Throwback Thursday: Use of the Term “Bishop” for State/Regional/National or International Offices: Discussion on Church of God General Assembly, Nashville 2016 Agenda

Currently, the item is under referral for further study to be presented as a report at next assembly. Apart from its historical usage in the tradition and current IRS church related rulings, the item relates to the following issues currently in discussion as presented to the International General Council in four year increments: Titles for all Ranks of Ministry  (as related to…

Church of God General Assembly 2018 Agenda: Criminal Background Checks

XVI.      Ministerial Position Criminal Background Checks RATIONALE: In 2004, the Church of God mandated that “All applicants for the ministry, including those advancing in rank, must give consent to the state/regional office to conduct criminal background checks” (See S21 IV. 6., page 95—2016 Minutes). Since that time, background checks for all persons in certain categories,…

Church of God General Assembly 2018 Agenda: Ministry Life Planning

XXV.      Ministry Life Planning RATIONALE: This item is a resolution of practical action derived from the resolution on Generational Assimilation. We recommend: That page 127, S32. STATE OVERSEER, VI. Duties and Authorities, Item 22, be added so as to read: That each state/regional office conduct an annual Ministry Life Planning Training event covering the issues and…

Church of God General Assembly 2018 Agenda: IEC and General Overseer Duties

VII.      International Executive Council and General Overseer Duties RATIONALE: Church of God World Missions is a vital component of everything that the church does in fulfilling and finishing the Great Commission. However, no other provision of the Minutes mandates that a specific portfolio be assigned to a member of the International Executive Committee. We recommend: That…