Church of God General Assembly 2018 Agenda: Council of 24

Notice of Proposal to Amend the Bylaws of the International General Council and the International General Assembly

In accordance with the Minutes of the International General Assembly, the following amendment related to the Bylaws of the Church of God is being recommended by the International Executive Council to the 2018 International General Council for consideration.
Previous Notice

We recommend:

That we amend page 61, S2. BYLAWS OF THE CHURCH OF GOD, ARTICLE VI., Governing Bodies, 3. INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, Members—by deleting the words— “eighteen councilors [ the Council of Eighteen]” and replace with—twenty-four councilors [ the Council of Twenty-four].

So as to read:

The general overseer, his assistants, the secretary general, and twenty-four councilors [the Council of Twenty-four] elected by the International General Council shall constitute the International Executive Council of the church.
1986—The Executive Council was increased from 12 members to 18 members.  Membership in the United States and Canada was 546,728 and part of a worldwide membership of 1,652,089, with churches in 109 countries of the world.

2018—Membership in the United States and Canada is now 1,189,304 and part of a worldwide membership of 7,468,083, with churches in 184 countries of the world.

While the number of elected members of the Executive Council has remained the same for the past 32 years, membership has increased by 5,819,994 members during that same time period.

In light of this substantial growth, we are proposing that the number of Executive Council members be increased from 18 members to 24 members, plus the International Executive Committee which serves as members of the Executive Council by virtue of their office.

Further, that the General Council give equitable consideration in the selection process for ethnic and generational representation on the Executive Council.

It is understood that if adopted any reference to “eighteen (18) members” in S2. BYLAWS OF THE CHURCH OF GOD, or in any other section of the International General Assembly Minutes, shall be amended to “twenty-four (24) members” or the “Council of Twenty-four” where appropriate.

1.      Is this measure proportional to the international growth of the Church of God?

2.      Does the item allow for hearing of congregations at the periphery of the denomination?

3.      Does the measure compliment or contradict other agenda items on international ministry awareness and denominational growth?


19 comments on Church of God General Assembly 2018 Agenda: Council of 24

  1. Just curious. Why is the executive council only made up of males, no females?? Also, can females serve as delegates to the GA?? Can they vote in various elections??

  2. Charles Page Jim Price Melvin Harter Alan Smith Measure préambule states need based on significant organizational growth. Proposed increase of 30% responds to some 6,000,000 member growth.

    International 5,000,000+ member growth is assigned one extra international council member

    while national growth to about 1,000,000 souls is assigned 5 extra new national council members

    Is the measure thus stated proportional to the international growth of the Church of God?

  3. No I don’t think so but still on a dollar proportional amount it’s about all the 5 million can afford. Thank heavens, with the internet those scattered around the world can now communicate and don’t have to depend on slow mail. In another few years the tail will be wagging the dog, as the saying goes.

  4. What do you mean dollar proportional Jim Price? Cog national operates on about $20,000,000 annual budget. World Missions probably about half of that on the US side. Surely 6,000,000+ members in almost 150 countries operate on a budget much larger than $20M?

    1. Well it’s possible but I am thinking that CoG members in underdeveloped countries only earn about 1/5 to 1/4 what the U S members earn. Either way it’s a complicated formula.

    2. Multiply that by the 5,000,000 members outside the US vs the 1,000,000 in the U.S. and you get equal numbers So the economic logic is hard to apply on this issue. Reciprocity is just not there

  5. Daniel Blaylock Melvin Harter Was it fully resolved at last day General Assembly session that now 3 international internationals shall be elected to C18?

    1. It will be included in the updated minutes. It happened on the last day. There was a great measure set forth by Tom Sterbens which had much momentum that would have caused an even greater re-overhaul of the executive Council.

      He proposed that we add a representative from each world missions region selected by members from that region to the council, increasing the number to 24. Unfortunately such a motion required prior notice and could not be voting on; it would likely have carried. I expect to see it at the next assembly and would be surprised if it did not pass.

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