INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE CHURCH (1980)

WHEREAS communication, industrialization and expanding tech-nology make it obvious that peoples of our world are drawing closer together; and

WHEREAS this church has experienced phenomenal growth, especially in other nations and among other cultures of our world; and

WHEREAS there seems an obvious need for strengthening ties between the Church of God, U.S.A., and those congregations, missions, and fellow laborers in more than one hundred nations of our world; and

WHEREAS it has never been the will or the intent of this church to segment or in any way differentiate between bodies of believers since Jesus Christ taught and emphasized the brotherhood of all believers through divine grace;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this General Assembly recog-nizes and accepts its responsibility for promoting the inter-nationalization of the Church of God and that we herewith dedicate ourselves anew to the designing of programs and to the initiating of steps which will accomplish this purpose; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that our department heads and those who set policies and give emphasis to our education programs be encouraged to promote this concept; and that henceforth in all our publications and in all our official and private correspondence, we endeavor to recognize and to emphasize the international character of the Church of God as opposed to any national, regional, or sectional image (58th A., 1980, p. 50)


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