Announcement of Livestream Global Ministers Meeting – Addressing International General Assembly Postponement and Related Issues


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Announcement of Livestream Global Ministers Meeting – Addressing International General Assembly Postponement and Related IssuesWithout a doubt, this has been a historic week in the Church of God. Not only did the International Executive Council postpone the…<!–



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TO:        All Ministers

DATE:    Friday, April 24, 2020

RE:        Announcement of Livestream Global Ministers Meeting  – Addressing International General Assembly Postponement and Related Issues 

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Without a doubt, this has been a historic week in the Church of God. Not only did the International Executive Council postpone the 78th General Assembly, but the Council met in a regularly scheduled session by videoconference for the very first time. Even 6 to 8 weeks ago, neither of those actions would have seemed imaginable.

But here we are! Without a doubt, we have entered what some are calling a new “normal.” What we anticipated being a quick return to how we had previously done business has now changed into a situation where our economy and our lives seem to have been frozen in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that started less than two months ago.

With the postponement of the 78th International General Assembly, many questions must be addressed by the Executive Committee and, in some cases, the Executive Council. While many hoped that every question could have been answered at the time we announced the postponement of the General Assembly, I felt that it was best that we take some time to reflect on this historic decision, and most importantly, seek the face of God as to how we should address the consequences of such a decision.

Because of our previous schedule, as well as internal church polity, there are many pressing matters that are intricately connected to the function and operation of the church, based upon having a General Assembly and its two-year cyclical schedule. Those matters have to be addressed by the Executive Committee in short order – and we will do so.

Although the “continuity of governance” document adopted by the Executive Council deals with the continuation of ecclesiastical and legal authority for all general elected positions, there are many other appointments, primarily at the state level and on general boards/committees, that must be addressed. Again, I felt that it was wise for the Executive Committee to take time over the next few days to pray about all of these issues, many that we have been discussing well before the Executive Council made its decision.

As soon as those decisions are made, you can be assured that the information will be passed on to you as quickly as possible. I have purposed to be as transparent as possible during these very trying and unprecedented times. I will personally assure you that the Executive Committee is committed to follow the Minutes of the Church of God and will continue to allow them to guide us during this crisis, and that we will put the health and well-being of our leaders, pastors, and local churches at the forefront of every decision.

The Executive Committee is scheduled to meet early next week to begin working through, and hopefully, answering many of the questions that have been posed to us as a result of this postponement. As previously noted, as soon as we have those answers, we will make them available to you. We will use every form of media available to get that information out. Our primary source, however, will be the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section of the website www.ga20.org. I suggest checking that website often for the latest updates.

In addition, we have scheduled another Livestream Global Ministers’ Meeting for next Wednesday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m. ET. Please use the link below on the day of the event to access the livestream.

Even though we will not be having a General Assembly this year, you can be assured that the Church of God is still “the Church on Mission“ with a FINISH Commitment Focus.

Thank you and I look forward to your participation in next Wednesday’s event.

Dr. Timothy M. Hill
Church of God General Overseer

 

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International Executive Council Meets in Historic Session



International Executive Council Meets in Historic Session


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International Executive Council Meets in Historic Session

Cleveland, TN – The International Executive Council of the Church of God met in their regularly-scheduled spring session on Monday, April 20, 2020, where they made the historic decision to postpone the 78th International General Assembly until 2022. In what would have been a session to finalize the agenda for the Assembly, members of the Church’s governing body instead grappled with the fallout of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic that has impacted millions of lives and caused countless deaths around the globe.

From the beginning of the process, General Overseer Tim Hill challenged the Council to follow four clear priorities in making their decision:

  • The decision had to be pleasing and honoring to the Lord
  • The health and well-being of our church members and participants had to be first and foremost in our thought process – and we had to consider both our national and international delegates potentially from 185 nations
  • The financial and economic concerns of the local church, pastors, and delegates had to be factored into the decision, and
  • The decision had to be as least intrusive on the Church of God Minutes and Bylaws as possible.

Working from a proposal crafted by a specially appointed General Assembly Task Force, the Council adopted a resolution, stating in part that, “the 78th International General Assembly be postponed until the summer of 2022.” The measure also gave the Executive Committee the authority to continue its negotiations with the City of Indianapolis about an event in that city in the future.

The extensive resolution presented to the Council was the result of hours of discussion and debate by the Task Force, made up of Executive Council members and chaired by Dr. Mark Williams. A second item recommended by the Task Force and presented to the Council dealt with a continuity of governance within the Church of God in the intervening period of 2020 to 2022. The resolution provided that, “persons currently holding general elected positions continue in their positions with full legal and ecclesiastical authority until such time as nominations or elections by the International General Council and elections by the International General Assembly can be properly conducted and successors chosen.”

As stated several times by Council members, the second resolution was necessary to “keep the plane flying.” The resolution cited this “unprecedented period the Church of God, as well as the world is experiencing through the shutdown of economies, churches and businesses and how the continuing worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus is preventing the usual operation of the denomination.” 

An overarching sentiment expressed throughout the Council meeting was the concern for the health and well-being of Church of God constituents around the globe. Comments from Task Force members revealed the on-going travel restrictions that are and would likely be in place well into next year and concerns for the timing of an economic recovery worldwide.

“We are in uncharted waters and decisions made by this body may not be pleasing to everyone,” Hill stated in his closing remarks to the Council. “However, we have done our best to be respectful of our Minutes. God knew this was coming.… He knows where we are and that this body would be in place to grapple with this matter. My prayer is for a period of continuing to be ‘the Church on Mission’ as we seek to FINISH the Great Commission.”

Click or Tap the buttons below to view either of the two motions passed by the International Executive Council on Monday, April 20, 2020:

Motion to Postpone the 78th General Assembly
Continuity of Church Government

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SPECIAL ALERT – Dr. Hill Hosting Livestream Covid-19 Crisis Update for All Ministers/Pastors



SPECIAL ALERT – Dr. Hill Hosting Livestream Covid-19 Crisis Update for All Ministers/Pastors


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Church of God Livestream Update on Covid-19 for All Ministers

On Friday, April 3 at 1:00 pm EST, General Overseer Tim Hill will host a special livestream event for all Church of God ministers. The International Executive Committee will join Dr. Hill in presenting information on the Church of God’s continued response to the coronavirus pandemic. Click on the link below to be directed to information concerning joining the livestream.

Please join this important event with the entire Church of God International Executive Committee.

 

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Participation in the Final Global Ministry Forums Encouraged



Participation in the Final Global Ministry Forums Encouraged

Participation in Final Forums Encouraged

CLEVELAND, TN:  As October begins, only five Global Ministry Forums are left to be conducted. Ministers and laity who have not previously attended a forum are encouraged to participate in one of the remaining forums.

“Every person who has not already attended a forum and who is interested in the future of the Church of God should try to attend one of the last few forums,” noted Dr. Timothy M. Hill, General Overseer of the Church of God. “Without all the rules that limit what can be discussed at meetings like the General Assembly, these forums have been an open and honest discussion about the issues. So don’t miss these final few opportunities to be heard.”

On Tuesday evening, Oct. 1, a forum will be held in the Pacific Northwest at New Life Fellowship Church in Longview, WA and then on Thursday, Oct. 3, another forum will occur at the Church on Strayer in the Toledo, OH area. 

Those Global Ministry Forums will be followed by others in Hurst, TX (Oct. 15); Chicago, IL (Romanian Convention, Nov. 9); and Dasmarinas City, Philippines (Nov. 15).

The Global Ministry Forum survey will also close in mid-November. Everyone is encouraged to complete the survey, regardless of whether you are able to attend a forum.  More information on the remaining forums and the survey can be found at the Global Ministry Forums website by clicking or taping the button below.
 

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