grace Church (RBG) is a new church launching on September 9th, 2018 in Robinson Township, PA of the Greater Pittsburg Area.
* Our mission is to Love God and Love People
* Our Vision is to Grow & Release Disciples by Loving and Restoring the Lost.

If you are looking for a place to Belong, RESTORED BY GRACE CHURCH is for you!

Join us on the Journey!
* Restored By Grace Church is looking for individuals who are interested in making known the beauty of Jesus in Robinson Township, PA.
* Are you interested in partnering alongside leaders who are passionate about Jesus and finishing the Great Commission?
* Does our Mission and Vision resonate with you?
* Do you feel called to be a part of something bigger than yourself?
* Are you passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and seeing lives changed.
* If your interests are aligned, we want you to join our Launch team!

Requirement:
* Align with our vision, mission, and culture. In order for us to launch well, we need to be people who are walking in the same direction. We don't require uniformity, but we need unity to move forward effectively.
* You've got amazing gifts, and we have a lot of work to do and many places to serve. Joining the Launch Team means you are committed to help us in practical ways. While we aren't guaranteeing any specific titles, we are looking for people to fill roles that will help us have life-giving music, hospitality, ministry for children, media, small groups, and gatherings.

Responsibilities:
Attend Launch Team meetings and Outreach events:
* Launch team meetings are designed to make relationships, equip us in church planting, learn the culture, pray, and receive training to effectively minister in this area.
Attend church services (Launch - May 19)
* Commit to serve on RBG volunteer team after Launch until May 19. At the end of the Launch Team commitment, you can choose to stay with RBG Church or leave as we celebrate your contribution!


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1. Praying for us
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Youth Pastor, Cumming, Ga.

The River Church in Cumming, Georgia is a gospel centered, spirit filled Church of God. We are looking for a Student Ministries Pastor.  

To apply for this position please send cover letter, resume and links to teaching DIRECTLY to pastor@rolcog.org  

Position Description:
This person is responsible to see high school & middle school students transformed and mobilized by Jesus at our Campus.

Character:
Demonstrate the qualities of a follower of Jesus Christ, filled with the spirit, with a passion to love God, live in community with those in the Body of Christ and extend the love of God to those seeking Him.  Show a strong commitment to living out the River’s core values in his/her Christian life.

Qualifications:
• Competence:  Undergraduate degree in related field preferred. Training in Leadership and management helpful. Proven ability to lead and develop leaders, build teams, and cast vision for a high impact church. Music and media ministry a plus.
• Chemistry: Has an affinity with The River’s leadership and vision.  
• Character: Teachability, humility, moral/ethical integrity, the desire to grow spiritually.
• Calling: Expresses and has confirmation of a desire and call to lead in ministry.
• Requirements:   Affirmation of the mission, values and beliefs of The River Church.

Responsibilities:

Lead the group movement for P5 and Bridge youth.
• Content development and distribution.
• Leader recruitment, training, development and empowerment.
• Organize and align groups based on needs of ministry.
• Grow group’s through promotion, leadership, development of current groups and leaders.

Oversee the Volunteer culture of P5 and the Bridge.
• Recruit, develop and mobilize the volunteer teams in Student Ministries.
• Train our leaders both in competency and character.
• Develop a system for leader reproduction that serves the growth of the ministry.
Care for our parents and families.
• Communicate regularly with parents about what is happening.
• Host trainings / events for parents and families that help them spiritually develop their students.



Manage and implement the events, retreats and camps
• Build systems, logistics, and volunteer teams that can run the events for our students.
• Promote and market these events in a student friendly way that utilizes central communications.
• Develop and manage the budget for these events with a 10% margin.
• Work with the Student Ministries Staff to assign owners to these events.

Serve Campus Student Ministries by:
• Teaching and preaching in P5 and the Bridge.
• Assisting in programming the large group gatherings
• Helping connect new students into a group and into our ministry family.
• Attending weekly River staff meetings
• Developing meaningful relationships with students, leaders, parents and attenders.
• Music ability is a plus
• Media ability is a plus

Assist the Lead Pastor with campus wide projects, events, and any other services as needed. Send resume with cover page to pastorj@rolcog.org

Worship Leader, Easton, Pa.

River of God Church is a growing church in a smaller, diverse, somewhat urban area on the PA/NJ state line about an hour and half from NYC or Philly.  Our heart is to reach the unchurched and develop them as fully devoted followers of Jesus.  My family and I have been here 5 years and have seen incredible change and growth in our church - including more diversity of generations and cultures.  

We really need a worship leader.  We have singers and musicians in place, but I (Pastor J.J.) am currently leading the team, and I am ready to hand it over to someone who can take our worship team and our Sunday worship experience to the next level.

I know it will have to be a "God thing" for you to move here to fill this role because there is no money to pay at this time.  I remember looking at this site a few years back and seeing so many ministry openings that didn't pay.  I remember not thinking very much of those pastors and churches that posted "no pay" positions, but now I'm "that guy" on the other side.  Believe me when I say that it's a challenge to pay what you're worth.  Times are tight, and our church is in a lower income area.

HOWEVER, if God has given you the eyes to see like a missionary, this place has more needs and more opportunity to be the light of Christ than so many places I've been.  You'll be out of your comfort zone.  You'll have to get an outside job.  You'll encounter the darkness here.  BUT, if God is calling you here, you'll meet some of the best people in the world and you'll have a sense of fulfillment in doing ministry that people sincerely need.

Email jjchiara@gmail.com with any questions.

Minister of Music, Gastonia, N.C.

Worship is vital to the Christian walk and music is an integral part of worship. Therefore, music needs to be presented in a way that enhances the worship experience. Time must be spent in the prayerful selection and preparation of the music for each worship gathering. Leadership is essential and that leader must have a definite call upon their life to step into that role. Yorkwood Church is looking for such a Christian individual.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

Work under the direct supervision of the Lead Pastor.

Work with and support the church programs and activities. Be a team player. After a trial period, one must become a member of the Yorkwood Church.

Schedule and direct regular practice sessions with the music team (vocalists and musicians).

Organize and maintain the current music repertoire while introducing a healthy balance of newer music.

Prepare, well in advance, the music selections for scheduled practices and worship services and provide an order of service to the Lead Pastor for each scheduled worship service.

Recruit, teach and develop new team members.

Direct the entire music team for all scheduled worship services.

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Must know how to read music and be able to teach individual parts.

Must have a strong voice to teach, speak and lead.

Ability to play the piano/keyboard is a definite plus.

Benefits

This is a part time position. Compensation and benefits will be based on a candidates experience and skill level.

​Please email pastorkbj@me.com to inquire.

Youth and Children’s Pastor, Knoxville, Tenn.

The River Farragut is seeking to add a youth pastor and children's pastor to our volunteer team. The church just relaunched with a vision to reach the lost and hurting for Christ while providing a community of love and discipleship.

These opportunities to minister are unique as they will allow for programs to be built from the ground up. The current leadership team has extensive experience in youth and children's ministry to help mentor and disciple the right persons. If you are called to minister to youth or children and to be a part of helping build a solid church community, please consider sending your resume to theriverfarragut@gmail.com (Attn: Pastor Matt).

Director of Children’s Ministry, Augusta, Ga.

Director of Children's Ministries
Stevens Creek Church SouthPoint Campus
Augusta, Georgia,  

Job Description:
Director of Children’s Ministries | Stevens Creek Church SouthPoint Campus, Augusta, Georgia
southpoint@stevenscreekchurch.com
Stevens Creek Church SouthPoint is accepting applications for the position of Director of Children’s Ministries. This is a full-time position that will oversee weekly church services for kids from birth through 5th grade. They will also be responsible for recruiting volunteers and providing leadership for all volunteer teams.
 You might be a good fit for this role if you:
• Have a heart to see kids grow in their relationship with God
• Care about families and believe that it’s the church’s job to partner with and empower parents to be the spiritual leader in their kids’ lives
• Are able to build teams of people
• Have strong personal skills
• Are an ambitious person wanting to grow and develop
• Can take vision and execute an effective strategy to obtain the vision
• Are a strong communicator who can inspire people 
• Are a learner and listener
• Can be innovative, creative, fun, and hard working
• Have previous kids ministry experience
There will be 3 areas of focus and responsibilities will include:

1. Kids (Birth-5th grade)
• Create and implement age appropriate curriculum/content
• Create welcoming spaces and environments for kids and families (i.e. rooms and lobbies)
• Innovate and create strategy that fosters spiritual transformation and community
• Create and implement strategy for outreach to kids who don’t yet attend Creek Kids
 
2. Volunteer leaders
• Recruit and onboard new volunteers. This position oversees 100+ volunteers.
• Lead, develop, and train teams and volunteers so that they are operating in their strengths and being most effective in their roles on the Creek Kids team
• Maintain longevity and consistency of volunteers by implementing various volunteer appreciation initiatives.
 
3. Parents/families
• Partner with parents/families to bridge the gap from what happens on Sunday to what happens at home.
• Create, develop, and implement a strategy to equip parents to be the spiritual leaders in their kids’ lives
• Help create community for parents/families outside of Sundays.
• Hold parent connection events like Creek Kids Live, Christmas Events, etc.
• Provide leadership for our summer camps.
 
Other responsibilities include administrative duties such as getting new families into CCB, follow up, and communication to parents and leaders. Please email your resume to: southpoint@stevenscreekchurch.com

Pastors: Assistant, Youth, Children’s, Administrative, Worship, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Shake The Nations Church is a brand new church that is starting in Santa Rosa California. We are currently looking for a volunteer staff to join us in our mission to pour our hearts into the community, and love it back to life. Our mission is:
to cultivate and equip a generation of believers to lead future generations to Christ through teaching biblical truths, with an intense message backed by scripture, while highlighting the love of God that binds each of us together as a body. Together, in ONE Accord. As ONE body, we will shake the Nations.

If you are interested in serving in any capacity, please contact Pastor Jonathan. Once a group of solid leaders is formed, the initial phases of the church plant will begin.
Please email shakethenationschurch@gmail.com.

Student Pastor, Knoxville, Tenn.

The Dante Church of God is a growing, vibrant church with a strong congregation size of three hundred and growing! We are located in the North Knoxville area and we are looking for a Student Pastor to take our high school ministry to the next level. If you would like to be a part of a great team of staff and volunteers we ask that you would prayerfully consider joining our team. If interested please contact our Senior Pastor David Snyder at preacherdavid@frontiernet.net.

Youth and Children’s Pastor, Rapid City, S.D.

Big Life Church is seeking a yiouth and children's pastor. If your passion is for sowing into young people, we have a great group of children and young people who are waiting for you!  We're a diverse church, full of love for God and people.  We're located in the beautiful Black Hills of S.D., 23 miles from Mt. Rushmore.  Partial financial compensation.  Relocation expenses are negotiable. Email @ biglifechurchrc@gmail.com  If this isn't for you, please pray for our need.  Thanks!

Children’s Leader, Opelika, Ala.

Lakeside Church of God (Opelika/Auburn) is seeking the right individual for the ministry role of Children Leader/Pastor.   The applicant must have leadership skills and able to teach others.  This is an exciting opportunity for the right person or couple. (We’ve been in our new building for three months).


Our desire is for this position to truly be a pastor over this area who seeks the spiritual health and growth of all in the church. Send resume to Pastor Doug at cogopelika@gmail.com.  Currently this is a volunteer position.

Student Ministries Pastor, Cumming, Ga.

The River Church in Cumming, Georgia is a gospel centered, spirit filled Church of God. We are looking for a Student Ministries Pastor.  

To apply for this position please send cover letter, resume and links to teaching DIRECTLY to pastor@rolcog.org  

Position Description:
This person is responsible to see high school & middle school students transformed and mobilized by Jesus at our Campus.

Character:
Demonstrate the qualities of a follower of Jesus Christ, filled with the spirit, with a passion to love God, live in community with those in the Body of Christ and extend the love of God to those seeking Him.  Show a strong commitment to living out the River’s core values in his/her Christian life.

Qualifications:
• Competence:  Undergraduate degree in related field preferred. Training in Leadership and management helpful. Proven ability to lead and develop leaders, build teams, and cast vision for a high impact church. Music and media ministry a plus.
• Chemistry: Has an affinity with The River’s leadership and vision.  
• Character: Teachability, humility, moral/ethical integrity, the desire to grow spiritually.
• Calling: Expresses and has confirmation of a desire and call to lead in ministry.
• Requirements:   Affirmation of the mission, values and beliefs of The River Church.

Responsibilities:

Lead the group movement for P5 and Bridge youth.
• Content development and distribution.
• Leader recruitment, training, development and empowerment.
• Organize and align groups based on needs of ministry.
• Grow group’s through promotion, leadership, development of current groups and leaders.

Oversee the Volunteer culture of P5 and the Bridge.
• Recruit, develop and mobilize the volunteer teams in Student Ministries.
• Train our leaders both in competency and character.
• Develop a system for leader reproduction that serves the growth of the ministry.
 Care for our parents and families.
• Communicate regularly with parents about what is happening.
• Host trainings / events for parents and families that help them spiritually develop their students.



Manage and implement the events, retreats and camps
• Build systems, logistics, and volunteer teams that can run the events for our students.
• Promote and market these events in a student friendly way that utilizes central communications.
• Develop and manage the budget for these events with a 10% margin.
• Work with the Student Ministries Staff to assign owners to these events.

Serve Campus Student Ministries by:
• Teaching and preaching in P5 and the Bridge.
• Assisting in programming the large group gatherings
• Helping connect new students into a group and into our ministry family.
• Attending weekly River staff meetings
• Developing meaningful relationships with students, leaders, parents and attenders.
• Music ability is a plus
• Media ability is a plus

Assist the Lead Pastor with campus wide projects, events, and any other services as needed. Send resume with cover page to pastor@rolcog.org

Youth Pastor, St. Charles, Mo.

The Family Fellowship Church of God is seeking the right individual/couple for the office of youth pastor. This office is directly accountable to the Senior Pastor and the pastor advisory board. Responsibilities include, building a powerful youth program. Teaching the pre-teen through 18 years of age. Also to help the pastor preach in the main santuary on Sunday evenings and some Sunday mornings. St.Charles is a city of over 70,000 and St.Charles county has a population of over 300,000. This position will be staffed in the future but right now it is bi-vocational. The economy is strong and the church is able to offer some compensation. For more detailed information please contact Pastor Josh Vandergraph by email, familyfellowship1@gmail.com.

Worship Leader, Chatsworth, Ga

Chstsworth Church of God is in need of a part-time Worship Minister. Chatsworth COG is a growing congregation in the North GA. area, 45 minutes from Cleveland, TN. Candidate would need to be able to lead worship from piano, keyboard, guitar. Praise team is established, but would be responsible to build band. Sunday morning and Sunday evening only. Part-time pay will be discussed with pastor upon meeting candidate. To inquire, email r.shanebailey@gmail.com.

Worship Leader/Youth Minister, Wauchula, Fla.

Faith Church is seeking someone who can play keyboard in all styles, able to teach youth band music and leading skills. Also help run and coordinate the services and youth ministry. Email bishopsmith1@gmail.com to inquire.

Worship Leader, Tavares, Fla.

New Life Church of God is looking for high energy worship leader, devoted to our Lord!! Passion for his word and people!! Please inquire at newlifecogtavares@gmail.com.

Worship Leader, Shelby, Ala.

Shelby Church of God is  seeking a Part-time Music Team Worship Leader. If you are gifted in musical leadership, then we are interested in hearing from you. Please inquire at shelbychurchofGod@bellsouth.net.

Worship Leader, Joneboro, Ga.

Joneboro Church of God is seeking a worship leader with a heart to teach God's people how to enter into worship. We are a small but growing church. We need a leader that is excited about God and will catch the vision of the church. Volunteer position that will lead to a paid position as the church continues to grow. Contact Gracepoint2017@gmail.com to inquire.

Children’s/Youth Pastor, Griffin, Ga.

The  Children and Youth Pastor at Jonesboro Church of God would split responsibilities of both positions. Children's Church, known as J!Kidz is Sunday morning service. Children and/or Youth on Wednesday night service. Volunteer position that will eventually lead to a paid position. Currently we are a small church that is growing. We need a vibrant, excited person and/or couple that will catch our vision and run with it.Please email gracepoint2017@gmail.com for more information.

Children’s Champion, Islamorada, Fla.

Bluewater in the Keys has an opening for a single adult, young, entrepreneurial and creative to pioneer an elementary ministry that creates new norms in children's ministry.  
Ready to break free from church as usual? Come join our young and growing team. Learn to love the ocean as well - free scuba certification goes with the opportunity.
Call us yesterday.... Yes, we want to move fast. (404) 790-9595.

Worship Leader, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Brainerd Hills Church of God is a church that has started the process of going in a new direction. We would love to have a praise team with a genuine and heartfelt leader that desires to bring the presence of God into the atmosphere. We have a few musicians and a couple of singers but we would love to have a person or couple that could come in and act as the adhesive that not only holds our group together but also takes us closer to God. At this moment there is no compensation, but if required we do have a few things that could be offered. If you are interested please contact Tyler Hendersn at Tyler.p.henderson@gmail.com or feel free to text at (423) 716-3163 for further information and set up a meeting.

Youth/Children’s Pastor, Cincinnati, Ohio

New Vision Church of God is currently in need of a Youth Leader/ Children's Pastor. We are a multicultural church that is growing and currently doing a group children's church ministry .We have more children coming and we need someone that can take this ministry and run with it so the children can have ministry available to them at their age level. If you are interested please contact us. This is a non paid position at this time . Is New Vision the place for you to work for the harvest? To inquire, please contact newvisioncog2680@gmail.com. 

Worship Leader, Cincinnati, Ohio

New Vision Church of God is a growing multicultural church currently looking for a Worship Leader that can lead us into the next level of worship God has for us. The church currently does a variety of worship music along with classic hymns. It has a variety of age groups and they want to do do music accordingly . New Vision has musicians and singers ready to work .This is a non-paid position at this time, but as they grow that status could change. If you are looking to use your gift in a growing loving church , feel free to contact us and see if New Vision is the place for you. Email newvisioncog2680@gmail.com to inquire.

Children’s Pastor, West Jefferson, Ala.

New Life Worship Center is actively seeking a children's leader/pastor that has a true heart children!  A love for teaching children the Word of God and cultivating disciples is a must. We are a church that is serious about Kingdom business and pursuing the heart of God. This position requires re-establishing a vibrant children's ministry.  We have lots of tools, just need the right leader.

Pay: Nice 4 Bedroom home available starting out with weekly income to follow with church growth. To inquire, please contact pastorcgod@gmail.com.

Worship Leader, West Jefferson, Ala.

New Life Worship Center is actively seeking a worship leader/pastor that has a true heart for cultivating the presence of God with music and leading people. We are a church that is serious about Kingdom business and pursuing the heart of God.
This position requires playing a lead instrument, able to work with and establish a band and vocalists. Pay: Nice 4 Bedroom home available starting out with weekly income to follow with church growth. To inquire, please contact pastorcgod@gmail.com.

Youth Pastor, Lucama, N.C.


Harvest Christian Felowship Church  of God is looking for an anointed couple that have a burden for teens. Parsonage and utilities included as pay to start with.  Please contact timdboss@aol.com for more information.

Music Team Leader, Shelby, Ala.

Shelby Church of God is seeking a part-time Music Team Leader. If you are gifted in musical leadership, then we are interested in hearing from you. Please inquire at shelbychurchofGod@bellsouth.net.

Direct Care Staff, Heart of Florida Youth Ranch, Citra, Fla.

The Heart of Florida Yputh Ranch an exciting opportunity for couples and singles to serve as caregivers. We are a residential Christian children's home in central Florida. We offer a schedule of 5 days on and 5 days off for cottage parents that provide care for our residents. Cottage Parents must be over 21 with high school/GED or higher degree. Responsibilities include a being part of a professional team of caregivers for at-risk children and youth referred for our services. Our caregivers serve a vital role providing a safe healing and accepting environment for residents and their families by fostering and modeling positive Christian, social, educational, emotional and physical development. Caregivers are expected to uphold the vision and mission of HOFYR, living out their faith before our children and community. HOFYR offers an excellent compensation package and other benefits which begins following 90-days probationary period. Starting salary will be commensurate with caregiving experience and education. Visit our website at www.hofyr.org. To apply send resume to sean.stephens@hofyr.org.

Children’s Pastor, Hazlehurst, Ga.

Hazlehurst Church of God is seeking  a highly motivated individual who will help grow and develop our children, to develop and empower a ministry leadership team, to prepare our children for a life in Christ and student leadership. We are looking for someone who will work as a team as we equip the saints for the work of the Kingdom of God. To inquire, please email revjohnnunes@yahoo.com. 

Youth Pastor, Hazlehurst, Ga.

Hazlehurst Church of God is seeking a highly motivated person to lead our youth into a deeper relationship with the Lord. Salary is based on education and experience. Housing is provided. Our Youth Dept. receives an annual budget. If interested, please contact (912) 375-7774. 

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Sanctity of Biblical Marriage (2016)

WHEREAS, a United States Supreme Court ruling in 2015 legitimized same-sex marriage in all 50 states and overturned state laws to the contrary, contravening thousands of years of custom and practice by civil societies and by the majority of Christian movements; and

WHEREAS, the unequivocal testimony of the Holy Bible is that homosexual activity deviates from the standard God has established for human life, and so-called homosexual marriages cannot be understood morally and biblically as the equivalent of marriage; and

WHEREAS,  based on scriptural passages such as Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:3-9, it is the firmly held belief of the Church of God that marriage is a spiritual union in which one man and one woman are joined together to live as one; and 

WHEREAS, it is the plain testimony of Scripture in Romans 1:25-32 and other scriptural citations that homosexual acts are against God’s plan and design for men and women and are judged by Him to be sinful;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that ministers credentialed by the Church of God not solemnize or participate in any manner in marriage ceremonies except those between one man and one woman as defined biologically at birth; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that facilities owned by the Church of God not be used for the conduct of weddings, wedding receptions, or any other ceremonies associated with marriages or blessings, except those between one man and one woman; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the church and its ministers rely on the protections of the free exercise of religion granted by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and other applicable federal and state laws; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Church of God exercise due diligence in teaching and preaching the truth about marriage in the biblical model—between one man and woman for a lifelong union—as God’s divine plan for His people.

Transgender Restrooms (2016)

WHEREAS, the Bible in Genesis 5:2 and Matthew 19:4 states that from the beginning God has made people as men and women, and nowhere in Scripture is it suggested that individuals may self-identify as the gender they wish to be, rather than the biological sex to which they were born; and 

WHEREAS, the Church of God has upheld from its beginning the recognition that biological differences establish the uniqueness of men and women—an apperception that has been acknowledged throughout history; and 

WHEREAS, the Church of God states in its Book of Church Order and Governance (Minutes 2014), when God created man, He created them male and female (Genesis 1:27). He gave them distinctly different characteristics (1 Corinthians 11:14, 15; 1 Peter 3:7) as well as different responsibilities (Genesis 3:16-17; 1 Peter 3:7).

WHEREAS, the act of giving access to restrooms and related facilities to persons of the opposite sex creates settings in which violations of privacy and safety may occur; 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that churches and church-owned facilities or properties and Church of God educational institutions used by the Church of God for the fulfillment of all religious purposes maintain sex-differentiated restrooms, locker rooms, and related facilities for the exclusive use of men and women, ascertained solely by biological sex and by the gender identified on the birth certificate (with appropriate exceptions for those who must assist handicapped persons of the opposite sex, in which case the gender of the helping adult will determine which facility is used); and

BE IT BE FURTHER RESOLVED, that clergy and laity in Church of God congregations recognize the reality of gender confusion as an issue that should be treated compassionately and professionally, and that care be taken to offer or seek competent counsel for those who experience such confusion; and 

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the church accept anew its responsibility as a commitment to Christian discipleship to teach God’s creation design of male and female.

Youth pastor, Ayer, Massachusetts

Ayer Church of God (Ayer, Massachusetts) is seeking an individual or married couple with a calling on their life for reaching, ministering to, and discipling youth, and with the ability to build a program from the ground up.  Potential candidate(s) will need to be local or willing to relocate, have a resume and some relevant experience, work well with other leaders, and be energetic about community outreach to youth.  The youth pastor(s) will need to be bi-vocational and will receive a monthly stipend.  Church of God credentials or being in the credentialing process is preferred but not required.  Contact Pastor Bob Brachel at rs.brachel@yahoo.com

Care of the Creation (2008)

WHEREAS we believe that the triune God is the creator and the sustainer of the cosmos, and

WHEREAS according to the ancient Genesis narrative God surveyed His majestic work of creation (Genesis 2:15), a command for responsible stewardship that extends to all of God’s people, and

WHEREAS the Psalms declare that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof (Psalms 24:1), and

WHEREAS the gospel of Jesus Christ stands in opposition to any and all forms of gnostic spirituality that deny God’s care for the physical world, and instead declares Jesus Christ to be the Lord over the whole earth, and

WHEREAS the Spirit of God himself groans in unison with the Creation for the revealing of the sons of God, and

WHEREAS the apocalypse of John envisions the day when God will complete the work He began in Genesis, where there is no barrier between the new heaven and the new earth as a whole revealing the complete restoration of creation, and

WHEREAS the historic witness of God’s church recognizes that “This is my Father’s world,” and

WHEREAS the creation itself is an extension of the goodness and governance of God, and

WHEREAS the apathy and indifference of much of the world’s population has produced unprecedented danger to the creation through shifting climate conditions, pollution, and insufficient quality and quantity of water among the world’s poor, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God embrace the call once again to serve and protect God’s creation, and encourages its members to act with care, diligence, and responsibility towards the earth, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Church of God supports any reasonable efforts to care for the earth in the name of Jesus Christ as a vital part of Christian worship and stewardship.

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

The recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to admit openly homosexual young men to their membership ranks comes as a major disappointment to the leadership of the Church of God. This departure from the BSA’s policy of not allowing individuals who practice homosexuality to become members contributes to the already confusing message of sexual orientation being sent to young men.

 

The Boy Scouts of America has served as a beacon of affirmation for generations. The May 23 decision by BSA did not include admitting homosexual scout leaders. We applaud the BSA leadership for upholding this critical element of its policy and support future efforts to defend it from attacks by groups who will no doubt feel empowered to further advance their agenda.

 

According to figures released by BSA, more than 70 percent of scout troops are supported or housed in churches across the United States. The recent action will no doubt place a heavy burden upon these churches about whether or not to continue their relationship with the local chapter.

 

The change in BSA’s policy in no way alters the Practical Commitments of the Church of God, which states the following:

 

Glorifying God in Our Body

Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and we are to glorify God in our body

 

(Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31). We are to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

 

Examples of fleshly behavior which do not glorify God are noted in several passages of Scripture (Romans 1:24; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8). Sinful practices which are made prominent and condemned in these scriptures includehomosexuality, adultery, worldly attitudes (such as hatred, envy, jealousy), corrupt communication (such as gossip, angry outbursts, filthy words), stealing, murder, drunkenness and witchcraft…

 

The Church of God recognizes the dilemma some local churches and scout leaders may face with severing a positive, long-term relationship with a Boy Scout troop, which may or may not be immediately affected. Should local churches choose to disband their relationship with BSA, the Church of God has had in place for many years a program that mirrors the standards and policies of Boy Scouts of America prior to last week’s decision. It is called Royal Rangers and is available with supporting resources through the Division of Discipleship.  Please visit www.royalrangerscog.org.

 

While the Church of God condemns the sin of homosexuality as defined in Scripture, individuals struggling with an alternate lifestyle will continue to be loved and discipled. As young people are constantly bombarded with one message from the church and another from culture, the Church of God is committed to those who may fall into this path to give counsel and to teach the forgiveness of Christ with the ultimate goal of redemption and restoration.

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BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP (2012)

WHEREAS, Biblical stewardship is shown to be vitally important throughout the 
Bible by: the various Hebrew and Greek words for gift and give being used 
approximately 2,000 times; the words for offer and offering being used over 650 
times; and in the New Testament alone, 42 different Greek words for giving and 
offerings being used over 775 times; and,
 
WHEREAS, John clearly stated that the gift of God’s Son is the central theme of the 
gospel: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that 
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16); 
and,
 
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship in the first book of the New Testament occurred 
through the giving of gifts by the wise men from the East when they presented to 
Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:2-11); and,
 
WHEREAS, the first scene of worship by the family of Jesus after His birth occurred 
when the parents presented Him to the Lord and offered a sacrifice according to 
the law, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24); and,
 
1WHEREAS, in His very first recorded sermon, commonly known as the “Sermon on 
the Mount” (Matthew 6-8), Jesus interwove the “blessings of giving” throughout 
His entire message, placing the “giving of alms” on the same level as prayer 
and fasting, and instructing His hearers to be generous to others: “Give to him 
that asks you, and from him that would borrow from you, do not turn away” 
(Matthew 5:42); and,
 
WHEREAS, throughout His ministry Jesus continued to instruct about giving, 
saying, “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8); and emphasizing 
that we will be abundantly blessed through giving, He commanded: “Give, and it 
shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and 
running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38); and,
 
WHEREAS, the New Testament church continued to teach the principles of Biblical 
stewardship: by instructing the Ephesian elders to “remember the words of the 
Lord Jesus, how he said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35); 
by teaching the Roman believers that giving is a charisma gift of the Holy Spirit 
to the body of Christ (Romans 12:3-8); and, by explaining the doctrine of liberal 
giving to the Corinthian church in such complete detail that, in conclusion, Paul’s 
soul soared with a doxology of praise, “Thanks be unto God for his indescribable 
gift” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9:15);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, pastors and local congregations be 
encouraged to teach and practice the principles of Biblical stewardship and that 
churches be encouraged to avail themselves of the latest available technology to 
enhance worship through tithing and offerings.

FINANCIAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2012)

WHEREAS, God himself revealed a unity of equality and interdependence by such 
Biblical revelations as “Let us make” (Genesis 1:26); “I and my Father are one” 
(John 10:30); and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Spirit” (Matthew 28:19); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Church of God is bound together in a covenant of brotherhood—
equality, embracing over seven million members and a far greater number of 
constituents in 178 countries around the world; and
 
WHEREAS, the apostle Paul described the church as being “one body in Christ, and 
every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5); and,
 
WHEREAS, Jesus assured his followers—“whom he is not ashamed to call brethren” 
(Hebrews 2:11)—that the heavenly Father will provide for His children as 
certainly as He feeds the birds of the air which do not sow, reap, or gather into 
barns; and, as surely as He clothes the lilies of the field in greater finery than 
Solomon in all of his glory (Matthew 6:25-34); and,
 
WHEREAS, the church is facing an unprecedented financial environment that has 
presented extreme financial challenges to many local congregations and district, 
state, national, and international church entities and ministries; and,
 
WHEREAS, the early church vividly demonstrated the great power, abundant grace, and 
sufficient resources that prevailed when the multitude of believers “were of one 
heart and one soul” (Acts 4:32-37); and,
 
WHEREAS, in a parable, Jesus commended an unjust steward because of his wisdom in 
financial affairs (Luke 16:8) and thereby indicated that faithful believers can learn 
valuable lessons from those who are wise in earthly monetary matters; and,
 
WHEREAS, many various earthly organizations such as political parties, global 
corporations, international media conglomerates, and entertainment and sports 
stars, have demonstrated the financial “power of the multitudes” even when 
contributions are as small as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters;
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, local churches; state, national, and 
international offices; and other Church of God ministries around the world be 
strongly encouraged to use every available medium to inform others of ministry 
needs and opportunities, to be intentional in designing applicable programs of 
stewardship giving, and to be consistent in taking advantage of such opportunities 
as Internet Websites, Facebook, Twitter, kiosks, QR Codes, smartphone apps, 
online giving, and other computer technologies available today; and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, we do hereby reaffirm our strong 
faith that our God “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or 
think” (Ephesians 3:20), and that He “shall supply all your need according to his 
riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19)

IMMIGRATION (2012)

WHEREAS, the church’s interaction and dialogue with the laws and policies of the 
nations of the world must be founded on the Word of the Lord, and the earliest 
Scriptures reveal that every human being is created in the image and likeness of 
God (Genesis 1:26, 27; 5:1); and,
 
WHEREAS, Abraham, Sarah, and the patriarchs “sojourned in the land of promise, as 
in a strange country” (Hebrews 11:9); “confessed that they were strangers and 
pilgrims on the earth” (v. 13); and “when they went from one nation to another, 
from one kingdom to another people, God permitted no one to do them wrong; 
yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, ‘Do not touch My anointed ones, 
and do My prophets no harm’” (Psalm 105:13-15, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when Joseph was sold into a foreign country as a slave, God himself 
providentially directed so that: “The king sent and released him, the ruler of 
the people let him go free.  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his 
possessions, to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom” 
(Psalm 105:20-22, NKJV); and,
 
WHEREAS, when God led His people of Israel out of Egypt, He specifically instructed 
them: that they were never to forget that they had been strangers in Egypt 
(Exodus 22:21; Leviticus 19:33, 34); that God “loves the stranger, giving him 
food and clothing”; and said to His redeemed children, “Therefore love the 
stranger” (Deuteronomy 10:18, 19); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Word of truth reveals that the deliverance of the Israelites out of the 
bondage of Egypt was a foreshadowing of the redemption of believers today out 
of the bondage of sin (1 Corinthians 10:1-11); and,
 
WHEREAS, the family of Jesus sought sanctuary in the foreign nation of Egypt when 
Herod determined to kill the child who was born to be the Christ (Matthew 2), and 
Jesus revealed that He will judge His brothers and sisters by his words, “I was a 
stranger, and you took me in,” and, “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35, 40);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God reaffirms its commitment 
to the following principles of a just process for immigration: “that immigrants 
be treated with respect and mercy by churches; that governments develop 
structures that safeguard and monitor national borders with efficiency and 
respect for human dignity; that governments establish more functional legal 
mechanisms for the annual entry of a reasonable number of immigrant workers 
and families; that governments recognize the central importance of the family in 
society by reconsidering the number and categories of visas available for family 
reunification; that governments establish a sound, equitable process toward earned 
legal status for currently undocumented immigrants; that governments legislate 
fair labor and civil laws for all; and that immigration enforcement be conducted 
in ways that recognize the importance of due process of law” (from Memo 
on “Immigration Concerns,” April 30, 2010).

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

WHEREAS, the first recorded spoken words of mankind were those of Adam who 
said: “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called 
Woman, because she was taken out of Man.  Therefore shall a man leave his 
father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” 
(Genesis 2:23, 24); and,
 
WHEREAS, over 4,000 years later Jesus defined Biblical marriage by saying: “Have you 
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 
And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to 
his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  Wherefore they are no more twain, 
but one flesh.  What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” 
(Matthew 19:4-6); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s creation of man “in His image” specifically referred to the creation 
of man as male and female, as seen in the words: “So God created man in his own 
image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” 
(Genesis 1:27); and,
 
WHEREAS, God’s first commission to man was: “Be fruitful, and multiply, and 
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and 
over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth” 
(Genesis 1:28); and,
 
WHEREAS, the fulfillment of this divine charge, to populate and have dominion over the 
earth, is impossible except by the uniting of a man and a woman in a relationship 
that the Bible refers to as “one flesh,” in seven distinct places (Genesis 2:24; 
Matthew 19:5, 6; Mark 10:8; 1 Corinthians 6:16; and Ephesians 5:31); and,
 
WHEREAS, the Law clearly recognized the role of both the man and the woman in 
a family relationship by directing all children: “Honor your father and your 
mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” 
(Exodus 20:12, NIV); and,
 
WHEREAS, the New Testament church clearly affirmed marriage as being a covenant 
relationship between a man and a woman, and of the family as being comprised of 
a father, a mother, and children (Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Colossians 3:18-21);
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, once again “the Church of God unequivocally 
affirms that marriage is a covenant relationship between a man and woman 
5and rejects all attempts to redefine marriage in terms of same-sex unions and 
behavior” (Minutes, 2004, p. 66); and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, once again, “we encourage our 
members to help preserve marriage as a sacred union between man and woman 
by living lives that model commitment to the Word of God, exemplify devotion 
to moral purity, and celebrate family responsibility” (Minutes, 1996, pp. 64, 65); 
and,
 
THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, the Church of God strongly 
declares that a Biblical marriage is a threefold covenant relationship between one 
man, one woman, and one God who externally exists in three persons as Father, 
Son, and Holy Spirit

Legal Services

Legal issues continue to be a growing area of church affairs, necessitating familiarity with and resources for proper risk management.

Always remember that the farther away activities of a church venture from traditional worship and Bible study, the more the likelihood of potential legal ramifications. Churches are being sued for such activities as selling chicken dinners, sponsoring athletic events, and many other activities. As the number of ministry opportunities increases, so does the possibility that someone will try to find a legal angle from which to attack the church.

Necessity of Frequent Contact with a Lawyer - Some of the best advice that can be given to a pastor is to acquaint himself with and form an ongoing relationship with a local, reputable attorney. This relationship is important because the pastor can avail himself of the lawyer's expertise, before making a mistake with legal ramifications. It is always better to think preventatively rather than retroactively, and major decisions should not be made regarding the church or its business, without first contacting a lawyer.

In the state overseer field, developing a close relationship with a good local attorney is important because it provides for continuity in dealings between the lawyer and the church, and it provides him with ability to be familiar with our procedures, for posterity. In particular, a good local attorney who has been representing the state office for years can serve as a valuable counselor to any successors in office at our state offices.

Keep a good lawyer close by, and call him before you make big decisions.

Iif you would like to contact someone in our Legal Services Department please Click Here.

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International Executive Comittee Report

On January 26-29, 2010, the International Executive Council met in session at the International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee where they reviewed and approved a report compiled from months of prayerful research. The report deals with decisions and recommendations regarding church finances and a re-structure of the ministries of the Church of God. The report, available in its entirety as presented to the Executive Council, is available for viewing and download, if desired. The report contains numerous charts, graphics and a look toward the future of the ministries of the Church of God  based on past, current and upcoming financial states. It is recommended that you first view the explanation of the report by General Overseer Raymond F. Culpepper in the video provided.

 

Official Report from the International Executive Council

Appendix 1 - Tithe Receipts

Apendix 2 - Reports Received

Appendix 3 - Funding for Mission-Borderline States

Appendix 4 - Report on States That May Become Mission-Borderline in 5 years

International Offices Restructure

 

Note: You will need Adobe Reader to view these files. If you do not have adobe reader you can download it here.

 

 

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Haiti Earth Quake Relief Efforts

On February 5-7, 2010, a delegation of leaders including General Overseer Raymond Culpepper and Assistant General Overseer Tim Hill journeyed to the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti. The following two videos give an account of the excursion and an update on what is happening with the aid and recovery for the Church of God and our people in Haiti. Please view the updates as Part 1 and Part 2.


 

 

 

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Overseers Message

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Reformation Sunday: Honoring the Aged Ministers and Widows

In 1992 the General Assembly declared one Sunday a year to focus on honoring those who have gone before us, blazing the trails of ministry through evangelism, pastoring and church planting. These saints of God are worthy of recognition and support and Reformation Sunday is the venue in which to do it. On October 31, 2010 every Church of God congregation is asked to designate a special love offering exclusively for aged ministers and widows.

In a recent letter to all pastors, Church of God General overseer Dr. Raymond Culpepper asked that this offering be given high priority this year, especially in light of the economic climate which has particularly affected aged and retired ministers. One-fourth of the offering will be used to help fund financial assistance to aged ministers with emergency needs. The remainder will be given as a special love gift from the church to retired ministers and widows at Christmas.

A special PowerPoint presentation has been developed for Reformation Sunday and is available for download on this page. Please feel free to use it as you promote this special day of commemoration for these warriors of the faith.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

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Pray for the victims of Tucson

On Saturday, January 8, as people were peaceably gathered to hear a speech from Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a gunman opened fire on the crowd in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people and wounding many others.

Rep. Giffords was critically injured and clings to life with a bullet wound to her head. We join in prayer and sympathy for this public servant and we grieve with the families of the victims: John Roll, 63; Christina Taylor Green, 9; Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Phyllis Schneck, 79; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Dorothy Morris, 76.

There are 13 other victims who are recovering, including two of Rep. Giffords' staff, Ron Barber and Pam Simon. Please keep these who survived this tragedy in your prayers as well.

At this time I am reminded of the scripture from 1 Timothy 2:1-4 which says, I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (KJV)."

--Raymond F. Culpepper

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73rd International General Assembly

The General Assembly took place July 27-30, 2010, in Orlando Florida.To visit the official website of the GA2010 please visit.


www.assemblynow.org

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Engage Conference Interviews

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Engage Conference 2011

Watch the 2011 Engage Interview Video Here

Visit the Engage 2011 Website or Register Online Here

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Pentecostal Legend: Ray Harrison Hughes, Sr. – 1924 – 2011

Dr. Ray H. Hughes, Sr., was one of the most influential leaders within the Church of God of the past two generations. His life touched not just the Church of God, but the entire Evangelical and Pentecostal world as he led and ministered in numerous capacities. No single figure in the Church of God has cast a wider net of spiritual influence, educational leadership, or evangelical fervor.

Dr. Hughes passed away late in the evening on April 4th, 2011.  This Web site has been created as a tribute to the man and the person who so dedicated his life to the Kingdom of God. Browse the links below and get a sense of how this dedicated servant of God became such a global influence, yet remained a humble family man.

Faith of My Father - read a chapter on the life of Ray H. Hughes, Sr., from the from the 2010 book "Faith of Our Fathers" written from the unique family perspective of his son, Ray H. Hughes, Jr.

Well Done, Thou Good and Faithful Servant – the complete obituary of Ray H. Hughes

Still Going Strong - watch a 5-minute video compiled for the occasion of Dr. Hughes' 80th birthday

Hughes' Leaves Educational Legacy in the Church of God -  Article in Faith News

Hughes At A Glance – read an amazing list of leadership posts, awards and accomplishments from the life and ministry of Dr. Hughes.

The Complete Ray Hughes – visit the Web site www.rayhhughes.com and browse through all aspects of Dr. Hughes’ ministry career: view photos, hear sermons, read quotes, buy resources, and sign the guestbook.

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Ray H. Hughes Video

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Obituary - Ray H. Hughes Sr.

 

The Reverend Doctor Ray H. Hughes Sr., 87, former General Overseer of the Church of God and past president of Lee University, went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2011.

Dr. Hughes began his ministry in 1940 and served in many offices of distinction in the Church of God and interdenominational ministries.  His early ministry was as an evangelist, and he considered himself an evangelist no matter what office he was serving in.  Hughes gained national attention in 1948 when he preached an interdenominational youth rally at the Hollywood Bowl in California.  Sponsored by Pentecostal denominations and independent ministries, the event signaled a new day of cooperation among Pentecostals as well as his eventual leadership of the global Pentecostal movement. His pastoral ministry included the Church of God in Fairfield, Illinois, and the North Chattanooga Church of God.  Appointed offices in the Church of God included state overseer of Georgia and the region of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia; the National Sunday School and Youth Board; and director of the General Board of Education.  He twice served as president of Lee College (1960-1966 and 1982-1984) and once as president of the Church of God Theological Seminary (1984-1986).

The Church of God elected Hughes as general director of Sunday School and Youth in 1952 where he served for four years, and to the International Executive Council in 1956 where he served for a total of thirty-six years.  He was first elected to the International Executive Committee in 1966 and served on the Executive Committee a total of twenty-two years including the offices of Third Assistant General Overseer, Second Assistant General Overseer, First Assistant General Overseer and General Overseer.  He is the only person to have served three tenures as General Overseer.

Along with his ministry in the Church of God, Hughes was frequently honored with leadership opportunities in interdenominational ministries.  He was a member of the board of administration, on the executive committee, and president of the National Association of Evangelicals; a member of the National Sunday School Association; chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of North America; a member of the advisory committee of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America; a member of the presidium and advisory committee, vice chairman and chairman of the Pentecostal World Conference.  As chairman of the Pentecostal World Conference he led global meetings in Oslo, Norway, Jerusalem, and Seoul, Korea, where he preached to more than 108,000 people in a packed Olympic Stadium at the eighteenth Pentecostal World Conference.

Known for his powerful anointed preaching, Hughes was a popular speaker at camp meetings, ministers’ retreats, missions rallies, youth rallies, and other meetings.  He was speaker for the Church of God’s radio broadcast, Forward in Faith, from 1960 to 1963.  A prolific author, a partial list of his books includes Church of God Distinctives; Who Is the Holy Ghost?; Pentecostal Preaching; Religion on Fire; Lord, Show Us Thy Glory; The Cross, Love’s Necessity; and The Rapture and Revelation.

Dr. Hughes was preceded in death by his parents the Reverend J. H. and Emma Lou Cochran Hughes; his first wife, Marian Euverla Tidwell Hughes; and his brother-in-law, John Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Linda Redman Hughes; children, Janice Hughes of Nashville, Ray H. Hughes Jr., and his wife Anita, Donald Joseph Hughes, and his wife Maxine, all of Cleveland, and Anita Chamberlain, and her husband Jim, of Fernadina Beach, Florida; step-children, Jerry Redman, and his wife Jeanine, Greg Redman and his wife Debbi, and Kristi Armstrong and her husband Bob, all of Cleveland; grandchildren, Joe Hughes of Cleveland, Ray H. “Doc” Hughes III, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cristen Chamberlain, and Craig Chamberlain and his wife Elisa, of Fernandina Beach, Florida; step-grand children, Jennifer Redman of Chattanooga, Lindsey Armstrong, and Christian Armstrong, both of Cleveland; two great- grandsons, Chase Chamberlain and Landon Chamberlain, both of Fernandina Beach, Florida.  He is also survived by his sisters, Helen Johnson of Huntsville, Alabama, and Jacqui Killebrew, and her husband Joe, of Bullhead, Arizona; brothers, Bill Hughes of Del Rio, Texas, and Dale Hughes, and his wife Brenda, of Cleveland; sister-in-law Florence Clawson, and her husband Rev. Paul Clawson, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; brothers-in-law U. D. “Bud” Tidwell Jr. and Marcus Tidwell; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, April 7 at 11:00 a.m.at the North Cleveland Church of God main sanctuary with Dr. Raymond F. Culpepper, Dr. Mark Williams, Pastor Mitch Maloney and Dr. Ray Hughes Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Rev. Ray Sanders and Dr. Gene Rice officiating.  Paul Duncan, Jerry Dixon,

Dr. Esdras Betancourt, Rev. Marlon K. Allers, Steve Land, Ken Jones, Rev. Julian Robinson, and Rev. Charles Hollifield will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Church of God Executive Council.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 6 from 3-8 p.m. at the North Cleveland Church of God Main Sanctuary.

Grissom Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.  To send an online condolence to the family, please visit www.grissomfh.net.

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Pentecost Sunday: June 12, 2011

Power . . .
To Engage the Missional Mandate of Christ

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (Acts
1:18 NKJV).

 

Our Heritage

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is interwoven in our heritage. The Church of God holds the distinction of being the first known group in the United States upon whom the Spirit fell in Pentecost fullness. The power of the Holy Spirit to fulfill the missional mandate of Christ has been a doctrinal emphasis since the outpouring of the Spirit fell in the early days of our denomination.

God has given to us a distinct and beautiful heritage; one that causes us to give glory, honor, and praise Him. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can live victoriously and expand the kingdom of God on earth.

Our Opportunity

Pentecost Sunday, June 12, provides an excellent opportunity to stress the full meaning of the power of the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of the Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit in the ministry of the church.


This emphasis on understanding the requirements and the results of receiving the promise and power of the Holy Spirit is designed to achieve several objectives:

1. To focus attention on the roots and richness of our Pentecostal heritage.
2. To study about the power of the Holy Spirit in the operation of the church.
3. To stimulate a fresh awareness of the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.
4. To create a hunger in believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to walk in the power of the Spirit.
5. To provide an environment for church members to share about the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
6. To guide young people in understanding the baptism of the Holy Spirit, how to receive the Holy Spirit and the manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.

These studies offer an extraordinary opportunity to help believers understand the full range of the power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the church and in their daily
life.

The Process

This action guide will give you ideas on outlining a Pentecost emphasis in your church. It does not giver detailed instructions but offers suggestions that can be
formulated to suit your local needs. Whatever approach you choose to take the central focus and goal is to lead your people into a deeper experience of the Holy Spirit baptism, the power it issues to live the abundant life in Christ, and the operation of spiritual gifts.

Five approaches or events to emphasize the power of Pentecost will be outlined. The particular items selected will have to be developed in regards to the size of the congregation, available leaders, and the spiritual needs of the local church.;

Wednesday Evening – Question and Answer Session

This will be a question and answer time for the entire congregation. There several ways to do this:

Utilize the book titled, Understanding the Holy Spirit, by Raymond F. Culpepper, general overseer. This book gives answers to all aspects of the power of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the Spirit in the church and in the life of believers.


Church members and friends have questions about the nature and work of the Holy Spirit but are often hesitant about seeking answers. The material in this book comes from the background of a church leader, our general overseer, who planted and pastored one church for 23 years. During this time he ministered to young converts who had no church background of understanding the work of the Holy Spirit. They had many questions that he answered from the Bible. Some of the questions/answers in the book
include:


1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

2. How does the Holy Spirit relate to the Holy Trinity.

3. What are the works of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life?

4. What is meant by the terms Pentecostal, Charismatic, Third Wave?

5. Was the Day of Pentecost the first appearance of the Holy Spirit on earth?

6. What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

7. Does a person receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit at conversion.

8. How does a person receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

9. How does the Bible deal with the subject of speaking in tongues?

10. Did the practice of tongues go out with the apostles only to be revived in the 21st century by fanatics?

Information about the book, Understanding the Holy Spirit, is available by clicking on the book cover below, which will take you to the online Pathway Bookstore.

Congregation Submits Questions: The Sunday before Pentecost Sunday the congregation is invited to submit questions about different aspects of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. All the questions will be addressed by the pastor during the following Wednesday evening Bible study. The pastor can elaborate on each of the questions, recommend study materials, and tell how the power of the Holy Spirit can be the foundation for both personal growth and spiritual growth.

Wednesday Evening Panel Discussion. The panel would consist of three or four individuals. Each panel member would present an eight-to-ten minute paper on one of the following subjects relating to the power of the Holy Spirit.

1. Power of the Holy Spirit to Share Jesus.
2. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Molding Family Life.
3. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Living Victoriously.
4. The Power of the Holy Spirit in Fulfilling the Great Commission.

This can be a unique way to get church members involved in Bible study about the
Holy Spirit.

Sunday Morning Service and Sermon

Worship Service. The format of the service could include scripture readings about the Holy Spirit, songs/hymns, testimonies, responsive reading, and drama. Exercise creativity in arranging the structure to feature praise, instructions on the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit for developing as a mature disciple, resisting the advancing of Satan, and expanding the influence and outreach of the church.

Sermon. The Pentecost Sunday sermon should highlight the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers; how He ministers as the Comforter, the Communicator, an Intercessor, the Revelator, the Glorifier, and the Equipper. Consider distributing outlines or featuring the main points on a large projection screen or on a marker board. The sermon could be divided into two parts, Sunday morning and Sunday evening.

Friday Evening Prayer Time

This coming together can be a planned prayer time, a come-and-go event, or a time to pray to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Planned Prayer Time. The order of the service could include several segment of the power of the Holy Spirit in prayer—praying for city, community, nation, outreach of local church, parents, and children and youth. In between prayer segments there could be scripture reading and testimonies.

Come-and-Go Prayer Time. The church is open and members come and go after personal prayer for emphasizing the power of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of the
church.

Prayer Time to Receive the Holy Spirit. This would be a time for individuals to pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The prayer time should include instructions and seekers should be paired with a seasoned church member as a prayer/seeking partner. The service is loosely structured, personal in approach, with soft music in the background.

Saturday Morning Breakfast for Men

This will be a special timer for me to focus on power—the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives as a companion, a father, a leader in the church, and an influence in the community. Use several men to tell about how the Holy Spirit impacts and empowers them to be effective in serving the Lord.

Special Luncheon Tea for Ladies

The format would follow the same pattern as the men's breakfast. Ladies would share

about how the Holy Spirit has given them power to live victoriously as a housewife, mother, friend, and church member.

The Planning. The planning for the Pentecost events can be simple or very elaborate. Planning, however, is vital and necessary. There should be a Planning Team that would outline the entire emphasis. Individuals could be assigned to direct each of the five outlined approaches.

Make arrangements for involving the congregations, providing, promotion in the church bulletin, and follow-up of assignments and arrangements.

 

Resources

Click on the book cover below to take you to the Pathway Bookstore for information on ordering the new release Understanding the Holy Spirit by Raymond F. Culpepper.

Below is a powerpoint presentation which is intended to be used as a teaching tool combined with Understanding the Holy Spirit. This volume offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the Holy Spirit.

Download the Powerpoint Here

Several sermons can be downloaded from the Web site:

www.sermonsforsheperds.com.

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125th Anniversary of the Church of God - August 19, 2011

On August 19, 1886, a band of believers gathered at the Barney Creek Meeting House in Tennessee and formed what would eventually become the Church of God. Today, 125 years later, these humble beginnings have resulted in a movement of nearly 7 million members worldwide in 178 countries.

At the 73rd International General Assembly last summer, a resolution was passed recognizing the first 125 years of the Church of God.

 

Restoring God's Church Powerpoint

This PowerPoint presentation, “Restoring God’s Church,” can be used to teach a class on the early history of the Church of God.


Resolution of the 125th Anniversary of the Church of God:

WHEREAS, on August 19, 2011, the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Church of God will be observed; and,

WHEREAS, from the eight individuals who responded to Richard G. Spurling’s invitation “to take the New Testament . . . for your only rule of faith and practice . . . and to sit together as the Church of God” has increased to 6,748,354 members around the world, with 34,848 churches; and,

WHEREAS, this historical occasion provides an opportunity for the entire Church of God family to remember the past, rejoice in the present, and renew our commitment to the future;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we remember our Pentecostal heritage, the faithful men and women who sacrificed and served to shape our Biblical values, and the flow of divine grace and gifts that formed the Church of God into a worldwide evangelistic force; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we rejoice for the guiding hand of our Lord on the Church of God, for establishing us as His blessed people, and for providing unlimited heavenly resources through prayer; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we renew our commitment to worship God in spirit and truth, to fulfill the missional mandate of the Great Commission, and to reflect a spirit of trust in every aspect of ministry; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that we come together in a spirit of celebration and commitment on this 125th anniversary, that states/regions, and local churches  outline events to remember, rejoice, and renew, reflect honor and glory to the Lord, and inspire new avenues to support the mission and vision of the Church of God.

 

125th Anniversary Article Series



 

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Engage Journal

Engage Journal

VALUES FOR OUR YOUTH (1994)

WHEREAS our children live in societies troubled with high-risk problems; and

WHEREAS the world is in a period of transition that will profoundly and permanently affect the future of our children and grandchildren—a smaller world brought about by communication, political unification, and a free market; and

WHEREAS we are alarmed at the increasing rates at which children run away from home, drop out of school, experiment with drugs and alcohol, become involved in violent crimes, and suffer the dissolution of their homes by desertion and divorce;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we strongly emphasize character development among our children—self-esteem, drug prevention education, resistance to negative peer pressure, traditional family values, self-discipline for achieving goals, and acceptance of differences in others; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the values for this emphasis focus on honesty, truthfulness, generosity, kindness, courage, justice, and responsibility; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the foundation be the Word of God, the love of Jesus Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the nurture of the church (65th A., 1994, p. 96).

125th Anniversary of the Church of God (2010)

WHEREAS, on August 19, 2011, the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Church of God will be
observed; and,

WHEREAS, from the eight individuals who responded to Richard G. Spurling’s invitation “. . .
to take the New Testament . . . for your only rule of faith and practice . . . and to sit
together as the Church of God . . .” has increased to 6,748,354 members around the world
with 34,848 churches; and,

WHEREAS, this historical occasion provides an opportunity for the entire Church of God family
to remember the past, rejoice in the present, and to renew our commitment to the future;
therefore,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that we remember our Pentecostal heritage, the faithful men
and women who sacrificed and served to shape our biblical values, and the flow of divine
grace and gifts that formed the Church of God into a worldwide evangelistic force; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we rejoice for the guiding hand of our Lord on the Church
of God, for establishing us as His blessed people, and for providing unlimited heavenly
resources through prayer; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we renew our commitment to worship God in spirit and
truth, to fulfill the missional mandate of the Great Commission, and to reflect a spirit of
trust in every aspect of ministry; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED the we come together in a spirit of celebration and commitment
on this 125th anniversary, that states and local churches outline events to remember,
rejoice, and renew and reflect honor and glory to the Lord and that inspire new avenues
to support the mission and vision of the Church of God.

Church of God as a Movement (2010)

WHEREAS God providentially birthed the Church of God as a community of believers to assist
in fulfilling the Great Commission; and,

WHEREAS, we now face great and complex challenges that demand that we not attempt to
survive with an attitude of business as usual; and,

WHEREAS God has blessed us to become one of the leading Pentecostal denominations in the
world and part of the divine work of the Spirit in these last days; and,

WHEREAS we are not immune from the difficulties faced by other denominations, some of
which are experiencing noticeable decline in membership and financial support; and,

WHEREAS the dangers of institutionalism and bureaucratic inefficiency are ever present,
and if left unchecked will restrict our resources and limit our efforts for evangelism;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm that the Church of God is committed to
remaining a movement that promotes policies and ministries that reflect an open, sincere
effort to remain relevant to each generation; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we acknowledge God’s calling upon us to do our part to
fulfill the Great Commission and to bring spiritual renewal through the power of the Holy
Spirit to a world desperate for truth and significance; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT we steadfastly resist those institutional trends and
behaviors that would inhibit our creativity, stifle our anointing, limit our vision, or reduce
our effectiveness in fulfilling the mission God has given us as a movement.

Centennial of Church of God World Missions (2010)

WHEREAS the Church of God is committed to obeying the Great Commission of Christ to make
disciples of all nations; and,

WHEREAS the international ministry of the Church of God began with the return of Edmund S.
and Rebecca Barr to their native Bahama Islands in November 1909; and,

WHEREAS the first Church of God American missionaries, R.M. and Ida Evans and Carl
Padgett departed from the United States of America on December 31, 1909, and arrived
in the Bahama Islands on January 4, 1910; and,

WHEREAS from this incipient ministry the Church of God now ministers in 181 countries and
geographical entities; and,

WHEREAS every six hours a new Church of God is planted somewhere in the world; and,

WHEREAS the membership outside the United States and Canada is approaching six million
baptized adult members with a constituency of twelve million when you include youth
and children; and,

WHEREAS this international ministry is the result of the labors of missionaries and nationals,
supported by the prayers and finances of members of the Church of God throughout the
world; and,

WHEREAS the Church of God celebrated the World Missions Centennial with special
services in January 2010 in the Bahamas, and at this General Assembly;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that every Church of God office, agency, publication,
and congregation use this centennial celebration as an occasion to tell the story of our
missionary enterprise; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Church of God enter its second hundred years of world
missions ministry looking with a renewed vision and full commitment to complete the
work of the Great Commission by sharing Christ with 70 designated unreached people
groups.

Deity of Christ (2010)

WHEREAS in our times there is an attempt to redefine all that Jesus taught and did in a
manner that other faiths are not offended or excluded and are thereby encouraged to feel
welcomed to participate in our worship; and,

WHEREAS the call to be inclusive of other faiths and the removal of doctrinal propositions so as
to be non-offensive deliberately ignores the goals of preserving orthodox Christianity and
orthodox Christian doctrine; and,

WHEREAS Christian doctrine is being marginalized and its predominance cheapened by this
diversion from absolute truth; and,

WHEREAS there are those seeking to create Christian communities in post-modern cultures, not
based on historical Christian beliefs but rather on new dogmas, philosophies, ideologies,
and radical relativism which are all diametrically opposed to the substantive teachings of
the Holy Scriptures; and,

WHEREAS we have historically practiced “believing” and then “belonging,” and there are
those who now advocate and practice “belonging” and then “believing” based on
radical relativism, ecclesiastical paradigm shifts, and an evident disregard for sound
hermeneutical and exegetical principles of interpretation that historically have guided in
the declaration of biblical doctrines and beliefs; and,

WHEREAS at the core of these salient assaults on our beliefs and doctrines at this time is the
attempt to divest Christ of His deity by identifying Him as a mere historical figure,
devaluing Him to just a moral individual to be emulated, and in some circles discrediting
Him by falsely labeling Him an amoral person, so as to erroneously expect and anticipate
avoidance of accountability for sins and the judgment of God;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT in light of the biblically explicit teaching on the deity
of Jesus Christ, we hereby affirm that the historical, doctrinal position of the Church of
God remains irreversibly that Jesus Christ is indeed God; and,

BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED THAT because our position is corroborated by
Jesus’ preexistence (John 1:1), His sharing in divine purposes and activity (John 1:3), and
His possession of divine attributes and prerogatives (Revelation 1:8), we unequivocally
reaffirm our position that Jesus is God incarnate (Titus 2:13, 14); the Son of God
(Ephesians 1:3); the Second Person of the Trinity (Matthew 28:19); Savior of the World;
Redeemer; Sanctifier; Healer; Holy Ghost Baptizer; and Soon Coming King.

BE IT THEREFORE FINALLY RESOLVED THAT our ministers and lay constituents make
it a matter of urgency to reiterate, reaffirm, and proactively engage and transcend the
culture by the systematic preaching and teaching this core belief of the deity of Christ, as
clearly stated in our Declaration of Faith.

Multi-Cultural Ministry (2010)

WHEREAS God has called us to be a mosaic of God’s creation that enables us to embrace racial,
cultural, and linguistic differences; and,

WHEREAS Scripture explicitly states that there is no distinction between Greek and Jew,
circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and freeman, but Christ is all,
and in all (Colossians 3:11); and,

WHEREAS God’s people are ultimately not citizens of any one nation or country but of a king--
Jesus and a kingdom—the Kingdom of God; and,

WHEREAS the word of God embraces and encourages racial reconciliation and the healing and
forgiveness of past sins and hurts; and,

WHEREAS the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was to all flesh, all races, and all
ages; and,

WHEREAS the Pentecostal experience introduced possibilities for the formation of a new
community that was to be multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-lingual; and,

WHEREAS every part of the body of Christ is just as important as the other parts and are
ordained by God to have a place at the table, a voice in the conversation, and a hand in
the action; and,

WHEREAS the Church of God has experienced phenomenal growth in other nations and among
other cultures both inside and outside of the United;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we commit ourselves globally to continue to
intentionally build cross cultural relationships and continue to seek and embrace inter-
racial inclusiveness; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT we manifest multi-cultural awareness and unity in
concrete policies and behaviors that seek to provide ecclesiastical structures that reflect
multi-cultural leadership and provide multi-cultural, multi-language resources, so that the
body of Christ can participate in and be enriched by the contributions of each cultural and
ministry group.

Ministerial Care by the Local Church (2010)

WHEREAS the word “church” (ekklesia), by definition, primarily refers to the local
congregation of “called-out” believers; and,

WHEREAS one of the great gifts of Christ to the church is the pastor—the shepherd of the sheep
who compose the local congregation of believers; and,

WHEREAS Jesus warned that Satan, as a “ravening wolf” disguised in “sheep’s clothing”
(Matthew 7:15), will intentionally strive to destroy the work of the shepherd by coming
as a thief “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10); and,

WHEREAS Jesus told His disciples, “A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one
another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34); and,

WHEREAS the New Testament in several other passages specifically instructs the members of
the body of Christ, His church, to “love one another;”

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we reaffirm our commitment to the challenge of being
a church that genuinely cares for one another and to our priority statement that, “The
Church of God recognizes the local church as the foundation of all ministry activities and
will renew efforts to acknowledge, affirm, strengthen, and support the central importance
of the ministry of the local church;” and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT leadership at all levels of the church encourage and teach
local congregations how to provide quality support and care for their pastor and his/her
family by providing comfortable housing, adequate compensation, periods of rest and
relaxation, and retirement security.

Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative (2010)

WHEREAS the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative, sponsored by the Pentecostal Theological
Seminary’s Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care, has made a significant, positive
impact on hundreds of Church of God pastors; and,

WHEREAS the excellent program of care, support, and development available to Church of
God pastors through the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative has been described by Lilly
Endowment officers as “the shining star” of its similar grant-supported projects; and,

WHEREAS the pivotal point of the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative is to honor and develop
the pastor by providing ongoing supportive relationships in a group context that
empowers the pastor to be open and supportive of other pastors by sharing his or her
own experience rather than always looking to “experts;” and,

WHEREAS research funded by Lilly Endowment concluded Church of God pastors involved
in the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative lead congregations that are more missional,
more active in their communities, more participatory in nature, have more vital youth
ministries, and report 61% growth over the last five years; and,

WHEREAS Church of God pastors identified the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative in
the recent “Listening Tour” forums as one of “the most positive programs in the
denomination;” and,

WHEREAS the Church of God has demonstrated denominational support for the Pastoral
Covenant Group Initiative by investing in the psychological health, emotional well-being,
spiritual renewal, and continued growth of Church of God pastors and their spouses; and,

WHEREAS the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative is in its eighth year of implementation,
making it one of the longest-running Lilly Endowment-funded projects of its kind; and,

WHEREAS approximately 1,000 U.S. Church of God pastors are currently meeting monthly in
Pastoral Covenant Groups; and,

WHEREAS the first sixteen Pastoral Covenant Group Facilitators have been trained for eight
South American countries this past year;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED THAT we applaud the visionary leadership and creative
program development of the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative, and offer continuing
support for the Center for Pentecostal Leadership and Care staff of the Pentecostal
Theological Seminary; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative be continued and
expanded to provide value for pastors, congregations, state leadership, and the mission of
the Church of God, and positive efforts made to sustain this ministry for the present and
future welfare of the church.

GREAT COMMISSION (2010)

WHEREAS, the parting charge of Jesus Christ to the Church embodies going into all the world,
sharing the redemptive message of God’s love, baptizing converts, and guiding believers
in biblical maturity; and

WHEREAS, visionary, obedient involvement in the Great Commission represents the lifeline of
the church, the flow of supernatural manifestations, and the enriching, transforming fruit
of the Holy Spirit; and

WHEREAS, every local Church of God has the capacity to influence the life of the community,
touch the unchurched with the love of Christ, and minister with tenderness to the helpless
and hopeless; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the entire Church of God family reaffirm our total, unreserved
commitment to understanding the scope of the Great Commission and the essential
structure necessary for superior evangelism performance; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that every local church embrace a comprehensive plan to
guide adults and youth in personal soulwinning, to sponsor life-related outreach events to
impact unchurched families, and to form a love-circle to mentor believers in following in
the steps of Jesus Christ, our Savior and sustainer.

PRAYER (2010)

WHEREAS, prayer was a foundational pillar in the very beginning of the Church of God and
has undergirded our mission and message throughout the years; and

WHEREAS, our churches have been characterized as houses of prayer for all nations and all
peoples to experience the fullness of God’s divine favor and his protective oversight and
leadership; and

WHEREAS, through prayer we are issued the sustaining resources to be effective in fulfilling
the Great Commission, making disciples, and worshipping in spirit and truth; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we make prayer the central focus in maintaining unity and harmony in
the body of Christ to fulfill God’s perfect will for His people; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to emphasize that prayer is the power of
the Church for the advancement of the kingdom of God with compassion and authority;
prayer equips believers to live God-honoring lives, to model the virtues of Christ-
likeness, and to give effective witness to the saving grace of Jesus Christ through the
power of the Holy Spirit.is

GLOBAL POVERTY (2010)

Whereas, global poverty has reached alarming proportions, with 1.2 billion people living
on less that US $1.25 a day with little or no access to the basic services of nutrition,
health, and education; and,

Whereas, in 2000 the leaders of the governments of the world made promises to halve
extreme poverty by 2015; and,

Whereas, Holy Scripture is comprehensive and compelling in its mandate to “do justice,
love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8); and,

Whereas, a partnership of Evangelical and Pentecostal churches has set the goal of uniting
100 million Christians in prayer and action on global poverty;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

That we reaffirm our intention to follow the supreme example of Jesus, Lord of the Church,
who proclaimed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of God’s
favor” (Luke 4:18-29); and,

Be It Further Resolved That, we call upon the governments of the nations represented by
the international constituents of the Church of God to honor their promise to halve
extreme global poverty by 2015, holding them accountable to act with integrity and
justice on behalf of the poor.

QUEST FOR TRUST (2010)

WHEREAS, the biblical injunction, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on
your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight
your paths” (Proverbs 3:4 ESV), is a lifestyle pattern to please God and to conform to His
will and purposes; and

WHEREAS, the quality of pastoral and congregational trust can be expanded through
understanding biblical roles, open dialogue about Christ-exalting ministry, and a
commitment of scriptural loyalty to each other; and

WHEREAS, a renewed emphasis on creating a stronger degree of trust in the community toward
the Church can be achieved through love-based service, social projects, and life-enriching
activities and projects; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we come together in a covenant of trust that will shape our faith and
form a foundation for new experiences in serving God, serving each other, and serving
the community; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we make a united commitment to the formula of
Prayer—the heartbeat of the Church, the Great Commission—the solution, and the
Quest for Trust—the anchor for the future, to guide us in fulfilling our mission and
vision.

Church Planting (2010)

WHEREAS there is a critical need to plant churches within the Church of God because it honors
God and spreads His fame among the nations; and

WHEREAS one of the urgent needs of today within the Church of God is to reach the harvest
and our periods of greatest numerical growth have corresponded with direct efforts in
church planting; and

WHEREAS church planting translates God’s love into the heart language of people groups all
over the world and we must rise to the challenge and establish new, vibrant congregations
among all cultural groups; and

WHEREAS new churches are essential to God’s strategy to reach unreached people who have no
near-neighbor to tell them the story of Jesus’ love; and

WHEREAS the goal of church planting is to extend the Kingdom of God into territory
previously occupied by the enemy; and

WHEREAS in order for a new church to survive and flourish it is essential that the church
planter receives supervision, support, and accountability.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

THAT the Church of God focus its efforts on the task of planting new churches.
Our commission has never been clearer, more urgent, or more hopeful.

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH OF GOD (2010)

WHEREAS, the women of the Church of God have been a major influence on the stability and
growth of the church worldwide; and

WHEREAS, today women are a mighty force in fulfilling the Great Commission through prayer,
teaching, making disciples, and setting a godly example for the youth of the church; and

WHEREAS, the role women in the ministry of the Kingdom of God, the local church, and the
General Assembly has been discolored by the remarks of some speakers during general
council sessions; therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, that we reaffirm the value and the historical contribution of women in the
life of the Church of God; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that more leadership opportunities be offered for women in
leadership in light of their spiritual gifts and to establish a foundation for the future
involvement, training and recognition of young women growing up in the church; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we commend them for their crucial involvement in the total
scope of the ministry in the Church of God today; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we set in motion methods to highlight their dedication and
to honor them for their loyalty, leadership, and love for the Lord and the Church of God.

Attorney Listings

ATTORNEYS
Church of God Legal Services

Alabama

Blake A. Payne, Esq. Attorney at Law Bankhead-Byars
Building 1816 3rd Avenue S, Suite 101
P.O. Box 3134
Jasper, AL 35502-3134
Phone: (205) 221-4660
Fax: (205) 221-4652

Daniel S. Wolter, Esquire
Gaines, Wolter & Kinney, PC
3500 Blue Lake Drive
Suite 425
Birmingham, AL 35243

John M. Lassiter Jr., Esquire
2500 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone: 251-433-6464
Fax: 251-479-3575
Email: lassiterlawyer@aol.com

Joseph C. Denison, Sr. and Candace E. Winter Denison
Denison & Denison, PC
1621 Deer Tract Road
Opelika, AL 36801

Floyd L. Likins, Esquire
214 North College Street
Auburn, AL 36860

L.D. Holt, Esquire
PO Box 27
Minette, AL 36507
Phone: 251-937-4111
Email: ld4justice@ldholt.com

Alaska


Thomas P. Amodio
Amodio Stanley & Reeves, LLC
500 L Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-222-7100
Fax: 907-222-7199

Arizona

Scott S. Wakefield, Esq.
Ridenour Hienton, P.L.L.C.
Chase Tower
201 North Central Avenue, Suite 3300
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: swakefield@rhlfirm.com
Phone: (602) 254-9900
Fax: (602) 254-8670
Website:  www.rhlfirm.com

Arkansas

Andrea Brock
Andrea Brock, P.A.
P.O. Box 787
Forrest City, Arkansas 72336
(870)633-9900
(870)633-9903 (fax)
Email: andreabrock@att.net

California


Michael J. Woodruff, Esquire
205 Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Connecticut


Wendi J. Kemp, Attorney
McCarter & English, LLP
CityPlace I
185 Asylum Street. 36th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103-3495
Phone: 860-275-6744
Fax: 860-724-3397

DC


G. Daniel Miller, Esquire
Conner & Winter, PC
1627 I Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: 202-887-5711
Fax: 202-887-6999

Florida


R. Robert Radel, II, Esquire
Groelle & Salman
7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway
Suite 800
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-849-7201
Email: rradel@gspalaw.com

Robert J. Angerer, Esquire
PO Box 10468
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2468
Phone: 850-576-5982
Fax: 850-476-1342

 

Georgia


Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen, Forehand & Adams, LLP
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Phone:  (229) 985-3912
Fax:  (229) 890-3341
allen.forehand@justice.com


Lee B. Perkins, Esquire
305 Buckhead Avenue, Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-231-9229
Fax: 404-264-1149

Lynwood A. Maddox, Jr., Esquire
Maddox and Maddox
1455 Lincoln Pkwy East
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30346-2209
Phone: 770-563-9318

Wendell R. Bird, Esquire
Bird & Loechl, LLC
3414 Peachtree Road, NE
1150 Monarch Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-264-9400
Fax: 404-365-9731

Daniel Deems, Esquire
PO Box 2943
Cartersville, GA 30120-1700
Phone: 770-382-6144
Fax: 770-382-6193

Thomas Williams, Esquire
305 W. Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30245
Phone: 404-963-0900

Stan D. Babb, Esquire
Bentley, Bentley & Bentley
Attorneys at Law
241 Washington Avenue
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-422-2300
Email: stan@sdb-pc.com

Lionel J. Postic, Esquire
Postic & Babb, LLC
707 Whitlock Avenue
Whitlock Park Center, Suite D-31
Marietta, GA 30064-3033
Phone: 770-795-9003
Fax: 770-795-1730

Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen & Forehand
622 2nd Street, SE
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Phone: 229-985-3912
Fax: 229-890-3341

Christian Coomer, Esquire
PO Box 3574
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770-383-9171
Fax: 770-383-9170

Richard B. Herzog, Jr., Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
999 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30309-3964
Phone: 404-817-6152
Fax: 404-817-6095

Illinois


Ward P. Fisher, Esquire
1033 N. Euclid
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: 708-383-5899

Douglas Chartrand, Esquire
2055 Orchard Lake Road
Pontiac, MI 48320
Phone: 248-332-8900
Fax: 248-332-7487

Kentucky


Brien G. Freeman, Esquire
Freeman, Copeland & Childers
201 S. Main Street
Corbin, KY 40701
Phone: 606-528-1222

Richard V. Murphy, Esquire
250 W. Main Street, Suite 301
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-281-5641
Fax: 859-281-5644

Louisiana


Leroy A. Hartley, Esquire
1805 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: 504-943-8046

Gary M. Peltier, Esquire
Attorney at Law
15828 Professional Plaza
Hammond, LA 70403
Phone: 504-345-8981
Fax: 504-345-8983

T. Allen Usry, Esquire
Usry, Weeks & Matthews
1615 Poydras Street
Suite 1250
New Orleans, LA 70112

Patricia A. Garcia, Attorney at Law
PO Box 24098
New Orleans, LA 70184-4098

Maryland


Bryan Hyre, Esquire
Lessans, Praley, & McCormick
7419 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 29160-3592
Phone: 410-760-5000

Massachusetts


David Raish, Esquire
Ropes & Gray, LLP
One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-951-7000
Fax: 617-951-7050

Michigan


Johnston, Szyikiel, Hunt, Goldstein, Fitzgibbons & Clifford, PC
1301 West Long Lake Road, Suite 250
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: 248-641-1800
Fax: 248-641-3845

Robert L. Loesch, Esquire
32279 Cross Bow
Birmingham, MI 48025

Minnesota


Hubert V. Forcier, Esquire
Faegre & Benson, LLP
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Phone: 612-766-7000
Fax: 612-766-1600

Mississippi


Gregory L. Harper, Esquire
Sanford & Harper
3 Country Place
Pearl, MS 39208-6662
Phone: 601-420-2211
Fax: 601-420-2222

Michael W. Boyd, Esquire
809 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38702

Missouri


Richard Hammar, Esquire
Legal Counsel
The General Counsel of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-862-9445
Fax: 417-863-6614

J. Michael Riehn, Esquire
Law Offices of J. Michael Riehn, PC
301 West 8th
Cassville, MO 65625

Montana


Mike Milodragovich, Esquire
Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner & Binney, PC
PO Box 4947
Missoula, MT 49806-4947
Phone: 406-728-1455
Fax: 406-549-7077

Michael J. Lilly, Esquire
Berg, Lilly & Tollefsen
1 West Main
Bozeman, MT 59715

New Jersey


Gary M. Jeffas, Esquire
20 Davis Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032
Phone: 201-998-2211

Nicholas T. Menas, Esquire
Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim, PA
1125 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Phone: 609-344-3161
Fax: 609-344-0939

New York


Peter C. Cotelidis, Esquire
Attorney at Law
200 Old Country Road, Suite 190
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: 516-484-3111
Fax: 516-484-0201

North Carolina

Frank A. Hirsch, Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
GlenLake One, Suite 200
4140 Parklake Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: 919-329-3853
Fax: 919-329-3898

New York


Stephen A. Humsjo, Esquire
8 Greenwood Avenue
PO Box 479
East Islip, NY 11730
Phone: 516-581-6777
Fax: 516-581-6784

Ohio


James B. Hadden, Esquire
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
Phone: 800-533-2794
Fax: 614-227-2100

Bill W. Cummins, Esquire
Law Office of Bill W. Cummins Co.
105 Court Stret
Suite 204
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: 513-868-9985

J. Jeffrey McNealey, Esquire
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-227-2074
Fax: 614-227-2100

Oklahoma


Robert E. Cowan, Esquire
Gibbs Armstrong Borochoff
500 Petroleum Club Building
601 South Boulder Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74119
Phone: 918-587-3939
Fax: 918-582-5504

Gary E. Payne, Esquire
Gary E. Payne, Inc.
11212 N. May, Suite 205
Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0578

South Carolina


Carol B. Ervin, Attorney
Young Clements Rivers, LLP
PO Box 993
Charleston, SC 29401-0993
Phone: 843-577-4000
Fax: 843-724-6600

Thomas A. Bright, Esquire
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
PO Box 2757
Greenville, SC 29602
Phone: 864-240-8352
Fax: 864-235-4754

J. Kevin Crain, Esquire
Crain Law Firm, LLC
636 Long Point Road G#95
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-735-7602
Email: kevin@kevincrain.com

David E. Simpson, Esquire
125 Hampton Street, Suite 102
Rock Hill, SC 29730-3595
Phone: 803-324-2738

Ronnie J. Treadwell, Esquire
510 E. Calhoun Street
Anderson, SC 29621-5805

Stephanie Holmes Burton, Attorney
Gibbes Burton, LLC
308 East St. John Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: 864-327-5000
Fax: 864-327-5001

James W. Logan, Jr., Esquire
Logan Jolly & Smith, LLP
1805 North Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29621
Phone: 864-226-1910
Fax: 864-226-1931

Tennessee


Harvey L. Sproul, Esquire
Sproul & Hinton
205 East Broadway
Lenoir City, TN 37771
Phone: 865-986-8054
Fax: 864-986-8706

Josiah Baker, Esquire
W. Joseph Hollis, Jr., Esquire
Baker, Kinsman, Hollis, Clelland & Winer, PC
1500 First Tennessee Building
701 Market Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402-4825
Phone: 423-756-3333
Fax: 423-756-3337

Jim W. Bilbo, Esquire
Bilbo Law Office
150 N Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-476-3556
Email: info@bilbolaw.com

Rick Pemberton, Esquire
PO Box 5243
Sevierville, TN 37862
Phone: 423-428-5787

Dennis W. Watkins, Legal Counsel
Church of God International Offices
PO Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430
Phone: 423-478-7056
Fax: 423-478-7922

James F. Logan, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
30 Second Street
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364-0191
Phone: 423-476-2251
Fax: 423-472-0211

John R. Bode, Esquire
Miller & Martin
Suite 1000 Volunteer Bldg.
832 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289
Phone: 423-785-8320
Fax: 423-785-8480

J. Dewayne Bunch, Esquire
443 Worth Street, NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-479-2157

Texas


J. Shelby Sharpe, Esquire
Sharpe Tillman & Melton
6100 Western Place, Suite 1000
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-338-4900
Fax: 817-332-6818

Earl R. King, Esquire
2110 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX 76086

Julie L. Bloss, Legal Counsel
Southern Baptist Annuity Board
2401 Cedar Springs
PO Box 2190
Dallas, TX 75221-2190
Phone: 214-720-0511
Fax: 214-720-4666

Gary S. Nash, Esquire
Attorney at Law
7557 Rambler Road
Suite 1340
Dallas, TX 75231
Phone: 214-373-4200
Fax: 214-691-2861

Paul H. Williamson, Esquire
Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP
3423 S. Soncy Road, Suite 300
Amarillo, TX 79119
Phone: 806-358-8116
Fax: 806-358-1901

L. Darlene Mitchell
Attorney at Law
Burt Barr & Associates, LLP
203 East Colorado Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75203
Phone: 214-943-0012
Fax: 214-943-0048

Listing of the attorneys above does not constitute an endorsement or warranty as to their services. If you as a Church of God constituent or minister have any experience, positive or negative with any of the above attorneys, and you think that we should know about it, please advise.

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Child Abuse / Molestation

This area is of course a very fertile area for lawsuits against churches in our day. The very best materials on this subject, in my opinion, are provided under the name Reducing the Risk – Keeping Your Ministry Safe from Child Sexual Abuse and are marketed by Christianity Today International, 465 Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188; toll free number: 877-247-4787; website: www.reducingtherisk.com.

The above course points out the four basic areas of need in preventing problems in this area:

1. Screening for paid and volunteer workers. Remember, apply a six-month rule for all workers.

2. Supervision Make sure two adults are in classrooms with children, at all times, and that your
church has windows in all doors and other areas.

3. Reporting This is a very major issue for many ministers confronted with certain news or
information about alleged abuse. It is very important to know if your state has a rule limiting
a certain period of time in which you must report an allegation of sexual abuse. If you are not
aware of same, or if an allegation arises in your church, please contact us, so that we can refer
you to an attorney to provide you assistance in this area. Not reporting an alleged incident of
child abuse in your state can result in serious penalties against you or the church.

4. Responding properly to an allegation of child sexual abuse is also very important.

Once again, the Reducing the Risk seminar contains an excellent video, as well as written
materials and sample forms for dealing with this issue.

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Insurance Information

Insurance Issues

Insurance is without a doubt the most important issue we can cover, because a church that thinks" it is insured but is not insured or is under-insured, is going to face some serious problems. Particularly, insurance is valuable because most policies cover for defense costs, which can range in the thousands of dollars, even for a frivolous case.

The following questions are very important in determining your insurance:

1. Who is your carrier? Does this carrier routinely insure churches, on a broad scale?

2. In case of a fire loss, is your building insured for full replacement costs? In the alternative, in the event of a fire loss, is your church insured to value?

3. In case of a fire loss, does your church's policy have a co-insurance penalty? Most policies state that in the event of a fire loss, if your building is not insured at least up to a certain percentage (usually 80-90%) of the fair market value or actual replacement value of your building, at the time of the loss, there may be a penalty involved. This means that you may have less insurance coverage than you think in the event of catastrophic fire loss.

4. Does your church's policy have non-owned and hired auto/vehicle coverage for your church? This coverage allows a person who is on church business or in the furtherance of church activities, who is driving a vehicle not owned by the church, to have insurance coverage in the event of an accident. However, you must have the right clause in your policy.

5. Does your church's insurance policy have a sexual misconduct endorsement?

6. If you have employees, have you complied with state laws regarding workers compensation insurance? This includes church schools and day cares.

We cannot stress enough how important it is that you understand what type of liability and other insurance coverage that you have available to your church. Be sure to ask your agent what exclusions apply to your policy.

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Counseling

The counseling area is a persistently problematic area, and there are surprising statistics of admitted improprieties by ministers in a counseling setting.

Be sure to note that the term counseling has been given broad definition by some courts, including, but not limited to, a telephone call, tarrying after church, talking to a minister, or a young person talking to a youth pastor.

Be sure that you study some good sources on counseling, to understand some boundaries about counseling.

The main point that should be made about counseling is that our ministers must make their counseling spiritual, unless the minister is a licensed professional. Spiritual counseling is defined as based on an understanding of scripture, and not rooted in psychotherapeutic principles.

Be sure that the person you are counseling with understands that you may have to disclose certain facts told to you, such as commission of crimes or a child abuse. Also, counseling should be done only during church hours, with others there. Sessions for counseling should not last over 45 minutes, and the number of sessions a year should be limited.

If one of your ministers sees that he is over his head in a counseling relationship, he should get out of that relationship as soon as possible and refer that person to a qualified and trained professional.

Church Employment

This area is certainly a hot trend topic for church law. If you have a day care or a church school with a number of employees, you certainly need to know these rules.

In former years, employees were terminable at will, meaning that persons could be relieved of employment at any time and for any reason. Also, employees could end their employment at any time, at will. However, in recent years, state and federal laws have come into place which change this picture.

If you have a church policy handbook or an employee handbook, it should contain a clause which says, This document does not constitute a contract of employment..."

Also, there is a litany of federal statutes that exist, which, if they apply, may result in serious consequences regarding termination of employees. They are, among others:

1. Title VII Civil Rights Act of 1964 This Act covers discrimination because of sexual harassment, racial or ethnic discrimination, and other areas of protection. The Act covers hiring, firing, and many things in between.

2. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

3. The Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA).

4. American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

5. Fair Labor Standards Act which covers minimum wages.

6. Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (if applicable).

There is an excellent labor law firm in the Atlanta area, Postic and Babb, made up of Church of God-affiliated attorneys, who are experts in this field. One of the members of this firm has written a treatise on this subject entitled, Wrongful Termination. This is a very helpful book. Another helpful source is a book entitled, The Church Guide to Employment Law, by Julie L. Bloss. This book can be ordered through Christian Ministry Resources (see above).

Also, be sure that your church carries proper worker's compensation insurance. This can be a very problematic area if you do not carry it.

In short, be very careful about labor relations and termination of employees. This is a new area of law that can be very troublesome for the unwary minister or church.

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Defamation

Defamation is defined as the speaking and publishing of false, distorted and misleading information about another, in a way that harms that person's reputation. Libel is written or published information, and slander is oral or verbal defamation.

Advise your pastors not to use the background stories or experiences of others in illustrations, without obtaining the consent of the person involved.

Be careful to advise your ministers not to violate confidences shared with them in a ministerial setting.

Undue Influences

Advise your ministers to be careful about receiving gifts from elderly persons or persons who may appear to be susceptible to the undue influence of a minister or church.

Any time such a person desires to give or will something to you or one of your ministers or a church, be sure that person gets independent legal advice, which means sending him or her to his or her lawyer, or a lawyer not connected with the church. This will remove the taint of undue influence.

Church Financing Programs

Application of Securities Law to Church Bond and Financing Programs

This is a new area of church law, which may continue to be more prevalent.

Under these rules, securities laws are enforced against churches or ministers, in the same way that they are enforced against corporations for fraudulent stock issues. In some cases, ministers have been held to be criminally and civilly liable.

In general, there should not be a material omission of financial information about the church or its financing or its building program. Material misrepresentations of the financial strength of condition of a church can lead to problems. There should not be false predictions of success or pay-back probabilities on these programs. Also, unfounded guarantees can result in problems.