The Board of Bishops is the Trial Court for all Bishops with the exception of General Board members and Judiciary Board members who are Bishops.
The Board of Bishops is an Independent Board, with an elected Chairman, First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Sergeant at Arms. These eight elected positions along with five appointments form the thirteen member Executive Board.
In their respective Jurisdictions, the Bishops are the Executive Branch and the Jurisdictional Officers make up his cabinet.
Here are some documents for the Board of Bishops.
Here are the rules (version 2) in PDF form. Process and Procedure
Read this letter written by a COGIC Bishop Enough is Enough!
The trial and trials of Bishop Thomas Holsey. Click here to view
Here are the things for which a Bishop can have charges filed against him and the procedures for the trial.
Send all correspondence via Certified Mail. Save your receipts and return cards. This is proof it was mailed.
*There is a three year “Statute of Limitations” for charges against a Bishop, except for sexual misconduct which has a ten (10) year limitation. If the victim is less than eighteen years old at the time of the misconduct, the time limit is ten (10) years after the victims twenty-first (21) birthday.*
[Editors note: In all cases of sexual abuse of minors, law enforcement should be called. In many states there are mandatory reporting laws which require the abuse be reported.]
To file charges against a bishop, send the grievance to;
The Chairman of the Board of Bishops, CC it to both the Board of Bishop’s Secretary and the Chairman of the Grievance Committee. Also send a copy to the General Secretary Bishop Lyle.
Bishop Joel H. Lyle Jr.
Church of God in Christ, Inc.
930 Mason Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38126