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Children’s Minister, Marco Island, FL

Name * Thomas McCulley
Church * New Life Community Church
Email *
Phone Number * (239) 394-3469
Location * Marco Island, Florida as far south as Miami but on the Gulf Coast (nice) side of the state
Position * Children's Minister
Position Details *

If you meet the usual requirements (calling to kid’s ministry, experience at least as a volunteer, solid character references) and can move to southwest Florida then read on. New Life is a 6 year old wonderful marriage of an 80 year old Church of God and a 20 year old independent church. Children’s attendance has been running about 20 and we have legal room for 85 in our new kid’s ministry facility. Starting salary is in the mid-20,000s and adjustable rapidly upward when deserved. Weekly staff meetings, weekly attendance reports and monthly progress reports are expected as well as a loving, team attitude. This opening is immediate at this unique church in a unique island community . Check out www.NewLifeMarco.org and google Marco Island.

Minister of Music, Matthews, NC

Name * Rick Brackett
Church * Matthews Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (704) 847-5625
Location * Matthews, N.C.
Position * Minister of Music
Position Details *

We are currently taking applications for either a full-time or part-time Minister of Music to handle and coordinate all aspects of worship and music at Matthews Church of God. 
We are looking for someone who is dedicated to God, with a heart and passion for music and worship.
Must be able to establish and coordinate the entire music program for the church. Needs to be able to read and teach music, keyboard skills (optional), willing to work with others and support the vision of the church. 

Choir size, 25-30 and worship team. Salary is negotiable; must include a picture and resume to: mcogbishop@yahoo.com

You can visit our website at www.matthewscog.org

Children’s Pastor, Morristown, TN

Name * Justin Graham
Church * The Avenue Church
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 231-7858
Location * Morristown, TN
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * We are praying for a full-time Children's Pastor who is called to join what God is doing in our city; (For children ages birth to 12 and their families). We are a contemporary, progressive and fast-growing congregation. All serious applicants can apply by emailing your resume to melissa@theavenuemorristown.com and we will send a detailed job description. For question please call 423-231-7858.

Piano Player, Wake Forest, NC

Name * Gloria Thompson
Church * Falls Of Neuse Church Of God
Email *
Phone Number * (919) 556-7111
Location * Wake Forest, NC
Position * Piano Player
Position Details * Volunteer position piano player 

Youth Pastor, Wake Forest, NC

Name * Gloria Thompson Thompson
Church * Falls Of Neuse Church Of God
Email *
Phone Number * (919) 556-7111
Location * Wake Forest NC 27587
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details * Volunteer Position 

Worship Leader / Music, Greenville, SC

Name * Mark Fleming
Church * Abundant Grace CoG
Email *
Phone Number * (864) 610-0573
Location * Greenville SC
Position * Worship Leader / Music
Position Details *

We are seeking a servant-oriented individual with a heart of worship to join our ministry team on a part time basis. Ministry position is responsible for the oversight of our music, worship, and other associate responsibilities. The qualified candidate will have excellent leadership ability, be able to work collaboratively within the congregation, and have skill in all aspects of worship. Our worship style is contemporary pentecostal, which ushers people into the presence of God during our Sunday service. Our music influences include artists such as Israel Houghton, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, Mark Condon and Brooklyn Tabernacle. Email resume with phone number and you will be contacted.

Student Pastor, Hendersonville, NC

Name * Steve Morrison
Church * Hendersonville Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (828) 674-1900
Location * Hendersonville, NC
Position * Student Pastor
Position Details *

We are looking to fill our Student Pastor position. Our current SP leaves 2/1/15 so we are looking to fill this position with a high energy couple that are called to pour into student lives. The specific role would include teaching on Sunday's and Wednesday's and planning activities that spur growth in our teenage (middle school/high school) students. We have witnessed a period of growth recently in the church and are looking for a couple to help guide our students to a deeper relationship with the Lord. Our current youth group size is between 8-12 students, looking for the right person to help get these students connected and growing! We are looking to fill this position ASAP! Please send resume's to the email and feel free to call Pastor Morrison at the above number. 

At this time this is a "part time" position. A small salary is available, but there would be need for outside work. Our Pastor served in youth ministry for over 5 years and is currently serving on the Western North Carolina Youth and Discipleship Board. We are a church that enjoys blended worship, strong fellowship and reaching our community. If you are gifted musically, we have recently begun a Worship Band and would love to add your voice, instrument and leadership to this team as well! 

Our church is located in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. We are 30 minutes east of Asheville, NC and 45 minutes west of Greenville, SC. The location is perfect for those that enjoy outdoor activities, but also the convenience of larger cities.

Media Team, Cleveland, TN

Name * Timothy Gann
Church * Prospect Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (423) 716-2000
Location * Cleveland, Tn
Position * Media Team
Position Details * We are needing someone to help with media in our local church, power point etc. This position is a volunteer position but a great opportunity to work in the kingdom.

Piano Player, Portland, TN

Name * William Sloan
Church * Portland Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (615) 388-3414
Location * Portland, Tn
Position * Piano player
Position Details * Pioneer church looking for a piano player versatile in traditional and contemporary music. This is a volunteer position.

Youth Pastor, Portland, TN

Name * William Sloan
Church * Portland Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (615) 388-3414
Location * Portland, Tn
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details * Looking for someone to help us pioneer a church and have a heart to reach young people in the community. This is a volunteer position with lots of potential for growth.

Music/Worship Pastor, Rocky Mount, NC

Name * Kelly Shope
Church * Ridgecrest Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (252) 446-6111
Location * Rocky Mount, NC
Position * Music/Worship Pastor (Paid Ministry Position)
Position Details * RWC is seeking an experienced team-minded outgoing Music/Worship Pastor to serve on a multiple staff team - preferably married applicants who have at least 5 years of full-time experience in music, band, and choral ministry. Must be proficient in keys and teaching of choral parts. Ridgecrest is prayerfully seeking a dedicated couple who will commit to be a part of what God is truly doing in our city! Please send resume (with references) and a current family photo to kellylshope@gmail.com.

Children’s Pastor, Hickory, NC

Name * Harv Turner
Church * Huntington Hills Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (828) 324-2508
Location * Hickory, NC
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details *

Children’s Pastoral Job and Ministry Description

♦Ministry Description

“Splash” is a unique ministry that requires special talents and God-given ability. The Children’s pastor oversees the overall spiritual health of our children and through various ministry opportunities guides our children until they are ready to move into the next phase of ministry.
To lead “Splash” during the Sunday Morning and Wednesday Night services with the assistance of specified leaders.

♦Selection

Recommended and appointed by the senior pastor.
*Licensed according to the most recent edition of the General Assembly Minutes. (Or pursuing such license where it may apply)*

♦Accountability

Directly accountable to the senior pastor.
Indirectly accountable to the Church and Pastor’s Council and Children’s Board. 
Indirectly accountable to the entire local church staff.
Indirectly accountable to the entire local congregation.

♦Qualifications

Be saved through the confession of Jesus Christ, sanctified and filled with the Holy Spirit.
Be a church member in good standing with the denomination.
Be faithful in stewardship (tithe, offering, time).

Be faithful in the support of the pastor and council, particularly in the overall implementation of the program of Christian Education.
Have positive people skills and the ability to motivate others in the area of Christian service, particularly to Christian education.

Ministerial Responsibilities

♦To live in accordance to and promote the soundness of scripture in Isaiah 28:10, “For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, a little here, a little there.” This is the foundation of the education process used by the teachers and leaders in our children’s ministry.

♦Ensure that all curriculum choices and program construction is based on sound Biblical principles.

♦To be Biblically knowledgeable, understanding major theological principles (e.g. Creation, the Fall, redemption in Christ Jesus) addressed in scripture and how these relate to the personal and corporate life of the congregation and children’s ministry in particularly.

♦To stay informed of leading educational trends that can be adapted to local church use.

♦To maintain a board/children’s council who can effectively communicate the gospel in Biblically appropriate ways for Sunday morning services.

♦To conduct one Kid’s crusade per year using from time to time outside speaker sources.

♦To conduct one drama per year (example: Christmas or Easter play)

♦To assist with any church-wide functions and help coordinate any children-specific activities 

Interviews are now being scheduled!

www.hhcog.com

Youth / Children’s Pastor, Dudley, MO

Name * Josh Hester
Church * Dudley Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (573) 241-0959
Location * Dudley, MO
Position * Youth/Children's Pastor
Position Details *

We are looking for a Youth and/or Children's Pastor who is ready and willing to take our ministries to the next level. For the past three years the pastor and his wife have been serving in those capacities and we are ready to pass the torch off to someone who is called to either one of those positions or possibly a couple who has a team ministry.

We are a team focused church that believes in living Real Life with our members.

Our church is located in small town that serves as an employment hub to people from a 30 mile radius. We embrace small town values but want to do the BIG things God has called us to do. There are 7 school districts within a 15 mile radius of our church and we are the home of one of the nation's top cabinet producing companies.

If God is calling you to youth and/or children's ministry this would be a great place to start and help to rebuild a ministry from the ground up!

Administrative / Associate Pastor, Lexington, SC

Name * Mark Crumpton
Church * Lexington Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (803) 957-6675
Location * Lexington SC
Position * Administrative / Associate Pastor
Position Details *

This is an exciting opportunity! We are a growing church in a community with unlimited potential. The church is located just outside of Columbia SC. We have recently broken ground on a new sanctuary and as the church has grown so have the demands of ministry.. We are seeking a Full-Time Administrative / Associate Pastor. 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about God & their calling. Someone who understands ministry & can support and assist the pastor in all areas of church operations and ministry.

Feel free to check us out on line: www.LexCOG.com

Candidate should: 
• Have a passion for God & a desire to serve
• Have a ministry related College Degree (preferred)
• Be able to manage / oversee other areas of ministry & volunteers
• Be a Credentialed Minister in the COG (or willing to pursue credentialing) 
• 3-5 years ministry experience (preferred)
• Strong organizational abilities

Please email resume to LexCOG@aol.com NOTE: Please include: references and salary requirements

Youth or Children’s Pastor, Lexington, SC

Name * Mark Crumpton
Church * Lexington Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (803) 957-6675
Location * Lexington SC
Position * Youth or Children's Pastor
Position Details *

This is an exciting opportunity! We are a growing church in a community with unlimited potential. The church is located just outside of Columbia SC. Currently we have wonderful lay leaders filling these roles & doing a great job; but as the church has grown so have the demands of ministry. We have recently broken ground on a new sanctuary. 

We are seeking a Full-Time Youth (or) Children's Pastor. (NOTE: We are only looking to fill one of these positions at this time & you will not be expected to serve as both)

We are looking for someone who is passionate about God & their calling who can take our established ministries to their full potential.

Feel free to check us out on line: www.LexCOG.com

Candidate should: 
• Have a passion for God & a desire to disciple young people
• Have a ministry related College Degree (preferred)
• Be a Credentialed Minister in the COG (or willing to pursue credentialing) 
• 3-5 years ministry experience (preferred)
• Strong organizational abilities

Please email resume to LexCOG@aol.com NOTE: Please include: references and salary requirements

Worship Leader & Musicians, Tampa, FL

Name * Mervin Sherlin
Church * Lacoochee Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (352) 583-3354
Location * Tampa, FL
Position * Praise & Worship Leader, Musicians
Position Details * Please call for details.

Piano Player, Lumberton, NC

Name * Michael Warwick
Church * Covenant Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (910) 734-5986
Location * Lumberton, NC
Position * Piano Player
Position Details * We are currently looking for a piano player who is very diversified in styles of music. Our church is composed of all races and different backgrounds in the music field. I am looking for someone who is open and out of the box if you will to play southern gospel and contemporary alike. If interested please call the number listed and we will discuss things from there. 


God Bless,
Pastor Mike Warwick
CWC / Lumberton, NC 28358

Multiple Positions, Hanford, CA

Name * Mark Taylor
Church * Resonate Hope Church
Email *
Phone Number * (559) 972-0511
Location * Hanford, CA
Position * Church Planting Team Member - Various Positions - Worship, Children and/or Student Ministries
Position Details * Looking for someone who will pray about becoming part of our church planting team in Hanford, CA. Position would require a person and their family to relocate to the Hanford, CA area, secure a job and assist Lead Pastor with various areas of ministry & duties. Church was planted in June 2014. Searching for God's perfect will in bringing on leaders/team members. Please pray and call to discuss opportunity in person.

Worship Pastor, Brunswick, GA

Name * Bobby Moore
Church * Abundant Life Fellowship Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (912) 297-0077
Location * Brunswick, GA
Position * Worship Pastor
Position Details * We are seeking a person to lead our worship. Our church is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. We would prefer some who can play keyboard, and can teach parts. Needs to be able to read music. We use a praise choir with the front line on handheld mics. We sing a combination of cutting edge songs and some hymns along the way. I'm looking for a person who is a team player and a true christian with a servant's heart. Our church is located on beautiful coastal Georgia. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to call. Pastor Bobby J. Moore

Children’s Pastor, Concord, NC

Name * Ricky Hudson
Church * Remedy Church
Email *
Phone Number * (704) 260-0169
Location * Concord, NC
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details * We are currently seeking a Children’s Pastor for ages 6-12 that is full of energy, creativeness, and has a burden to see children come to know Christ. All inquiries email Pastor Ricky Hudson @ pastorhudsonjr@yahoo.com. Remedy Church is a growing church located in Concord, North Carolina. To learn more about our church, visit our website at www.remedychurchnc.com

Praise and Worship Leader, Cookeville, TN

Name * Eric Vickers
Church * Praise Cathedral Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (931) 267-4260
Location * 1691 Burgess Falls Rd Cookeville Tn 38502
Position * Praise and Worship Leader
Position Details * We are praying for a spirit filled praise and worship leader/leaders to lead anointed P&W here at PCC, we are looking for a diverse leadership to lead both traditional and newer styles music, a southern gospel feel would fit really well, also we have a library of great choir music available to assist if you can develop and lead choirs. We need commitment for Sunday morning and night services, for any other details and/or questions please give us a call

Worship Leader, New Orleans, LA

Name * Eric Gabourel
Church * Live Oaks Community Church
Email *
Phone Number * (504) 266-3970
Location * New Orleans, LA
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * We are currently looking for a Worship Leader who is excited to lead others in passionate, intimate worship and awe-filled surrender to the Lord. This would require leading worship regularly on Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. This is a volunteer position as we are a new church plant with a small congregation. We are located in the Mid-City New Orleans. Join us as we grow together in Christ.

Children’s Pastor, Sevierville, TN

Name * Philip Morris, Jr.
Church * Parkway Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (865) 453-0389
Location * Sevierville, TN
Position * Children's Pastor (Full-time)
Position Details * We are currently seeking a full-time Children's Pastor for children (ages 12 and under) and their families. Please email resume and references to info@parkwaychurchofgod.org -- Attn: Pastor Philip Morris. Please include previous experience in children's ministry and references that have actively observed your involvement in children's ministry. To learn more about our congregation, please visit our website at www.parkwaychurchofgod.org

Children’s Ministry Team Leader, Crab Orchard, KY

Name * Robert Spurlock
Church * Crab Orchard Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (859) 327-0028
Location * Crab Orchard, KY
Position * Children's Ministry Team Leader
Position Details *

Crab Orchard (kentucky) Church of God is seeking a leader for Or Children's Ministry Department. We are a church undergoing revitalization. the Children's Ministry Team leader will be charged with Leading our Kid's ministry from ages 4 through 12, building a team of leaders to work with each age group, over see the development of a team to handle ages birth through 3 yrs. develope and maintain an active Kids crusade style Childrens Church. Plan and develope an anual Kids Crusade and/or VBS. And opperate childrens and family evangelism and Side walk Sunday School. Since we are revitalizing or relaunching our ministries, there is no salary at this time. We will have an all volunteer staff. This would however be a great opportunity to gain real world experience and training. We do have excellent facilities. Applicants must be willing to submit to a background check, be able to work with a team, be subject to the Pastor and be faith ful part of the church in attendance and tithing. Applicants must also be willing to adhere to Church of God Doctrine, Polity and Leadership. Send Resume and Photogragh to robnlex65@yahoo.com, contact us on the Church Facebook Page (Crab Orchard Chuch of God (COCOG)) or call the Church @859-327-0028

Student Ministries Leader, Crab Orchard, KY

Name * Robert Spurlock
Church * Crab Orchard (Kentucky) Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (859) 327-0028
Location * Crab Orchard Kentucky
Position * Student Ministries leader
Position Details *

Crab Orchard (kentucky) Church of God is seeking a leader for a Student Ministries Leader. We are a church undergoing revitalization. the Student Ministries Leader will be in charge of building and leading our Students Ministries department from age 12 through 19. Since we are revitalizing or relaunching our ministries, there is no salary at this time. We will have an all volunteer staff. This would however be a great opportunity to gain real world experience and training. We do have excellent facilities. Applicants must have a calling and affinity with working with youth, be willing to submit to a background check, be able to work with a team, be subject to the Pastor and be faithful part of the church in attendance and tithing. Applicants must also be willing to adhere to Church of God Doctrine, Polity and Leadership. Send Resume and Photogragh to robnlex65@yahoo.com, contact us on the Church Facebook Page (Crab Orchard Chuch of God (COCOG)) or call the Church @859-327-0028

Worship Team Leader / Musicians, Crab Orchard, KY

Name * Robert spurlock
Church * Crab Orchard Church of God, Crab Orchard Kentucky
Email *
Phone Number * (859) 327-0029
Location * Crab Orchard Ky
Position * Worship Team Leader and musicians
Position Details *

Crab Orchard (kentucky) Church of God is seeking a leader for Praise and worship. We are a church undergoing revitalization. We have been very traditional in the past. We arent afraid of trying some new music, but some classics will be included. We dont call ourselves teaditional nor contemporary but are seeking to creat our oun unique style and call it the Crab Orchard style. Since we are revitalizing or relaunching our ministries, there is no salary at this time. We will have an all volunteer staff. This would however be a great opportunity to gain real world experience and training. We do have excellent facilities. Applicants must be willing to submit to a background check, be able to work with a team, be subject to the Pastor and be faithful part of the church in attendance and tithing. Applicants must also be willing to adhere to Church of God Doctrine, Polity and Leadership. Send Resume and Photogragh to robnlex65@yahoo.com, contact us on the Church Facebook Page (Crab Orchard Chuch of God (COCOG)) or call the Church @859-327-0028

Youth Pastor / Musicians, Whitwell, TN

Name * Charles Dotson
Church * Gateway Worship Center
Email *
Phone Number * (931) 235-6156
Location * Whitwell, Tn
Position * Youth Pastor/ Musicians
Position Details * We are looking for a Holy Ghost filled couple that loves youth ministry. It is a voluntary position for now, but as the group grows salary will be discussed. Our youth group has 3 - 5 teens in it. It would be a great core group to begin with. We are also looking for musicians - bass player, lead guitarist, drummer. Our music is traditional and also contemporary.

Youth Director, Plainfield, NJ

Name * Leanora Colley
Church * New Covenant Church
Email *
Phone Number * (732) 692-7881
Location * New Jersey
Position * Youth Director Couple
Position Details * This is a part-time position for a Youth Director couple to develop a meaningful and effective youth program for youths in the inner city empowering them to change their generation for Christ.

Children’s Pastor, Roanoke, VA

Name * Sam Belisle
Church * Celebration Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (540) 521-7977
Location * Roanoke, VA
Position * Children's Pastor
Position Details *

Seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the leader, administrator and spiritual head of our children’s ministries for infants through Grade 5. This includes morning worship services and kids’ discipleship on Sunday and Wednesday nights for the nursery, pre-school, K&1, and Grades 2 – 5. Oversee, organize, and implement children’s special events including community outreach. Recruit, train, and develop mentors for all age groups. Develop and implement policies pertaining to all areas of children’s ministries. Ensure the safety, physical well-being, and spiritual growth of our children. Other Associate Pastor responsibilities assigned. This individual must be competent in leadership and administration, and must be an effective team-player, He or she must also have the ability to work effectively with a multi-cultural group representing several nationalities and walk of life. Ministry-related Bache lors degree preferred. Send resume to: pastor@celebrationcog.org

Student Ministries Pastor, Roanoke, VA

Name * Sam Belisle
Church * Celebration Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (540) 521-7977
Location * Roanoke, VA
Position * Student Ministries Pastor - PT
Position Details *

The Student Ministries Pastor will develop, oversee and lead a life-giving and life-changing ministry to middle school, high school, and college students. Responsible for planning and organizing all student ministry programs in the church, including discipleship, involvement in music/arts, social events, outreach and service projects. This includes all aspects of the Wednesday night worship service (music, preaching, game room, café, etc., overseeing Sunday Middle and High School LIFE groups and recruitment of teachers, planning a minimum of 1 monthly activity/event outside of the Wednesday service, and orchestrating 2 annual outreach and/or service projects. Associate Pastor responsibilities also assigned. This individual should be gifted in working with a multi-cultural student population, and strong in leadership, discipleship, administration, and team-work. Part-time position offering housing. Send resume to: pastor@celebrationcog. org

Church Administrator, West Palm Beach, FL

Name * Michael Smith
Church * The River Church
Email *
Phone Number * (561) 835-0620
Location * West Palm Beach, Florida
Position * Church Administrator
Position Details *

We are looking for an individual to be our overall Church Administrator. The ideal candidate will be responsible for the processing, recording, and reporting of all financial transactions of The River Church using Quick Books accounting software and ChurchPro church management software. Further, all activity in this position will be in accordance with IRS regulations for a charitable organization. This position will also require the individual to oversee and maintain the buildings and grounds of The River Church and the PreSchool. You will oversee the upkeep of equipment and supplies. You will be required to make sure the buildings and grounds are maintained, which entails daily and weekly cleaning schedules as well as determining and scheduling repairs, renovation projects, HVAC maintenance and safety inspections.

The Church Administrator is responsible to the Lead Pastor to maintain property budgets and must negotiate with outside vendors for supplies, repairs and other measures. The administrator must be able to effectively work with other staff with a positive Christian attitude. He/She must be able to serve under the direction of the Senior Pastor. Further details can be discussed during the interview process. This is a part time salaried position that would require relocation to the West Palm Beach area of Florida. Salary will be determined by ability and experience. The successful applicant must have a demonstrated Christian faith commitment, good interpersonal skills as well as a proven track record of confidentiality. Ministry experience is a plus but not required. Please send resume with a photo included to bishopmichael2@aol.com. Please, no phone calls until resume and photo have been submitted.

To learn more about The River Church visit:
www.therivercog.org

Youth / Children’s Pastor, West Palm Beach, FL

Name * Michael Smith
Church * The River Church
Email *
Phone Number * (561) 835-0620
Location * West Palm Beach, Florida
Position * Youth / Children's Pastor
Position Details *

The River Church in West Palm Beach, Florida is looking for someone who will be and remain faithful, who will make growing and developing a youth group their passion and desire. Who will work and submit to the leadership of our church.

We have a great blend of all age groups, cultures and nationalities in our church; so, we are a church on the move, and we need someone with a calling to be a Youth Pastor to come and commit to a labor of love to today’s youth.

The position will start as a volunteer and as the church/youth group continues to grow, we will be able to offer a salary.

Personal Qualifications
• Have a passion to disciple young people
• Spirit-filled follower of Christ who embraces our vision and Statement of Faith
• Credentialed Minister of the Gospel (or willing to pursue credentialing) 
• 3-5 years youth ministry experience (preferred)
• Possess and exhibit a cooperative team mindset
• Strong organizational abilities

Primary Responsibilities 
• Build up and provide direction and leadership for the newly formed group of children and youth 
• Organize and coordinate a balanced approach to MS Ministry that includes Bible study, mentoring, outreach, recreation, fellowship, missions, music and worship
• Recruit and train leadership in the Youth and Children’s Ministry 
• Plan and direct all events for Youth and Children Ministries

Please email resume with current picture and letters of recommendation.
Please, no calls until you have sent your resume with current picture and the letters of recommendation.

To learn more about The River Church visit:
www.therivercog.org

Youth Pastor, Decherd, TN

Name * Timothy Geer
Church * Decherd Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (931) 510-1365
Location * Decherd, Tennessee 
Position * Youth Pastor 
Position Details * Looking for a qualified couple to serve part time as Youth Pastors.

Worship Pastor, La Pine, OR

Name * Jeremy Seibert
Church * Vertical Church
Email *
Phone Number * (541) 905-0261
Location * La Pine, OR
Position * Worship Pastor/Team Pastor
Position Details *

General Summary:
The Worship Pastor is primarily responsible for developing and overseeing the musical and artistic aspects of the ministry of Vertical Church. Through worship and other medium, the Worship Pastor will facilitate an environment that allows people to engage in a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and helps build an authentic community of followers actively involved in service to Him. The worship Pastor will serve as a part of the overall pastoral team.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Work with and assist the Lead Pastor with overall Church goals & Objectives
2. Work with Lead Pastor as a Team to help build all aspects of ministries as they relate to Worship
3. Leads weekend and other pertinent special services
4. Write songs that express and reflect Vertical Church spiritual growth
5. Manages budgets for all related ministry responsibilities
6. Attends and contributes to the staff meetings
7. Meets weekly schedule expectations

Youth Pastor, Kellysville, WV

Name * Franklin Adkins
Church * Kellysville Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (304) 921-4701
Location * Kellysville West Viriginia
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details * To be in charge of the teens ministry and young couples ministry

Worship Leader, Marion, IN

Name * Eddie Helm
Church * Healing Heart Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (573) 366-6051
Location * Marion, Indiana
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * We are an established church in Marion, Indiana looking for a worship leader who can not only sing but work with a choir and musicians as well. This is a part time position with housing being provided as compensation. Applicants must not only possess the necessary talent required for the job but also exemplify a mature relationship with Christ and be able to work with a ministry team to help fulfill the vision of our church. Please contact Eddie Helm at (573) 366-6051 or via email at eddie_helm@yahoo.com.

Youth Pastor, South Pittsburg, TN

Name * Kevin York
Church * Orme Mountain Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (931) 409-7026
Location * South Pittsburg, TN
Position * Youth Pastor
Position Details *

Orme Mountain Church of God is a rural church in beautiful Marion County, TN. The church has a very friendly, family type, atmosphere. We are a relatively traditional church that still sings hymns, as well as worship songs and the congregation does prefer the King James translation. The current youth group is a small group of about 4-7 teens. This is a great church with some really genuine and loving people. The position has room for growth and can also include some preaching/teaching opportunities and we would also love to have someone that wants to help with worship. This is a volunteer position, at the moment, with the possibility of small stipend to cover some expenses. If this sounds like the type of place that you feel called to, then pray about it and get in contact with me. If you have a resume, email it to kevinmichaelyork@hotmail.com! You may also contact me (Pastor Kevin York) by phone at (931) 409-7026, and if I do not ans wer please leave a voicemail, I will get right back with you. Thanks and God Bless!

Piano Player, Gibsonville, NC

Name * Betsy Combs
Church * Gibsonville Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (336) 449-4318
Location * Gibsonville, NC
Position * Piano Player
Position Details * This is a volunteer position. We have 3 services weekly (Sunday AM, Sunday PM & Wednesday PM). If you are interested in using your talent to glorify God & live in the Gibsonville, NC area please contact Pastor Betsy @ 336-449-4318 or via email revbetsy0314@aol.com.

Worship Leader, Sparta, TN

Name * Tim Sersen
Church * East Sparta Church of God
Email *
Phone Number * (931) 316-0733
Location * Sparta, TN
Position * Worship Leader
Position Details * Looking for someone in the general area who could commute to Sparta for worship practices one night a week and lead worship in both Sunday services. Part time pay with growth possibilities for the right candidate. Person or couple should be Spirit-filled and lead worship with passion to see a congregation drawn into the Presence of the Holy One!

Care of the Creation (2008)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Glorifying God in Our Body

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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BIBLICAL STEWARDSHIP (2012)

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

FINANCIAL INTERDEPENDENCE (2012)

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

IMMIGRATION (2012)

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

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY (2012)

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

Legal Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Executive Comittee Report

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

 

Official Report from the International Executive Council

Appendix 1 - Tithe Receipts

Apendix 2 - Reports Received

Appendix 3 - Funding for Mission-Borderline States

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

International Offices Restructure

 

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

 

 

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Haiti Earth Quake Relief Efforts

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


 

 

 

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Overseers Message

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Reformation Sunday: Honoring the Aged Ministers and Widows

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

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

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

Download the PowerPoint Presentation

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Pray for the victims of Tucson

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

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

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

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

--Raymond F. Culpepper

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73rd International General Assembly

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


www.assemblynow.org

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Engage Conference Interviews

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Engage Conference 2011

Watch the 2011 Engage Interview Video Here

Visit the Engage 2011 Website or Register Online Here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ray H. Hughes Video

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Obituary - Ray H. Hughes Sr.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pentecost Sunday: June 12, 2011

Power . . .
To Engage the Missional Mandate of Christ

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

 

Our Heritage

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

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

Our Opportunity

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


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

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

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

The Process

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

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

Wednesday Evening – Question and Answer Session

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

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


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


1. Who is the Holy Spirit?

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

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

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

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

6. What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday Morning Service and Sermon

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

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

Friday Evening Prayer Time

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

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

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

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

Saturday Morning Breakfast for Men

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

Special Luncheon Tea for Ladies

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

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

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

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

 

Resources

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

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

Download the Powerpoint Here

Several sermons can be downloaded from the Web site:

www.sermonsforsheperds.com.

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

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

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

 

Restoring God's Church Powerpoint

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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VALUES FOR OUR YOUTH (1994)

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

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

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

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

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

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

125th Anniversary of the Church of God (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church of God as a Movement (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centennial of Church of God World Missions (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deity of Christ (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multi-Cultural Ministry (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ministerial Care by the Local Church (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastoral Covenant Group Initiative (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GREAT COMMISSION (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

PRAYER (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

GLOBAL POVERTY (2010)

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

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

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

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

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

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

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

QUEST FOR TRUST (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

Church Planting (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED:

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

WOMEN OF THE CHURCH OF GOD (2010)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minette, AL 36507
Phone: 251-937-4111
Email: ld4justice@ldholt.com

Alaska


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

California


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

Connecticut


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

DC


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

Florida


F. Robert Radel, II, Esquire
Butler Pappas, LLP
One Harbour Place
777 S. Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 500
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-281-1900
Fax: 813-281-0900

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

John B. White, Esquire
1921 Ascott Road
N. Palm Beach, FL 33408Phone: 772-341-3388
Fax: 772-325-5754

Email: john@johnwhitegroup.com

 

Georgia


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illinois


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

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

Kentucky


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

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

Louisiana


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

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

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

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

Maryland


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

Massachusetts


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

Michigan


Witold Sztykiel, Esquire
Bigler, Berry, Johnston, Sztykiel & Hunt
1301 West Long Lake Road, Suite 250
Troy, MI 48098
Phone: 248-641-1800
Fax: 248-641-3845

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

Minnesota


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

Mississippi


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

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

Missouri


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

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

Montana


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

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

New Jersey


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

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

New York


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

North Carolina


Edward E. Hollowell, Esquire
5511 Capital Center Drive
Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27606
Phone: 866-878-8806
Fax: 919-852-2233

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

New York


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

Ohio


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

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

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

Oklahoma


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

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

South Carolina


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

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

J. Kevin Crain, Esquire
Young, Clement, Rivers & Tisdale, LLP
28 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-577-4000
Fax: 843-724-6600

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

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

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

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

Tennessee


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

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

Michael E. Callaway, Esquire
Bell & Associates, PC
PO Box 1169
Cleveland, TN 37364-1169
Phone: 423-476-8541
Fax: 423-339-3510

Jimmy W. Bilbo, Esquire
Logan, Thompson, Miller, Bilbo & Thompson
PO Box 191
Cleveland, TN 37364
Phone: 423-476-2251
Fax: 423-472-0211

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

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

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

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

Willard W. (Bill) Watts, Esquire
PO Box 2982
Cleveland, TN 37320

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

J. Michael Sharp, Esquire
Varnell, Burns & Sharp, PC
175 Spring St. NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone: 423-339-0529
Fax: 423-478-2308

Texas


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Child Abuse / Molestation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Insurance Information

Insurance Issues

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

The following questions are very important in determining your insurance:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Counseling

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

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

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

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

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

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

Church Employment

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

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

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

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

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

2. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

3. The Age Discrimination Employment Act (ADEA).

4. American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

5. Fair Labor Standards Act which covers minimum wages.

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

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

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

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

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Defamation

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

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

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

Undue Influences

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

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

Church Financing Programs

Application of Securities Law to Church Bond and Financing Programs

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

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

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

Motor Carrier Regulations

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.

Property Issues

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

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.

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Education / Seminars

Education
Bethel Bible College
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
European Theological Seminary
Han Young Theological Seminary
Hispanic Institue of Ministry
International Bible College
International Studies
Lee University
Ministerial Development
Patten University
Puerto Rico Bible College
School of Ministry
South American Seminary
Western School of Christian Ministry
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Forms & Brochures

Brochure:

Incorporation of Local Churches

Forms:

Church of God Warranty Deed
(State/Regional)

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
(Local Church)

Youth Liability Medical Release Form (18 Year Age of Maturity)

Youth Liability Medical Release Form (21 Year Age of Maturity)

 

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Spiritual Help

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.

JesusSaves.cc
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.

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Prayerborne Ministry

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!

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Education

Church of God Educational Institutions

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.

 

Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries

Marcos Ligero, D.D., Interim President
102 Valero St., Salcedo Village

Tel: (632) 819-0697
Fax: (632) 813-1313
Email: info@ascm.edu.ph


Bethel Bible College

Roy L. Notice, M.A., Principal
7 Patrick Road
P.O. 1694
Mandeville, Manchester
Jamaica, West Indies

Fax: 876-962-2869
Email: adminbbc@cwjamaica.com


Centro de Educacion Teológica

Adolfo Sequeira, Education Director
Apartado Postal 2330
Managua, Nicaragua

Tel: 505-279-8958
Fax: 505-268-9203


Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (SEMISUD)

Francisco Jiménez, President
Apdo. 17, 17-1439
Quito, Ecuador

Tel/Fax: 011-593-22872-511
Tel:593-22872-316
Email: semisud@uio.satnet.net


Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Steven J. Land, Ph.D., President
900 Walker Street NE
P. O. Box 3330
Cleveland, TN 37320-3330

Tel: 423-478-1131
Fax: 423-478-7711
Email: info@ptseminary.edu


Eurasian Theological Seminary

Thomas Rosson, Ph.D., President
Eurasian Theological Seminary
Ul . Porechnaya 15
109652 Moscow, Russia
Tel: 011-7-435-9440
Tel/Fax: +7 (495) 345-9440 (in Moscow)
Email: tomrosson@gmail.com


European Theological Seminary (ETS)

Paul Schmidgall, Ph.D., President
72250 Freudenstadt-Kniebis
GERMANY

Tel: 011-49-7442-490557
Fax: 011-49-7442-490544
Email: ets@ets-kniebis.de


Facultatea de Teologie "Betania"

Pavel Rivis-Tipei, President
Str. ION Budai-Deleanu 75
RO-2900 Arad,
ROMANIA

Tel: 011-40-57-25-3977
Fax: 011-40-57-28-1398
Email: betania.arad@inext.ro


Institutul Teologic Penticostal

Dr. Corneliu Constantineanu, Rector/President
B-dul Uverturii, nr. 210-220
Sect. 6 Bucuresti
060946 ROMANIA

Tel: +4021.434.16.23
Fax: +4021.434.75.15
Email: rector@itpbucuresti.ro


Latvian School of Christian Ministries

Agris Ozolinkevich, M. Div., Director
J. Asara St. 8
LV-3001 Jelgava, LATVIA

Tel: 011-371-308-1415
Fax: 011-371-308-1401
Email: cog_latvia@hotmail.com


Lee University

Paul Conn, Ph.D., President
1120 North Ocoee Street
P.O. Box 3450
Cleveland, TN 37320-3450

Tel: 423-614-8000
Fax: 423-614-8016


Universidad Teológica del Caribe

Francisco Ortiz, M.Div., President
P.O. Box 901
St Just, Puerto Rico 00978-0901

Tel: 787-761-0640
Fax: 787-748-9220

Ministerial Development/School of Ministry

2492 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430

Tel: 423-478-7011
Tel: 877-344-0488
Fax: 423-478-7012
Email: info@ministerialtraining.org


USA Hispanic Educational Ministries

Enrique A. De Jesús, Ed.D., Director
P.O. Box 2430
Cleveland, TN 37320-2430 UNITED STATES

Tel: 423-478-7231
Fax: 423-478-7895
Email: usahem@churchofgod.org

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Contact

Church of God International Offices

2490 Keith Street P.O. Box 2430 Cleveland, TN 37320-2430

Phone: (423) 472-3361 Fax: (423) 478-7066

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Church of God Minister’s Monthly Reporting


Click Here to Go to the Online Reporting Website


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.

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Reallocation of Resources Meeting Set

 

“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.

Watch live here.

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Symposium on the Great Commission


DVD Sets of Great Commission Symposium Available

If you would like to order DVDs of the sermons delivered at the Symposium on the Great Commission East, the following are available for immediate shipping:

* Raymond Culpepper - $15.00
* Niko Njotorahardjo - $15.00
*Ana Diaz - $15.00
*Loran Livingston - $15.00
Full Set - $50.00

Call toll-free 1-800-323-7264 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST.
(A small shipping charge will apply).

To Order Online Click Here

Resoources for teaching and learning about the Great Commission have been created especially for this initiative. These include study guides for adults, teens and children, as well as instructor's manuals and devotional guides. For more information on these resources, visit www.pathwaybookstore.com.

Raymond Culpepper Presentation

By popular demand, the powerpoint used during General Overseer Raymond Culpepper’s message during the Symposium on the Great Commission is available for download. The 61-slide presentation gives vital statistics and information vital to the Great Commission.


ENGAGING THE MISSIONAL MANDATE!

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.

The Symposium Indluded the Following Speakers


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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The Finish Line Summit


WATCH LIVE!


October 27-28, 2009


October 27


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

Gustavo Crocker

BREAK: 3:00-3:30

Strategizing Movements: 3:30-5:00

Philip Jenkins

DINNER: 5:00-6:30

Sharing Models Part 1: 6:30-8:00

David Sobrepena

BREAK: 8:00-8:15

Sharing Models Part 2: 8:15-9:45

J. Hudson Taylor IV

Alexey Ledyaev


October 28


Running The Race Together:
8:30-9:00

David Griffis

Synergizing Mobilization Part 1: 9:00-10:30

Alex Mitala

BREAK: 10:30-10:45

Synergizing Mobilization Part 2: 10:45-12:15

James O. Davis

LUNCH: 12:15-1:15

Studying Multiplication Part 1:  1:15-2:45

Alex Abraham

BREAK: 2:45-3:00

Studying Multiplication Part 2: 3:00-4:30

Suliasi Kurulo

Finish Line Paper: 4:30-5:30

LeRoy and Davis

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In Their Own Words

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.

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Telling the Story

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.

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