Covid-19: Priority Report


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Covid-19: Priority Report



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Covid-19: Priority Report

The highly complicated, detailed, and strenuous process of coming to a decision to postpone the 78th International General Assembly because of the Covid-19 pandemic was a history-making event in the Church of God. It was the first time since World War II that the Assembly schedule was interrupted.

To preserve that history, a 28-page publication has been released which explores the process, timeline, historical precedence, and authority granted by the Minutes to arrive at the decision to postpone the July 2020 event to the summer of 2022. The report is available for download by visiting the link, churchofgodcommunications.com/priorityreport.

Printed copies are available for purchase by contacting info@churchofgod.org.

 


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Courage: Pastoring in Pandemic – A Special Livestream for Pastors


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Courage: Pastoring in Pandemic – A Special Livestream for Pastors



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Courage: Pastoring in Pandemic

Carrying on ministry in these trying times is challenging at best. Pastors are particularly burdened with navigating the many tedious and potentially life-altering decisions.

The Church of God Center for Ministerial Care will present Courage: Pastoring in Pandemic on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 AM to 12 PM.  The event will feature an array of speakers and be available online at

https://www.facebook.com/cogcmc
https://www.facebook.com/COGHQ

Panel members and special guests are listed in the graphic below:

Makes plans now to join us for this informative event.


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Dr. Tim Hill Calls for “Day of Prayer” on July 12


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Dr. Tim Hill Calls for “Day of Prayer” on July 12



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Dr. Tim Hill Calls for “Day of Prayer” on July 12

Cleveland, TN: On behalf of the Church of God International Executive Committee, General Overseer Timothy M. Hill has issued a call for a Global Denominational Day of Prayer for the Church of God, this Sunday, July 12. He is asking for all pastors to set aside a time of focused prayer for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected the Church of God around the world, and for the recent racial unrest in the United States.

“With each passing day, the statistics concerning the Covid-19 pandemic become more and more alarming. While this pandemic has impacted every corner of the globe and the Church of God family has experienced the effects of this virus in almost all the 185 countries where we have ministries, it seems as though recently the United States, and particularly a handful of states, has suffered the brunt of the outbreak. Just this week, we have seen record daily infection numbers, with the total number of cases surpassing 3 million and the death toll now approaching 130,000. In addition, the global economic impact of the virus is substantial and most likely will continue to be felt well after the virus is eradicated.

Further, recent racial tensions in the United States have also given the church the opportunity to promote and model racial reconciliation and parity in our local communities. The church must exercise this opportunity of leadership in promoting racial equality.

It is time once again for the church as a whole – and the Church of God specifically – to pray and seek the face of God for a healing in our land. I call on every Church of God pastor to set aside time with your congregation this Sunday, July 12, to pray for a healing around the globe. Only God can provide the healing that this world needs.”

To see the personal call for prayer issued by General Overseer Hill, you can visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/timhill.

 


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PRAYER ALERT – Coronavirus Statement



PRAYER ALERT – Coronavirus Statement


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DATE: MARCH 7, 2020
FROM: DR. TIMOTHY M. HILL
SUBJECT: CORONAVIRUS STATEMENT

As the world navigates through the complexities of dealing with the coronavirus issue, please be aware that the Church of God takes very seriously the health of all our ministers, employees, and church attenders. It is our plan to assure that every possible consideration and precaution is taken. Likewise, I would personally encourage every local church, state/regional office, and every church entity to exercise wisdom and care as we deal with the potential spread of this virus. Most of all, I encourage all of us to pray for a speedy solution to this situation. In that regard, the following call to prayer was issued earlier on our media platforms:

“I am asking our Church of God family around the world to pray for those impacted by the coronavirus and for many others that are fearful of the possible continued spread of the virus. Because of the deadly consequences of coronavirus, it is important that we lift up those directly impacted by the virus, but that we also take the necessary health precautions personally to prevent the spread of the disease.

Since the outbreak of the virus, I have not changed my travel schedule and have visited several countries around the globe. I am currently traveling with a group of our Church of God family in the Holy Land on our “Journey of Pentecost” tour. However, I have tried to stay mindful of the health recommendations by the local authorities and have exercised personal caution as I have traveled and met with local groups and congregations.

As the coronavirus continues to spread and new cases are discovered, I am calling on our church family to pray for God’s mercy and favor to stop the spread of the virus and bring a total halt to this deadly disease. There is no doubt that we serve a God that hears our prayers and our pleas for help.
As we continue to prayer for healing around the world for those impacted by the coronavirus, all previously scheduled church events will go forward.”

As you face questions about how our local churches should respond or questions about whether certain state, national, or international meetings are going to be held, it is important for you to know that I have appointed a task force to stay on top of this issue and to report to me recommendations that are made by health officials. As noted in the Prayer Alert above, no church events have been cancelled as of this date and each event will be considered on an individual basis as it approaches.

For churches in your state/region, I would encourage you to pass on information about how they can access the reports issued by the Center for Disease Control. Instead of us trying to issue separate guidelines, we suggest that local congregations be familiar with the suggestions and guidance from the CDC and that they follow their recommendations.
 
Most importantly, I ask that our church family continue to pray for a stop to this disease. 

Sincerely,

Timothy M. Hill
General Overseer

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