A small South Georgia congregation is in the rebuilding process and is seeking a youth pastor to relaunch their Relentless Fire Youth. This is currently a volunteer position, but will become a paid position as the church grows. Must be self motivated, have a passion for youth, and willing to build the youth from the ground up. For more information please contact Pastor John Calhoun at email address firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Church at the Well is a new church plant in the city of Saint Petersburg, Florida. We are seeking an individual or married couple with a calling to minister, reach and disciple children ages 5-9. The Children's pastor must have the ability to build a children's ministry from the ground up. Potential candidates will need to be local or willing to relocate as well as be bi-vocational. This is a volunteer position, however, the goal is to provide a weekly compensation as the church is able to do so. The candidates must be church of God credentialed or being in the credentialing process is preferred but not required. Finally, all candidates must submit to a background check and the candidates will be asked to pay for the background check. All interested candidates contact Pastor Gerard Joseph at email@example.com
Church at the Well is a new church plant in the city of Saint Petersburg, Florida. We are seeking an individual or married couple with a calling to minister, reach, and disciple young people. The youth pastor must have the ability to build a youth ministry from the ground up. Potential candidates will need to be local or willing to relocate as well as be bi-vocational. This is a volunteer position, however, the goal is to provide a weekly compensation as the church is able to do so. The candidates must be church of God credentialed or being in the credentialing process is preferred, but not required. Finally, all candidates must submit to a background check and the candidates will be asked to pay for the background check. All interested candidates contact Pastor Gerard Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org
Crane Eater Community Church is growing! We are building a new Family Life Center, which includes a full size gym, kitchen, and 100 seat youth room and we are in need of a full time Youth Pastor The right candidate is licensed or seeking their license and is someone who is fully committed that their calling is to work with youth. The right individual is someone who is a team player, innovative, and works well with other members of the leadership team.
The youth pastor will be responsible for teaching the youth during Sunday School and conducting a worship service in the youth room on Wed. evenings. The chosen candidate will be responsible for building the youth group, including planning and leading special events geared for youth.
Benefits Package will be commensurate with education and experience in accordance with a salary range set by the Pastors Council.
For a full job description of this position and to submit your resume please email us at: email@example.com
Looking for a young couple wanting to help with the vision in White Cloud, MI. We are looking for someone to lead our student ministries (7th-12th grades). Duties would included conducting student classes on Wednesday's, quarterly youth emphasis Sunday service, holiday productions, outreach events and monthly activities. This position is a bivocational position. There is a package being made available to the right candidate that will include a small salary and possible housing. Please email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lakeshore Drive Church of God is currently seeking someone for the position of Music Pastor/Worship Leader. Currently we have a blended music style of traditional and contemporary as well as some gospel music. The qualified individual would be able to play piano or keyboard as well as lead worship with the help of our worship team. If you are interested and would like more information please contact Pastor Greg Roland at email@example.com.
Orchard Church is seeking a part time worship leader. We are distinctively modern and vibrant in style and we value meaningful experiences with God. We don’t want Sundays to become predicable.
While excellence is very important to us, having a sense of God’s presence and power in worship is even more important. Our worship is meant to bring the believer deeper and closer but also to invite the non-believer into an exciting and moving experience without leaving them behind. We worship to music from Elevation, Hillsong, Central Live, North Point, Passion, Bethel, Jesus Culture and other worship bands like these.
Task and Role
Ensure weekly services are Jesus-centered, well-planned and staffed with volunteers.
Design and plan services, events and message series with Lead Pastor and creative team.
Recruit, and develop worship leaders, production team, lights, and audio team.
Oversee all elements of the worship gatherings, such as promotional videos, sound, props, stage design, communion, baptisms, etc.
Schedule team members to serve via Planning Center. You must be able to use or learn both Planning Center and ProPresenter.
Additional responsibilities as required.
Position is Part Time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upper Room Church of God, located in Northwest Ohio, is seeking an anointed worship leader who is saved, baptized, and filled with the Holy Spirit.
If you are energetic, self-motivated, have great people skills, then this may be the position for you!
We are looking for someone who can play keyboard and can lead and enhance our music ministry. This position is full time with benefits.
The Worship Leader will be responsible of our worship ministry (choir, vocalists, and band members) and must work in harmony with the lead pastor and other staff.
We’d love to see or hear about what you have to offer. Please send resume with video links to email@example.com. and include the best time to reach out to you.
Northwest Church of God is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. Someone who is licensed,or wants to get their credentials, is welcome to inquire.The church seeks someone who is a team player and works well with other members of the leadership team.
The youth pastor will be responsible for teaching the youth on Wednesday evenings. The chosen candidate will be responsible for building the youth group and leading special events geared for youth. Our church is right across the street from a middle school. We have a full gym and a great youth facility. If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hope Church of God is looking for a part time children's pastor that thinks outside the box. We desire someone to pastor, mentor and disciple children into becoming a leader in the church and community.
The ideal candidate will try new things, continually seek to improve themselves and ministry, desire to be discipled and encourage others to change their world.
Compensation is available. If interested please contact Pastor Nathan at email@example.com
Marion Church of God is seeking a Worship Leader. This position is for someone called to lead people into a deeper relationship with Christ through a life filled with worship. We are looking for someone that can work with our praise team leading and training them in an anointed music ministry. Preferably someone that plays the keyboard or guitar and can lead instrumentally and vocally for our Sunday morning service. Sunday mornings are the only services we are needing the praise team for now, but we are looking at beginning our Sunday night services again in the near future. If you are interested in being a part of something great the Lord is getting ready to do then you definitely want to be a part of the Marion Church of God and we would love to meet with you!! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Waynesboro Church Of God is currently seeking someone to fill the role of Worship/Youth Pastor. They will need to be able to play an instrument and lead worship. We are a blend of contemporary and traditional. This is a paid position. You may email a resume to email@example.com For more details you may contact Pastor Matt Wigley at 706-554-3229.
Bradford Sanctuary of Praise is interviewing for the position of Music Minister. BSOP is a Word-based - Spirit led ministry, with emphasis on powerful praise and intimate worship experiences. Music minister must be able to lead the musicians, worship team, choir, media and sound personnel. This is a paid staff position which works closely with the Lead Pastor. If interested, contact Jeff Noles at 205-639-3514.
Family Fellowship is in search for a qualified children's pastor. This position is vital to the vision of the church which is to "help families grow". This qualified candidate or couple will be directly accountable to the senior pastor. St.Charles is a growing city with over 70,000 people making up the population and over 300,000 making up St. Charles county. This position is volunteer based at this time, but will be staffed as soon as the resource comes available. If you are called, and looking for a great opportunity, please contact pastor Josh Vandergraph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
York Church of God is currently seeking someone to fill the role of worship pastor. Currently, we are doing a blend of traditional and modern worship. We are seeking someone who is able to add a gospel flare as well as be competent in leading people into the presence of the Lord. Being able to play keys would be an added bonus, but not necessary. If you are interested in this position and more details please email the lead pastor at email@example.com
The Heart of Florida Youth Ranch is seeking couples for the Direct Care staff. Please go to http://www.hofyr.org for details, contact information, and details or call the office at, 352-595-7100.
Redenption Life Church of God is seeking someone to establish a full rounded youth program with complete oversight. Other duties are to assist the pastor in multiple areas. We are a growing congregation in an unlimited area, To inquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valley City Church of God is seeking a Pastor of Operations and Assimilation.
Pastoral Executive Team: Send cover letter, resume and ministry materials to Pastorreed@frontier.com
Position: Full-Time, Salary Package
Minimum of 10 years of ministry service. Seminary / Credential Minister or willingness to further your education in the ministry field, through Church of God International, TN. The church is very supportive in helping you grow in ministry, as well as providing you with all of the necessary resources, in order to assist you with walking in your calling.
River Church is searching for a Pastor of Operations and Assimilation who can assist Senior Lead Pastor with the task of growing the ministry. Pastor of Operations and Assimilation will help assist daily church ministries, as well as helping and assisting the implementation of new ministries. Pastor of operations and assimilation must be willing to preach / teach. This Pastor will help day-to-operations and lead a team that is tasked with integrating new people in the church through Sunday morning and mid-week services. Must have a desire to bring the gospel message to college students, millennial's, and members of all ages.
Strategic duties for Pastor of Operations and Assimilation include the following: Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and representing church effectively through all forms of clergy duties. Clergy duties consist of preaching, praying, fasting, biblical counseling, and training others. Ideal Pastor will have church experience in organizational management and human resources. This Pastor will help, assist, and work a long side of Executive Pastor. Also, work a long side our future Outreach Pastor and Creative Arts/Media Pastor. Operations Pastor will assist all church ministry teams and directors. Responsible for supervision of church staff and assisting church volunteers. Pastor of Operations and assimilation will report to Senior Lead Pastor.
Possess the ability to implement and lead; including leadership competence, communication skills, team building principles, and emotional biblical support.
Please no phone calls. We look forward to reviewing your qualifications. Once we receive your resume, we will send you a confirmation, and keep you as a part of the process. Elders will be heavily in prayer, and will only select candidates who meet the criteria for the selection process. Please be in prayer and fasting. Only the right candidate will be selected.
Real Life Church is searching for someone who senses a calling to Children's Ministry. Applicant should have a faithful testimony within the church. Must be able to organize and lead an effective Children's Ministry for the sake of making disciples among our children. Must be able to recruit and train a team to serve in this ministry. Compensation is available. Please email email@example.com.
The Gastonia-Lowell Church is seeking a Music Director hungry to lead our church in a blend of traditional and contemporary worship. We are in the greaterharlotte, Gastonia N.C. area. This is a part time salaried position with housing and utilities. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Church is seeking a fun, exciting, organized leader who is passionate about Kids Ministry, and leading little people to becoming fully devoted followers of Christ!
If this is you, and you are looking to join an incredible team of leaders, who get to be part of an amazing Faith Community in Metro Detroit, then shoot us a text, and lets talk about it! Please text Pastor Sam Anderson at 313-919-5371.
Soldotna Church of God is seeking a Christian couple for a full time position. One would serve as the director of the church owned Christian camp and conference center (alaskachristianretreat.org). The other would serve the church owned Day Care and Preschool as the assistant director. The minimum requirements for the day care would be a CDA or degree in early childhood education or equivalent. Salary: (DOE) + housing!
If you have the heart and commitment we can provide the training! Only serious inquiries apply! This is ALASKA! It is a long way from almost everywhere! It is the “mission field”! Please call 907-262-4729 for more information or details or email Pastor Alan Humphries at email@example.com.
The Connections / First Impressions Director at The Crossing east Ridge (TCER) is to be a networking leader whose responsibilities include equipping and connecting people to the church:
- by identifying first time guest and pointing them out to leadership.
- overseeing and training greeters and parking lot team and actively recruiting to these teams.
- Design and develop a plan along with the Senior Campus Pastor to capitalize on every visitor that visits our church to the possibility of attending Growth Track and becoming a regular member.
- Connecting and tracking people from their first visit all the way through to serving in the church. Maintaining a process of assimilation into the life and ministry of the church.
The Connections / First Impressions Director will work under the direct supervision of the Lead Campus Pastor and in harmony with other ministry team leaders in fulfilling the church’s mission and vision.
What you probably want to know:
- This is a volunteer opportunity to be apart of a growing and life changing church where people are being saved.
- You must like to eat because we eat at almost every leadership team meeting.
- Those with season passes for Tennessee Vols 2018 Football move to the front of the line. (Just Kidding)
- Needs sense of humor! (if you aren’t at least smiling a little by now, you may not be the best F.I.T. for the First Impressions Team)
Resume’ , a short email, or bio can be submitted to Daniel Beard, Campus Pastor at Daniel@CrossingChatt.com or feel free to call me at 423-443-0280 if interested.
Paragould Church of God is seeking a College and Career Pastor (preferably a husband and wife team) to teach a Sunday School class and conduct small group activities for our College and Career members. We are seeking for someone who feels called to this particular area of ministry, someone who can build a good program, bring in new members, and disciples this particular age group.
Right now, this is a volunteer position but it could certainly work into a paid position. To inquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paragould Church of God is seeking an assistant Children's Pastor to assist with our younger children's church service on Sunday mornings.This would be a volunteer position for the time being
This person will be responsible for assisting the Children's Pastor for the 4 to 6 year olds. The qualified candidate would also fill in from time to time for the Children's Pastor of this group. Must be willing to submit to a background check.
Please email email@example.com
Paragould Church of God is seeking a part-time Youth Pastor. Someone who is licensed, someone who knows that their calling is to work with youth is preferred. The church seeks someone who is a team player and works well with other members of the leadership team.
The youth pastor will be responsible for teaching the youth during Sunday School and conducting a worship service in the youth room on Wed. evenings. The youth pastor may be called upon to fill in for the Lead Pastor from time to time. The chosen candidate will be responsible for building the youth group and leading special events geared for youth.
To inquire, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church of God at Christopher, Illinois seeks a gifted Lead Pastor to direct a relauch venture. There is a debt-free church building and parsonage waiting to be utilized. The sanctuary seats approximately 120 people and the church includes nursery, childrens, office and fellowship areas. Christopher is a southern Illinois town located 20 miles northeast of Carbondale, IL, home of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Christopher (Franklin County, 40,000 population) has a population around of around 3,000 people, and is just outside the larger town of Benton (population of 7,300). The population is generationally diverse with 21.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older.
A qualified candidate will be bivocational, self-motivated and able to build a church congregation from the ground up. The only compensation will be the parsonage. While the properties are debt-free, the utilities and operational expenses will be the responsibility of the local church. The pastor of the Christopher Church will be provided with the support of the District Overseer, as well as the State Administrative Bishop, which includes a coaching network directed specifically for small church pastors.
Interested candidates will send a resume (including references) and a cover letter to Administrative Bishop, Rick Whitter at email@example.com. Those responding otherwise will not be considered.
LifeChurch in Bloomington, Minnesota has multiple positions available to qualified persons. Ideally, we would like to hire a married couple to help us in the following four areas of the church:
1. Worship Leader
2. Children’s Pastor
3. Youth Pastor
4. Office Manager/Secretary
Our greatest and immediate need is in the area of Worship Leader.
Each of these positions would be part-time jobs which would make possible the creation of two hybrid positions. We wish to have these four part-time positions filled by two employees. The church is flexible concerning education, experience, and vocational aspirations.
Bloomington Minnesota is located immediately south of Minneapolis and is 10-15 minutes from Minneapolis International Airport and the Mall of America. The church operates a Christian School, LifeAcademy, which serves Pre-school through eighth grade students.
If you are interested or would like to hear more information regarding these positions, please contact Senior Pastor Dennis Whitter. Interested parties may contact the pastor at any time.
Church Office Phone: 952 884 0594.
Cell Phone: 952 270 5834.
Our church desires to fill these positions by November 11, 2017.
The Cooley Ave. Church of God is currently searching for a Youth Pastor to join their staff. This is a part-time position and would require the candidate to be bi-vocational. The candidate must be able to relate to a diverse group of students as our church is, and is based in a diverse area of Cleveland, Ohio. Interested candidates can send resumes and questions to Pastor Josh Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orchard Church is seeking a guitarist, drummer and singers to build our worship team. For more information contact email@example.com.
Inverness Church of God is seeking a student pastor for grades 6-12. Must be a Spirit-filled follower of Christ who embraces our vision and Statement of Faith. Credentialed minister of the gospel (or willing to pursue credentialing) with 3-5 years church ministry experience preferred. Christian related degree preferred. Successful candidate should possess a cooperative team mindset with strong organizational abilities and able to lead a team of volunteers. Should have a passion to disciple students, a joyful sense of humor, and view self as a partner with parents/guardians. This is a paid position and a married couple is preferred. For more information or to inquire, please email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orchard Church is seeking a creative and fun children's pastor who desires to see the heart of children pointed to Christ. The applicant must have a strong relationship with Christ and outstanding character. The pastor will lead each Sunday morning children church service and train and oversee volunteers. The Children's Pastor will also need to have a heart to engage with parents in partnering with them in raising their children for Christ. This position is part time. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Graysville Church of God is seeking to fill the position of Youth Pastor with an anointed couple called and equipped to serve a busy and exciting, Pentecostal church. If you are interested, please submit a resume with references to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Prefer ministry credentials or at least willing or in the process. We are located about 45 minutes from Lee University and only 30 minutes from North Chattanooga.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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."
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."
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.
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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
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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.
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"
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"
The General Assembly took place July 27-30, 2010, in Orlando Florida.To visit the official website of the GA2010 please visit.
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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."
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.
"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
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.
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
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.;
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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).
WHEREAS, on August 19, 2011, the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Church of God will be
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;
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Church of God Legal Services
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
Birmingham, AL 35243
John M. Lassiter Jr., Esquire
2500 Dauphin Street
Mobile, AL 36606
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
Thomas P. Amodio
Amodio Stanley & Reeves, LLC
500 L Street, Suite 300
Anchorage, AK 99501
Scott S. Wakefield, Esq.
Ridenour Hienton, P.L.L.C.
201 North Central Avenue, Suite 3300
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 254-9900
Fax: (602) 254-8670
Andrea Brock, P.A.
P.O. Box 787
Forrest City, Arkansas 72336
Michael J. Woodruff, Esquire
205 Carrillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Wendi J. Kemp, Attorney
McCarter & English, LLP
185 Asylum Street. 36th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103-3495
G. Daniel Miller, Esquire
Conner & Winter, PC
1627 I Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
F. Robert Radel, II, Esquire
Butler Pappas, LLP
One Harbour Place
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 500
Tampa, FL 33602
Robert J. Angerer, Esquire
PO Box 10468
Tallahassee, FL 32302-2468
John B. White, Esquire
1921 Ascott Road
N. Palm Beach, FL 33408Phone: 772-341-3388
Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen, Forehand & Adams, LLP
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Phone: (229) 985-3912
Fax: (229) 890-3341
Lee B. Perkins, Esquire
305 Buckhead Avenue, Suite 201
Atlanta, GA 30305
Lynwood A. Maddox, Jr., Esquire
Maddox and Maddox
1455 Lincoln Pkwy East
Atlanta, GA 30346-2209
Wendell R. Bird, Esquire
Bird & Loechl, LLC
3414 Peachtree Road, NE
1150 Monarch Plaza
Atlanta, GA 30326
Daniel Deems, Esquire
PO Box 2943
Cartersville, GA 30120-1700
Thomas Williams, Esquire
305 W. Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30245
Stan D. Babb, Esquire
Postic & Babb, LLC
707 Whitlock Avenue
Whitlock Park Center, Suite D-31
Marietta, GA 30064-3033
Lionel J. Postic, Esquire
Postic & Babb, LLC
707 Whitlock Avenue
Whitlock Park Center, Suite D-31
Marietta, GA 30064-3033
Jon V. Forehand, Esquire
Allen & Forehand
622 2nd Street, SE
PO Box 1687
Moultrie, GA 31776-1687
Christian Coomer, Esquire
PO Box 3574
Cartersville, GA 30120
Richard B. Herzog, Jr., Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
999 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309-3964
Ward P. Fisher, Esquire
1033 N. Euclid
Oak Park, IL 60302
Douglas Chartrand, Esquire
2055 Orchard Lake Road
Pontiac, MI 48320
Brien G. Freeman, Esquire
Freeman, Copeland & Childers
201 S. Main Street
Corbin, KY 40701
Richard V. Murphy, Esquire
250 W. Main Street, Suite 301
Lexington, KY 40507
Leroy A. Hartley, Esquire
1805 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116
Gary M. Peltier, Esquire
Attorney at Law
15828 Professional Plaza
Hammond, LA 70403
T. Allen Usry, Esquire
Usry, Weeks & Matthews
1615 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Patricia A. Garcia, Attorney at Law
PO Box 24098
New Orleans, LA 70184-4098
Bryan Hyre, Esquire
Lessans, Praley, & McCormick
7419 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Glen Burnie, MD 29160-3592
David Raish, Esquire
Ropes & Gray, LLP
One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
Witold Sztykiel, Esquire
Bigler, Berry, Johnston, Sztykiel & Hunt
1301 West Long Lake Road, Suite 250
Troy, MI 48098
Robert L. Loesch, Esquire
32279 Cross Bow
Birmingham, MI 48025
Hubert V. Forcier, Esquire
Faegre & Benson, LLP
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402-3901
Gregory L. Harper, Esquire
Sanford & Harper
3 Country Place
Pearl, MS 39208-6662
Michael W. Boyd, Esquire
809 Main Street
Greenville, MS 38702
Richard Hammar, Esquire
The General Counsel of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
J. Michael Riehn, Esquire
Law Offices of J. Michael Riehn, PC
301 West 8th
Cassville, MO 65625
Mike Milodragovich, Esquire
Milodragovich, Dale, Steinbrenner & Binney, PC
PO Box 4947
Missoula, MT 49806-4947
Michael J. Lilly, Esquire
Berg, Lilly & Tollefsen
1 West Main
Bozeman, MT 59715
Gary M. Jeffas, Esquire
20 Davis Avenue
Kearny, NJ 07032
Nicholas T. Menas, Esquire
Cooper Levenson April Niedelman & Wagenheim, PA
1125 Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Peter C. Cotelidis, Esquire
Attorney at Law
200 Old Country Road, Suite 190
Mineola, NY 11501
Edward E. Hollowell, Esquire
5511 Capital Center Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Frank A. Hirsch, Esquire
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
GlenLake One, Suite 200
4140 Parklake Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
Stephen A. Humsjo, Esquire
8 Greenwood Avenue
PO Box 479
East Islip, NY 11730
James B. Hadden, Esquire
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6194
Bill W. Cummins, Esquire
Law Office of Bill W. Cummins Co.
105 Court Stret
Hamilton, OH 45011
J. Jeffrey McNealey, Esquire
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
41 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Robert E. Cowan, Esquire
Gibbs Armstrong Borochoff
500 Petroleum Club Building
601 South Boulder Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74119
Gary E. Payne, Esquire
Gary E. Payne, Inc.
11212 N. May, Suite 205
Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0578
Carol B. Ervin, Attorney
Young Clements Rivers, LLP
PO Box 993
Charleston, SC 29401-0993
Thomas A. Bright, Esquire
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC
PO Box 2757
Greenville, SC 29602
J. Kevin Crain, Esquire
Young, Clement, Rivers & Tisdale, LLP
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
David E. Simpson, Esquire
125 Hampton Street, Suite 102
Rock Hill, SC 29730-3595
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
James W. Logan, Jr., Esquire
Logan Jolly & Smith, LLP
1805 North Blvd.
Anderson, SC 29621
Harvey L. Sproul, Esquire
Sproul & Hinton
205 East Broadway
Lenoir City, TN 37771
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
Michael E. Callaway, Esquire
Bell & Associates, PC
PO Box 1169
Cleveland, TN 37364-1169
Jimmy W. Bilbo, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364
Rick Pemberton, Esquire
PO Box 5243
Sevierville, TN 37862
Dennis W. Watkins, Legal Counsel
Church of God International Offices
PO Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430
James F. Logan, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
30 Second Street
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364-0191
John R. Bode, Esquire
Miller & Martin
Suite 1000 Volunteer Bldg.
832 Georgia Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2289
Willard W. (Bill) Watts, Esquire
PO Box 2982
Cleveland, TN 37320
J. Dewayne Bunch, Esquire
443 Worth Street, NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
J. Michael Sharp, Esquire
Varnell, Burns & Sharp, PC
175 Spring St. NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Jim Bilbo, Esquire
Bilbo Law Office
PO Box 62
Cleveland, TN 37364
Phone: (423) 476-3556
Fax: (423) 476-3551
J. Shelby Sharpe, Esquire
Sharpe Tillman & Melton
6100 Western Place, Suite 1000
Fort Worth, TX 76107
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
Gary S. Nash, Esquire
Attorney at Law
7557 Rambler Road
Dallas, TX 75231
Paul H. Williamson, Esquire
Burdett, Morgan, Williamson & Boykin, LLP
3423 S. Soncy Road, Suite 300
Amarillo, TX 79119
L. Darlene Mitchell
Attorney at Law
Burt Barr & Associates, LLP
203 East Colorado Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75203
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
On January 1, 1995, a federal act came into effect, which applies to church-owned or leased vans or buses used for interstate church-related functions. In particular, this would apply when your churches use church-owned or leased vehicles to cross state lines on church activities.
The act states that the vehicle must carry over sixteen (16) passengers including the driver or have a gross weight of over 10,001 pounds in order to apply.
There are numerous requirements under the act, including qualified drivers with commercial driver's licenses. Certain amounts of insurance must be maintained, and certain methods of operation must be used to operate the vehicle. The vehicle must have certain markings and certain parts and accessories. The driver may only drive certain designated numbers of hours of services, and the vehicle must have regular inspections, repair and maintenance.
The bottom line is that you should be careful when sponsoring an out-of-state church-related trip, to ensure that the vehicle meets these detailed specifications. If you need a telephone number for the United State Department of Transportation in your state, which will provide you with copies of these regulations, please contact me, and I will be glad to share same with you.
On the issue of property, be sure to verify that all properties involving our churches are in the proper Church of God form. I have the form Church of God Warranty Deed, and I regularly work with attorneys around the country, educating them as to our policies and procedures regarding property and providing them with forms.
Our method of property ownership not only benefits the denomination, but also provides advantages to the local church, because many local churches seek assistance through our MRP program, and other various business aspects, and these services cannot be provided, without the property being placed in the correct forms.
Child Care & Safety on Church Premises
In the not-too-distant past, I have written two Profiles articles on the subject of child abuse and its relation to churches. This continues to be a very important topic, and I have reproduced these articles for your review. Please note the sources I mention in the articles, because they continue to be the leading sources for you in understanding the legal aspects of this very important issue.
"Care and Safety of Children on Church Premises" (Part 1)
Author: Dennis Watkins
Posted: February 17, 2000
"Care and Safety of Children on Church Premises" (Part 2)
Author: Dennis Watkins
Posted: February 17, 2000
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Incorporation of Local Churches
Church of God Warranty Deed
Church of God Warranty Deed
(Incorporated Local Church)
Church of God Warranty Deed
(Unincorporated Local Church)
Application for Incorporation
(Evangelistic Association or Individual)
Application for Incorporation
Youth Liability Medical Release Form (18 Year Age of Maturity)
Youth Liability Medical Release Form (21 Year Age of Maturity)
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Jesus calls everyone to accept Him as Lord and Savior of their life. The life in Christ is a new life, a changed life, because you have learned to walk daily with Jesus in a new dimension of love and understanding. The life in Christ is an abundant life in the Spirit; it is a daily walk with Christ.
This section of the Church of God web site provides spiritual help and resources in the daily Christian walk. If you are seeking to know Christ in His fullness, click on the link Jesus Saves.cc to discover how to find hope for your life through the good news" of Jesus Christ. In addition, "Spiritual Help" provides inspirational resources for the Christian believer.
Prayer is the channel through which all good flows from God to man: forgiveness, healing, power and love. It is a way of knowing God. If you would like to submit a prayer request, simply click on the button "Submit A Prayer Request." Your prayer need will be shared immediately with the Prayer Borne Ministry of the Church of God.
Find hope for your life through the Gospel of Jesus Christ; prayer, salvation, healing and deliverance.
Submit A Prayer Request
Need someone to pray for you or your need? Simply submit a prayer request on-line.
Prayerborne Ministry (Submit A Prayer Request)
Prayerborne Ministry is a group of retired Church of God ministers or spouses which has a sole purpose intercessory prayer for the Church of God and its constituency.
Prayerborne Ministry is an active and vital ministry at the Church of God International Offices and has been in effect for several years. Prayerborne is a group of retired Church of God ministers or spouses which has a sole purpose: intercessory prayer for the Church of God and its constituency.
Prayerborne meets each Wednesday at the International Offices of the Church of God, in Cleveland, Tennessee, and prays for many different types of prayer requests. Prayer is always offered up for the ministry of the Church of God and its leadership. Prayerborne receives many different types of prayer requests from all around the world.
It is exciting to hear seasoned prayer warriors" taking serious matters of concern to the throne of God in prayer! You are welcome to access this ministry by sending your prayer requests to Prayerborne, care of the International Offices. We will do our best to intercede for you and to take your requests to God in prayer!"
Since the founding of the Church of God, educational training has been a standard for the denomination. Below is an alphabetical list of educational institutions and entities of the Church of God. Should you need further assistance in locating a particular educational resource, please use the FaithSearch option or contact the Church of God.
Marcos Ligero, D.D., Interim President
102 Valero St., Salcedo Village
Tel: (632) 819-0697
Fax: (632) 813-1313
Roy L. Notice, M.A., Principal
7 Patrick Road
Jamaica, West Indies
Adolfo Sequeira, Education Director
Apartado Postal 2330
Francisco Jiménez, President
Apdo. 17, 17-1439
Michael L. Baker, President
900 Walker Street NE
P. O. Box 3330
Cleveland, TN 37320-3330
Thomas Rosson, Ph.D., President
Eurasian Theological Seminary
Ul . Porechnaya 15
109652 Moscow, Russia
Tel/Fax: +7 (495) 345-9440 (in Moscow)
Paul Schmidgall, Ph.D., President
Pavel Rivis-Tipei, President
Str. ION Budai-Deleanu 75
Dr. Corneliu Constantineanu, Rector/President
B-dul Uverturii, nr. 210-220
Sect. 6 Bucuresti
Agris Ozolinkevich, M. Div., Director
J. Asara St. 8
LV-3001 Jelgava, LATVIA
Paul Conn, Ph.D., President
1120 North Ocoee Street
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450
Francisco Ortiz, M.Div., President
P.O. Box 901
St Just, Puerto Rico 00978-0901
2492 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430
Enrique A. De Jesús, Ed.D., Director
P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430 UNITED STATES
Church of God International Offices
2490 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430 Cleveland, TN 37320-2430
Phone: (423) 472-3361 Fax: (423) 478-7066"
On-Line Reporting the Choice of Many Church of God Ministers
On-line reporting debuted October 1, 2004 on the Church of God Web site. For the thousands of Church of God ministers who submit monthly reports on their ministerial activity, the process has been much easier and more convenient.
In its first year of operation, the Department of Business and Records received more than 45,000 reports with more than 5,500 reports being submitted for the month of August, 2005 alone. The excellent response to this new method of reporting for ministers is clearly an indication of their acceptance of Church of God on-line reporting. Every minister who has the capability of reporting on-line is encouraged to do so.
Julian B. Robinson, director of the Church of God's Department of Business and Records, announced the launch of electronic reporting to the International Offices beginning with the September, 2004 Minister's Report.
"This is a milestone for the Church of God and a service we have been eager to provide," Robinson stated. "The Computer Services personnel have worked very diligently on this project and we are excited about the possibility of many Church of God ministers using internet technology for reporting."
Robinson explained that a link for the on-line reporting service is displayed on the Church of God Web site, and any minister who wishes to report will simply click on the minister's reporting link which will be prominently displayed on the site. The link will take users to the home page of ministers reporting where instructions will be given.
"Both money and no-money reports can be submitted and will be sent to the international and state offices," Robinson continued. "However, when submitting a money report, it will be necessary to print a receipt to be mailed with the check or money order to the international or state offices, whichever is applicable."
Data for ministers who report on-line and whose state offices are using the Regional Office Program by Suran Systems, Inc, will also be sent to the state offices electronically from the international offices, Robinson explained. Suran's software has been revised to interface with the new software for on-line reporting. Those offices that are not on the Suran System will be provided the data from the reports processed at the international offices and plans are being finalized to ensure that accurate data is provided to all state and regional offices.
"As might be expected, this venture requires patience and cooperation from everyone," Robinson stated. "We want to make certain that on-line reporting functions properly and we will have personnel available to assist anyone with questions."
For inquiries or information about on-line reporting, please call Mrs. Sharon Hobbs at (423) 478-7149 who is coordinating on-line reporting for ministers in the Department of Business and Records. In addition, a 'feedback' button is also available on the Web site where questions can be e-mailed. As an added option, ministers can edit reports the day they are submitted if corrections are needed.
“Document adopted unanimously by the Church of God International Executive Council on April 30, 2009. Click here to read. Click here to download the document in its entirety.”
A meeting of the Committee of Action for the Reallocation of Resources has been set for April 30-May 1. The meeting is in response to action taken at the 72nd Church of God International Assembly last year in San Antonio, Texas.
Following debate on what was Item #3 of the Assembly agenda, the General Council at the Assembly referred the measure to the Executive Committee and International Executive Council. The result was the formation of a Committee of Action (COA) to address the impact of realignment and reallocation of church resources. Since the General Assembly, a steering committee has conducted numerous meetings, gathering data and information on all aspects of the International Offices, including structure, personnel and capital assets.
The Committee of Action consists of every Church of God Administrative Bishop in North America and the first elected member of each state or region's council. It also includes the International Executive Council, and sub-committees from the Reallocation of Resources Steering Committee. Sub-committees include 1) Impact on World Missions (World Missions Board), 2) Impact on the International Offices (Budget Review Committee) and 3) Impact on States/Regions. The group of nearly 150 leaders is slated to gather at the Dixon Center on the Lee University campus in Cleveland, Tennessee where they will hear results and recommendations from the impact studies. The Executive Council will hear results from the steering committee earlier in the week at the International Offices during their regularly scheduled April session.
Although the two-day meeting will be closed to spectators other than the Committee of Action, Church of God Communications and Lee University will be broadcasting the proceedings via live video stream. To view the sessions live in progress, click on the link below at the appropriate session times which are:
Session One: Thursday, April 30, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Session Two: 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Session Three: Friday, May 1, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Session Four: 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. (if necessary)
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
There is no cost to view the broadcast, but download of flash video player may be required.
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The glue that binds believers together in changing times is the Great Commission given directly by Christ. It is about not being just “mission-minded” but about being “missional”; it is about engaging the divine directive. This directive of Christ is the missional mandate of the church.
At the 2008 International General Assembly, General Overseer Dr. Raymond Culpepper called the church to three core initiatives. One of these is how the church can rally to a new engaging vision of the Great Commission. An integral part of this initiative was the convening of two Great Commission Symposiums—East and West which took place on September 14-15, and September 17-18, 2009.
Raymond F. Culpepper has a life-long commitment and devotion to living out the Great Commission in his ministry. Elected general overseer of the Church of God in 2008, he immediately launched a three-pronged campaign featuring Prayer, the Great Commission and a Quest for Trust. He will share his passion for the lost as one of the featured speakers at both east and west venues.
Niko Njotorahardjo of Indonesia is senior pastor of one of the largest Church of God congregations with 125,000 members. He started his ministry in 1985 as God called him in restoration ministry of Praise and Worship. Presently, he is involved in “Healing Movement Ministry” having conducted more than 100 crusades in the past three years. His local church sponsors their own Bible School in Jakarta.
Ana Ruth Díaz is the founder and principal pastor of the Church of God Oasis of Love with more than 6,000 people attending each week. Located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Ana Ruth began her ministry at the age of 20 and today is well known for her passion and energy and is a frequent international speaker to leadership, church growth and healing conferences.
Loran Livingston is the senior pastor of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. Central Church was chartered in 1977 and Pastor Livingston became pastor just four months later. Beginning with a dedicated group of 19, today the church has grown to its present membership of over 7,000. Pastor Livingston’s ministry is well known throughout America for his powerful delivery of the gospel. He also serves as the voice of Forward In Faith, the international radio ministry of the Church of God.
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Opening Prayer Time: 12:00-1:00
Finish Line Vision: 1:00-1:30
Douglas LeRoy, James Davis, Suliasi Kurulo
Showcasing Methods: 1:30-3:00
Strategizing Movements: 3:30-5:00
Sharing Models Part 1: 6:30-8:00
Sharing Models Part 2: 8:15-9:45
J. Hudson Taylor IV
Running The Race Together: 8:30-9:00
Synergizing Mobilization Part 1: 9:00-10:30
Synergizing Mobilization Part 2: 10:45-12:15
James O. Davis
Studying Multiplication Part 1: 1:15-2:45
Studying Multiplication Part 2: 3:00-4:30
Finish Line Paper: 4:30-5:30
LeRoy and Davis
These resources include documents and histories from the beginning of the Church of God movement.
Brief History of the Church that is Now Recognized as the Church of God
This is the first known history of the Church of God. It was written by the first General Overseer, A.J. Tomlinson, and included in his book The Last Great Conflict (Cleveland, Tenn.: Press of W.E. Rodgers, 1913), 184-98.
Selected Writings of R. G. Spurling
R.G. Spurling and his father Richard Spurling founded the Christian Union on August 19, 1886. R.G. Spurling became the first pastor of this fledgling congregation, which is considered to be the first Church of God. James M. Beaty, Ph.D, compiled these writings.
Note: To view PDF documents on this page you will need free Adobe Reader. Click here to download."
These resources are a collection of contemporary histories of the Church of God or some aspect of the Church of God movement.
Like a Mighty Army: A History of the Church of God, Definitive Edition, 1886-1995 (Cleveland, Tenn.: Pathway Press, 1996) is the official history of the Church of God. Written by church historian Charles W. Conn, it can be purchased from Pathway Press.
"Restorationism and a Vision for World Harvest: A Brief History of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)"
Written by David G. Roebuck, Ph.D., director of the Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center, this history was originally prepared for publication in The Acts of Pentecost, ed. Yung-Chul Han (Seoul, Korea: Han Young Theological University, 1998). The Acts of Pentecost was published in conjunction with the 18th Pentecostal World Conference.
"The First Twenty-One Years of the Church of God"
Written by James M. Beaty, Ph.D., this is a brief account of Church of God history from the founding of the Christian Union on August 19, 186 to the adoption of the name "Church of God" at the second annual assembly in 1907.
These resources include histories of departments, agencies and local Churches of God. They are generally part of larger web sites related to that department, agency or local church.
Pathway Press Heritage
This is a brief history of Pathway Press.
Church of God ministries are invited to submit links to their heritage page for inclusion here."
These are resources for the local church interested in preserving church documents, records and photographs as well as writing the history of their congregation.
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church
This web site includes a manual for managing local church records, archival leaflets for the care and preservation of photographs, oral history and encapsulation, along with information on ordering videos for local church historians.
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
This web site includes a series of articles related to archives and records management in the local church.
Preservation of Library and Archival Material
The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides this excellent online manual for the preservation of records, documents and photographs.
This publication of the Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center features articles about the Church of God movement.
Subscribe to Church of God History and Heritage by sending $5.00 for four issues to: Church of God History and Heritage, Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center, 260 11th Street NE, Cleveland, Tennessee, 37311.