WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?

Under the current Constitution/Charter of the Church of God in Christ, there are only two groups of people that have Constitutional rights.  Those two groups are Bishops and Pastors.  Rights that are not explicitly expressed are not protected.   Rights which have been extended by practice are not the same as Constitutional rights and can be easily removed.  If it comes to that, a civil court is only concerned about what the Constitution/Charter says, not the intent of the framers.  In the eyes of the civil court, if the Doctrine conflicts with the Constitution/Charter, the Constitution/Charter will reign supreme.  It is important to have the language clear and precise so no controversy may arise due to an individual misrepresenting the content of the Constitution/Charter.
The GENERAL ASSEMBLY is the only law making body in COGIC.  If you are a concerned  member of COGIC, you should become involved in the GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  To qualify as a delegate to the General Assembly you must be in one of the following categories;
(a) Bishops: General Board, Jurisdictional Domestic, Foreign, Auxiliary, Emeritus.
(b) Pastors/Elders: Administrative Assistants, District Superintendent, Pastors and Elders without charge.
(c) Supervisors: Jurisdictional Domestic, Foreign, Supervisor without charge Domestic and Foreign
(d) District Missionaries: 4 per Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Foreign and Domestic
(e) Wives: Of current and former General Board members and of Jurisdictional Bishops Foreign and Domestic and
(f) Lay delegates: 6 per Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Foreign and Domestic
(h) Specials: At the discretion of the chair and with the approval of the Assembly
You must pay your National Report and be in good standing with your Jurisdiction;
(definition of good standing-Your Bishop can find a way to disqualify you if he wants to)

Read the expose on Constitutional Rights

Who Owns The Church?  READ THIS IS YOUR CHURCH SAFE?  WHAT DOES A HIERARCHICAL SYSTEM MEAN?   We are told it means the Church is Ecclesiastical, one of appointments; the Presiding Bishop appoints the Jurisdictional Bishop who appoints the Pastor and on down the line.

That is partially correct; just as there are warnings about the possible  side effects of a  drug, there are side effects to that statement.   The side effect becomes who owns the local church. READ THE HIERARCHICAL POLITY SYSTEM.

What  we are not told is, in the eyes of the civil court, the parent church (hierarchical) owns the property.  When a National Church is hierarchical, the local people have the rights of a sharecropper.  This is why some Bishops treat the people and the property as possessions.  This is why some Bishops and those who advise them run to the civil court, sue and say it is for the good of the Church.  (The Pharisees also went to the civil authorities).  The General Assembly can define its position on property ownership.  It is the only lawmaking, doctrine expressing body.  Become active in the General Assembly.  Hosea 4:6

Church Transfer Procedure

 Each church with a Pastor, has the right to transfer Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions once every (12) twelve months.  See the Church of God in Christ Constitutional Transfer Procedure

Contact Information: admin@cogicjustice.net

97 Responses to WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?

  1. J.F. MORRIS says:

    Thank you for this very enlightening, yet alarming information. With the apparent contradictions with and unjust treatment of the local churches, how does a church properly and effectively remove itself from the under the Church of God in Christ rule?

    • admin says:

      Per the COGIC Constitution, withdrawal can only be with the permission of the General Assembly. There are currently no “procedures” in place. Right now it depends on the character (or lack thereof) of your Bishop how difficult that will be. It must however begin with the Pastor, COGIC does not recognize the rights of a congregation as some reformations do. Even though the documents do not state it, they hold all transfers or withdrawal must be initiated by the Pastor. Send me an email for further discussion.

      • TG says:

        What can a local congregation do when it does not agree with the Jurisdictional Bishop selection of pastor? Are there any legal avenues? What if the local church by-laws states that members have a right to vote for a pastor?

        • admin says:

          Unfortunately, when you search the COGIC documents, the local congregation has NO RIGHTS. Read the article “Constitutional Rights Expose”. Also realize the General Board, and the Board of Bishops will not help. They will accept whatever the Bishop wants. Unless he does something that is listed in the things he can be charged with, they will do nothing. Send me an email at admin@cogicjustice.net and we can discuss this further.

  2. Kinley says:

    Can a church that is requesting to transfer from a jurisdiction do so prior to the Superintendent meeting with the members to hear what their dissatisfactions are and can the same church proceed with the request with unresolved property issues? We have a pastor has refused on numerous times to allow the Superintendent and District Missionary the opportunity to meet with the members and the only reason they would like to meet with the members is because they have no idea why the church desires to transfer, therefore they can not brief the Bishop. Also this same church has property which the previous pastor is being held as a gurantor and he has requested to be released of the property but the current pastor has yet taken any action to do so. Can the voting be conducted with these issues?

    • admin says:

      The Superintendent is not involved in the process. You do not have to give a reason other than you want to transfer. Each church has the right per the constitution to transfer once a year. You can download the procedures from this site. The only requirements are; the Pastor sends a letter to the General Secretary of COGIC, the Bishop of the Jurisdiction he wants to transfer to, and the Bishop of the Jurisdiction he wants to leave, Notifying them of a vote to transfer. It should state a vote will be taken 30 days out. Send all three via certified mail. Each Bishop has the right to be present to OBSERVE the vote. Please contact us by email for further info at admin@cogicjustice.net

  3. Kinley says:

    Thank you for the education.

    Could you elaborate on wheter or not the church still be granted permission to transfer with the issue of the former pastor and a church member that is no longer on the loan for the church property and has requested the church that is transferring to remove them from the loan prior to any transferring is permitted. Is this a church matter that the jurisdiction should get involved in or is it a banking or legal matter between the church and its former pastor?

  4. Rob says:

    Here is a question. Can a bishop for any reason refuse to accept transfer of a church? I mean lets say that church has a history of transferring a lot or is troublesome or is a bishop or jurisdiction required to accept transfer of that church.

    • admin says:

      That is a question that has not come up before. We will check that out and respond when we can answer.

    • admin says:

      Whenever a subject is not addressed in the Constitution, the bishop is free to do as he chooses in church matters. There is nothing that says he has to accept a transfer.

  5. Mike says:

    It been great reading all this. Thanks for the EDU.
    Question? If a local church was to go ahead and remove the name Church of God in Christ off of the Deed,building and bank account. Could the national church bring legal action? If so, What actions?

    Also

    What power does the founding pastor of the church have?

    • admin says:

      Yes, to just remove the name does not protect you. The constitution, Article III, Part II, Section D, paragraph 5 pg15 states
      “A local church, which has been accepted by the Church Of God In Christ and issued a Certificate of Membership, shall not have the legal right or privilege to withdraw or sever its relations with the General Church, except by and with the permission of the General Assembly.” Notify the General Secretary, and the General Assembly Chairman, both via certified mail of your intent. The chairman can advise you as to what to do.
      The church can transfer jurisdictions once a year.

  6. Wanda says:

    Could you please share with me the process if a minister or pastor wanted to leave the denomination? Are they “stripped” of their credentials and can no longer preach under C.O.G.I.C.?

    • admin says:

      Since all licenses and credentials are now issued by the General Secretary in Memphis, the license or Ordination papers do not expire, they can be revoked but they do not expire. When a member of the clergy leaves the COGIC denomination, it is the Bishop who has to notify the National Church to remove someone from the list. If the license is not revoked then they can still technically say they are licensed by COGIC. When the Bishop turns in the National reports, each clergy member is listed on the Jurisdictional Master list. If you pay your report, you are considered in “good standing” and receive the appropriate card (for Elders the Blue and Gold card) which expires each year in September. The card says you paid your report, gives you access to the General Assembly and the Judicial process. Lack of a card does not determine membership.

      There is no automatic process for removal.

      • ..... says:

        If I misplaced my card but I have my black clergy cord am I still allowed to go to various events as an elder ? Such as aim etc and how could I obtain another card ?

        • admin says:

          Your Blue and Gold Card shows you have paid your National Report. It is the only thing that shows you are in “good standing”. It will depend upon the people at the registration. Perhaps your Bishop can vouch for you. As far as a replacement you must contact Bishop Lyle the General Secretary. The cards expire in September of each year. You should get your new one between the April Call meeting

  7. Chantelle says:

    If you miss paying your assessment for your license if you are a missionary, elder, pastor,etc., does that means COGIC revoke your credentials

    • admin says:

      No it does not. If you don’t make your report, you do not get your Blue and Gold card which means you cannot be a delegate to the General Assembly. Your license is not hinged on your report. The only way credentials can be revoked is through the judicial process. Charges have to be filed and a trial etc. This is according to Article VIII of the COGIC constitution.

      • .. says:

        How much is it for COGIC Elder credentials ?

        • admin says:

          The General Assembly sets the assessment amount, at this time it is $150.00 for ordained Elder credentials. That is the National only, your jurisdiction most likely has assessments also.

          • .. says:

            Do you have to be a ordained minister before you are an ordained Elder?

          • admin says:

            In COGIC only an Elder is Ordained, a minister is licensed. Normally, you have to be a licensed minister first. However, if your Bishop chooses to, he can license and Ordain almost simultaneously. To be ordained, you have to be recommended by your pastor, then the bishop if he chooses to will do so provided you meet the qualifications. You have to have a background check and take and pass an online sexual harassment course. All credentials come out of Memphis and will not be issued without those conditions

          • .. says:

            Does a minister have a cord that he wears in the COGIC?

          • admin says:

            No, a cord of any type is not part of a licensed minister attire.

          • .. says:

            Ok so what is apart of the lisensed minister attire ?

          • admin says:

            I am copying what is in the Official Manual so I don’t give out any wrong information. Basically it is dress clothes, a suit and tie. I am certain other colors may be worn generally, but the black suit, tie, etc is the official dress
            DIVISION VII – THE MINISTER
            A. CIVIC
            The Licensed Minister may not wear a clerical collar as that of the Ordained Clergy of the Church. However, as an indication of his apprenticeship in the Ministry and to signify his Candidature for Ordination, it is required that the Minister wear the black suit, black shoes, black socks, white shirt with black necktie.
            Provided permission is given by the pastor of a Licentiate, he may on occasion, wear the “Brothers Rabat and Collar.” This collar must be ordered through the Church Of God In Christ Bookstore in Memphis, so that uniformity will prevail. In any event, the Minister may not wear the “Brother’s Collar” without express permission from his pastor.
            B. CEREMONIAL
            Since the Licentiate is not Ordained, it is never in order for him to wear a robe or cassock of any kind. As indicated, in the Division above, he may wear the “Brother’s Rabat and Collar” with permission from his pastor, but only then when specific need demands it.

      • .. says:

        How do you become a cogic Adjudant?

  8. Pastor Frank Taylor says:

    When will a church receive a
    Certificate from the National Church that says there church is a member of the Church of God In Christ

    • admin says:

      The bishop is supposed to submit the information to the General Secretary and he will issue the certificate. All certificates and license now come from the General Secretary at the Bishop’s request.

  9. Dr. Deborah A Bonner BS/MA/DMM says:

    Question, when an Elder paid his and wife’s Evangelist national report and 1\2 of the State Assessments for both per instructed by the Secretary, prior the November 2015 Convocation. Then recently my and l called and asked why we didn’t get our national cards. The told us we are not going to get them, even though we paid our national report it will be at the Bishop’s discretion. In the 39 years faithful years we have been this has never happened before. Is this legal them to hold our and national cards leaders have paid their natioa! Reports?
    Respectfully and Prayfully submitted,

    • admin says:

      The National reports are turned in during the April Call meeting. Your cards come in the mail usually before September. The date on the cards would be for let’s say September 2015 – September 2016. The Bishop or the Jurisdictional secretary are supposed to turn in all National money on the Jurisdictional Financial Report Form (F-1),referred to as the F1 form. If you did not receive your card, check with Bishop Frank A. White to see if your name and report was included on your jurisdictions F-1 form. If it is there, your report was turned in, check with Bishop Joel Lyles the General Secretary to see why you did not receive it. If your cards normally come through the mail, from the National Church, it is possible it was not turned in. Your canceled check will serve as your receipt. It could present problems for your bishop.

      • Dr. Deborah A Bonner BS/MA/DMM says:

        According our information we received our national reports were never turned in and my husband Elder James L Bonner has a receipt, which we discovered through our Pastor that Jurisdictional Secretary made another mistake and thought I was an inspiring Missionary, which I am a Licensed Evangelist and I also have my Doctorate degree in Ministry. We are not trying to get anyone in trouble, we want it understood that we did in fact ay our National reports with the full understanding that the money would be turned in to the officials. We have never had anything ever happen like this before. In time pass other Bishops have stated to Jurisdictional leaders if you not able to pay all your State report make sure you pay National reports, some were able and may not be able at particular time. We were never told our cards going to be withheld from us as a punishment as if we have sinned or committed a crime. Where is the love of Christ in this I have saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost for almost 40 years ministering, prophesying and preaching wherever our precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will open up the door for us I and Elder Bonner to go forth and we are soul focus and soul conscious. This is first we have experienced anything like this. We do not want the National thinking that we did pay our reports. Also we would like to know if we could pay our reports directly to Memphis, Tennessee? Furthermore, is there a National report for a inspiring Missionary?

        • admin says:

          The Evangelist Missionary’s national report is $75.00, the Deaconess (licensed) Missionary’s report is $50.00. There is no National Report for an Aspiring Missionary’s. You cannot pay the reports directly, however, if you think there is something going on, you can call the General Secretary Bishop Lyle of the financial Secretary Bishop Antoine White. There are also charges that can be filed.

        • Dr. Deborah A Bonner BS/MA/DMM says:

          We did not want the National to think we did not pay our National reports because we did most certainly did. Sorry it was errors in typing the letter above forgive for the errors. We are both saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost. We humbly thank you for your information so we can get this situation resolved. God bless you all richly is our prayer.

  10. Rev. Victor says:

    can a District superintented establish a local church in respect of COGIC?
    thanks

  11. For my Children's Children says:

    My Pastor has created a board of trustees to help protect the church. They do not want to leave COGIC, but want to protect the church properties. The membership is being held together by a string. If something happened to the Pastor and the board of trustees step up to the plate can they dictate who the next pastor should be. Keep in mind, they have incorporated the church and do not use the National’s tax I.D. The property is under another 501c3

    • admin says:

      No they cannot. Despite what you hear, the leaders of the National Church believe the National Church owns all property. They have taken numerous churches to court and in some cases put the members out. In COGIC, only a Jurisdictional Bishop can appoint a pastor, the former General Counsel Enoch Perry III stated in court the bishop has the exclusive right to appoint the next pastor.
      Depending on your state law, and the character of your bishop, you would be treated as a sharecropper.
      If he chooses, your pastor can hold a vote and with permission from the General Assembly, leave COGIC.
      The National Church will not help you, they will help the bishop.

  12. For my Children's Children says:

    The Board of Trustees is also the ones signed for the loan of the church.

    • admin says:

      Again depending on your state law, that does not matter. If the loan is in the trustees name they can be liable. If it is in the churches name they could appoint someone and he would then be responsible to pay the loan. The National Church will not pay it. The information in the Black Book concerning property is mostly obsolete. They operate off the rules in the Green and White Book. Separate 501c3 has not helped some other churches with that problem.

  13. Laymen #1 says:

    I attended a ordination service last Sunday located in a different jurisdiction, the pastor their ordained a friend of mines brother and wife as a pastor and missionary, my friend told me that they did not take an classes to become a minister or elder, they build a small church and just decided they wanted to become pastor and missionary. My question is how is that possible and does a local pastor have the right to ordain a missionary, minister, elder or pastor without them taking classes or going before a committee

    • admin says:

      In COGIC, only a Jurisdictional Bishop can ordain a minister. If he cannot come, the Bishop can authorize someone to act in his place. Some jurisdictions require the candidate to attend classes and most require one pass an exam. There is currently no standardized class or process to become ordained. The local pastor must recommend the minister for ordination. In the case of someone starting a church, they will almost always ordain him because only an ordained elder can be a pastor, perform weddings, officiate funerals, and administer the ordinances of the curch.

  14. Laymen #1 says:

    Thank you for the information

  15. PK22 says:

    Has the installation process changed for a pastor? I know there is a credit check and criminal background check required, but other than that, what prevents a bishop from installing a pastor within two months, six months etc.

    • admin says:

      Although they do have to pass a background check which has more to do with sexual misconduct than anything else many times it boils down to extra money. as long as he is the “interim Pastor” the Bishop collects the pastoral monies. The background check is the only delay, there is no minimum or maximum time to appoint a pastor.

  16. EDB says:

    If a member leaves a COGIC Church do to God’s direction for their lives and to walk in their destiny, and may be they are relocating. The person submitted a letter to the Pastor and talked with him or her. Does the Pastor need to write a letter to where the member is going to attend?

    • admin says:

      Part III, Section D.of the Official Manual deals with membership transfers. Here is a link to a copy of that section.
      D. Transfer and Termination of Membership
      Very few follow this procedure.

      • EDB says:

        This is exactly my point. The Pastor has not followed this procedure in Part III, Section D. Now that there are certain members that are leaving because of God’s direction and relocating to another city and state, the Pastor is stating the member that is leaving needs a letter. And this is just starting. This protcol was never in effect and matter of fact not even followed. In Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34 it talks about God does not show partialty or favortism. I believe wants GOOD for one is GOOD for ALL. I know several people that were members including clergy that have recently left and left in the past; join other COGIC Church’s and went to another denominations and the Pastor never stated that he needed to give them a letter. This has happened within several years. I know God requires his people to things decently and in order. I believe if the person talks to the Pastor submits a written letter that should be it, especailly when most of the local Pastor’s do not follow proper protcol from offical manual. Even you from administration board stated that very few does not follow the procedure according to the offical manual. It is just a concern that I encountered. I believe and feel that things should be done in fairness especailly if we are calling ourselves being like Jesus. Not only that professing and proclaiming ourselves being SAVED, SANCTIFIED AND FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST! I Want To Thank You For Responding To My Post. And To God Be The Glory!

        • admin says:

          One of the problems is many leaders have been told that part is not law, it is “dicta” ceremonial and they don’t have to do it. thi that is what the former General Counsel said under oath in court.
          Also, this website is not part of COGIC, Inc. other than some of our staff are members. According to Hosea 4:6; “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”
          This site was started to help the people obtain knowledge of Cogic’s laws and system.

  17. EDB says:

    I know this is not part of COGIC INC. understand that completely. I felt it would not be wrong to write a concern and express some a thought. And to get a response that will obtain knowledge and understanding. The book Hosea 4:6 is so true. This why I as a person always will research, because I was taught at a young age and according to scriptures. That I will know for myself, and that no one can just can say anything to me and I will just go by what they are saying.

  18. EDB says:

    I am going to say this it is very important to study to show thy approved. A person can obtain knowledge again there will be an understanding. Isaiah 5:13 There my people are gone into captivity; because they no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up thirst.

  19. Tiffanyraquel74 says:

    How come in the Cogic, License missionary,Deaconess missionary, and Evangelist missionary do not have the right to be apart of The General assembly? Why can’t Minister of music be a part of a license, The music make the church now days

    • admin says:

      The General Assembly does have limited number of District Missionaries as delegates. Each group of missionaries you mentioned can be delegates if they are elected as lay members which each jurisdiction can elect in limited numbers. Minister of Music is a title even though the individual can be a minister. The General Assembly is the body in COGIC which decides who can be a delegate

  20. MacV9 says:

    I know that credentials are being mailed out and many of my brothers and sister have receieved theirs. I am a new at this process. So my question:

    Is there a different process for new credential holders?

    Being that I haven’t received mine as of yet (08/23/16) is there a chance of rebuttal?

    • admin says:

      Before I answer that I want to reiterate, this site is not an Official COGIC site. However, if you have paid your report you can expect to receive one. Check with the people in your jurisdiction.

  21. WJP says:

    I know that originally Bishop Mason did not have a provision for women to become Ministers/Pastors under the COGIC. However, I know that there are a lot of women within the COGIC that are Pastors not because they are holding the church but because they started their own church. So, my question is can a woman become a Licensed Minister/Ordained Minister under the COGIC or are women limited to Licensed Evangelist or Missionary positions?

    • admin says:

      There is no provision for women to be licensed Pastors/Ministers. However the licensed Evangelist and Licensed Missionary are both clergy positions. Only Ordained Elders can be a Pastor, a licensed minister who starts his own church would be ordained before being recognized as a pastor. A licensed minister is the male counter part to a licensed missionary. What COGIC calls a missionary would be a minister in many other reformations. The exception is in foreign workers, many governments only recognize Ordination papers and those on the foreign mission field can be ordained.

  22. LadyJTP says:

    If a lady has already received a deaconess missionary license and has now wants to obtain an evangelist missionary license, is she required to have a background check and complete the online sexual misconduct course again?

  23. Jay Raynard says:

    First and foremost thank you for the information. Currently, I am an independent pastor who has been considering becoming a part of C.O.G.I.C. My question is,my wife and I purchased the church facility utilizing our own personal compay and we leased the church facility to the church body and it’s christian school. Can C.O.G.I.C still take possession of the church even if the church was purchased by a private entity?

    • admin says:

      It depends on how you are set up. If you have a legally drawn up lease agreement, not just a verbal one and as long as it is a tenant relationship that offers the most protection. Have everything dealing with the property operate in that tenant landlord sphere. Typically they would wait until you die to move on the property. It really depends on the character of your bishop

  24. Cogic Minister says:

    what is the process of becoming an ordained Elder .

    • admin says:

      In most cases, your pastor recommends the candidate to the bishop, there is usually a class and an appearance before the Jurisdictional Ordination Board. I he passes, he is then ordained most often and a jurisdictional meeting. Check with your pastor and/or bishop

  25. Annie says:

    Can a woman who’s husband was a former pastor invite another Bishop outside of the COGIC to ordain her as pastor of a COGIC? The jurisdictional prelate does not approve of this however she has hired another bishop (Not in the COGIC) to come and ordain her as pastor. Is this permissible?

    • admin says:

      No this is not permissible for two reasons.
      1. Only a COGIC Jurisdictional Bishop can appoint a Pastor and that only in his Jurisdiction.
      2. Only an Ordained Elder can be a COGIC Pastor, COGIC does not ordain women except in the case of a foreign country only recognizing credentials of Ordination to be a missionary or clergy member of any type in their country.

      For the wife of the former Pastor, just as the wife of the President of the United States becomes the former first lady and except for respect and honor has no authority, so it is with the former Pastors wife. She becomes the former first lady as soon as her husband is the former Pastor.

  26. Marian Polk-Gorden says:

    Our church is not affiliated with a jurisdiction. Can the credential reports be paid to directly go the National church

    • admin says:

      The official position is, you must pay through a jurisdiction. There may be a bishop who is willing to add you to their roster for the purpose of making a report.

  27. Servant says:

    Hello, my church was founded as a COGIC church in the early 1930s. We have recently decided to purchase a new church facility at a different location. Since we are moving the location of our church and the founding facility will still be standing but no longer in use by anyone, is it required under any COGIC laws that we must change our church name just because we are changing facilities?

    • admin says:

      There is no law that requires you to change your name. However, some bishops may believe they have a voice in your new property if you have any of the paper work associated with COGIC. They could have a claim on the founding facility but not the new one unless you put that info on your deed etc.

  28. Anthony Dean Shephard Sr. says:

    What if a Pastor of the local COGIC and its members have agreed to leave a district and its Superintendent.
    What are the proper procedures and can that request be denied?

    • admin says:

      There are no restrictions on moving from one district to another. It only mentions changing jurisdictions. Your bishop would be the only one who could approve or reject it. He does not need to approve a jurisdictional transfer.

  29. Emmanuel says:

    Please, who is qualify to be COGIC Jurisdictional Bishop in Nigeria; a pastor, a supritendent, an elder or who?
    Also, who is qualify to vote for a jurisdictional bishop in Nigeria?

  30. Emmanuel says:

    Thanks. But you’ve not answer my question.

    Let’s agree that the General Board decides or elects the Jurisdictional Bishop.

    However, there must be criteria to select a jurisdictional Bishop?

    Besides, do you mean that it us the genera board in Memphis Tennessee that will choose a jurisdictional Bishop for us here in Nigeria?

    • admin says:

      I am sorry I wasn’t clear. The Presiding Bishop with the approval of the General Board chooses all bishops, then the General Assembly must approve his selection. He may accept recommendations from others, but he does not have to. The election is really just seeing who the people are willing to follow, however it is not binding. If the people are united in their choice there is a higher probability they will get the one they selected.

  31. Emmanuel says:

    Thanks for the reply.
    It’s helpful.

    Please who is an ordained elder in Cogic?
    Also is there any difference between an ordained elder, a licensed minister and a local church pastor?

    • admin says:

      LICENSED MINISTER
      Local Preachers
      The local minister should be personally convinced of his call to the ministry before being granted a license. He should be able to convince others that God called him to preach, possess a holy conversation, sound understanding of the things of God, and have a good report of those within and without. He must be willing to “study to show himself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the world of Truth.” He should be one that has served faithfully in attendance, tithing and offering and obedience to his pastor for at least one year before being granted a license.
      The licensed preacher continues to be a lay member of the local church and his license to preach must be renewed each year unless he has been ordained.
      The licensed preacher shall have authority to preach, conduct worship services, visit jails and hospitals, and may serve a pastoral charge under supervision of a superintendent on a temporary basis, if the need arises. No member is authorized to preach representing the Church Of God In Christ, without a license.
      A licensed Minister of a local church shall be ordained by the following procedure:
      a. He must first be recommended by his pastor to the Ordination Committee of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of which his church is an affiliate, and said pastor shall present the credentials and qualifications of the candidate to said Committee.
      b. If the Committee approves the application of the candidate after examination and investigation of his credentials and qualifications, it shall recommend his ordination to his Jurisdictional Bishop.
      c. If the Jurisdictional Bishop approves, he shall thereupon ordain the applicant, who thereby becomes an ordained elder of the church. Only an ordained minister may administer the ordinances of the church.
      Ordained Elder
      14. A licensed Minister of a local church shall be ordained by the following procedures:
      (a) He must first be recommended by has Pastor to the Ordination Committee of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of which his church is an affiliate, and said Pastor shall present the credentials and qualifications of the candidate to said Committee
      (b) The credentials and qualifications of the candidate shall include his moral, spiritual fitness and attested loyalty to the Church and he shall also be required to satisfactorily complete a prescribed course of study as recognized by the General Assembly.
      (c) If the Committee approves the application of the Candidate after examination and investigation of his credentials and qualifications, the candidate shall be recommended for ordination to his Jurisdictional Bishop.
      (d) If the Bishop approves, he shall thereupon ordain the applicant, who thereby becomes an Ordained Elder of the Church
      15. Only an ordained Elder may administer the Ordinances of the Church
      ?
      PASTORS
      The pastor of a local church shall be appointed by the State Bishop of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church.
      [In some cases the Bishop can appoint a minister, and ordain him afterwards. Since only an ordained elder can administer the ordinances (Communion, Baptism, Foot washing) and perform marriage ceremony the pastor must be an Ordained.]

      Jurisdictional Bishop
      1. The qualifications of a Jurisdictional Bishop shall be as follows:
      (a) He must be an Ordained Elder of the Church. (b) He must be in good standing with the Church. (c) He must be a man of ability, honesty, and integrity, and he shall be dedicated to the work and service of the Church.
      2. A Jurisdictional Bishop shall have the right to appoint and ordain Elders.

  32. Emmanuel says:

    Thanks.
    God bless you.

  33. Emmanuel says:

    Peace be unto you the Admin.
    Well done for the great job you are doing for God here.
    Pls I have a very simple but highly sensitive question which I’ll appreciate if you’ll be able to answer me blatantly, without mixing words and in truth in accordance to COGIC stand, view, opinion, law, constitution or whatever lawful.
    PLEASE IS IT A SIN OR NOT ALLOWED IN COGIC FOR A MINISTER OF GOD TO HAVE HIS OWN ESTABLISHED MINISTRY AND YET BE AN ACTIVE WORKER OF COGIC; BEING OF GREAT USEFULNESS TO THE CHURCH (COGIC) AND THE CHURCH’S (COGIC’S) AUTHORITIES?

    Please the Admin, I’ll appreciate if you’ll help us do thorough research on this and give us a kind of answer that will be accepted in COGIC worldwide.

    Because this has to do with a brother having is own incorporated Evangelistic Ministry but still working greatly as a member and active worker of COGIC both at the local and jurisdictional levels. Even both in the youth dept (YPWW), Choir and the church as a whole.
    He pays dues and other necessary money required by both the local and the jurisdictional authorities.
    He is even presently the General Evangelist of the YPWW jurisdictional level.

    However, something happened of recent and some started criticising the man that he can’t have his own incorporated ministry and still be an active worker of COGIC.

    Please what is COGIC stand on this?

    His ministry is not affiliated to COGIC o. But he, despite being the president of the functioning ministry, remains a faithful and committed worker in the ministry; without joining the pastors talk less of collecting a dime from the church as a minister yet the church use him for such.

    Please sir/ma, just help us take your precious time to explain these to the highest authority in COGIC and let us know the stand of the church based on their conclusion or the constitution.

    The brother is ready to back out of the church if COGIC insist he must affiliate his ministry to COGIC or that he must dissolve his own ministry.
    His ministry is not new o. This year the ministry clocks five (5) years of being established. Likewise, he has been an active member/worker of COGIC since over thirteen (13) years, and as being useful to the COGIC authorities in different capacities.

    Please what is COGIC stand?

    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanks.

    • admin says:

      I can only say what GOD says; Obey God. As Charles Stanley said, “obey GOD, and leave the consequences to him”.

  34. DW says:

    What are the duties of an elder in charge?

  35. L says:

    Can you please confirm whether any Officer leaving COGIC need to return any certificates given at the time of instalment and if so, what is the purpose of this?

    Thank you and God Bless

    • admin says:

      The credentials are issued by COGIC. Each organization has their own system. Many will accept them from other reformations. It does not mean you are no longer a minister, just no longer a Cogic minister. That being said, if you don’t hand them over how will they get them?

  36. Pastor Williams says:

    Question: I was a ordain Pastor in one Jurisdiction but have not being active with that Jurisdiction in over 5 years since that Bishop died, now I want to reactivate in a brand new Jurisdiction what do I need to do?

    • admin says:

      Talk with your bishop, he would have the Jurisdictional Secretary add you to his master list. You should probably produce your Ordination Certificate unless they know you in the area.

  37. Robert Harris says:

    Our district superintendent says reports are going to be going up for upcoming year. Why are so many saints stuck on COGIC when you have to pay to be in good standing, and the national does nothing for the small churches or saints but ask for more money. The churches in my district have not gained hardly any new members in two years. We have 30 programs a year just to raise report money.

  38. PM says:

    I have been an ordained Elder in COGIC in good standing for several years who is starting a church. I notice an earlier comment in reference to a church that’s not in a Jurisdiction. You suggested they pay their assessment to a willing Bishop. My questions. Do I have to surrender my credentials to my previous pastor while deciding on a Jurisdiction to join. Is there a certain amount of time to join a jurisdiction after forming a new church?

    • admin says:

      No to both questions. Your credentials are issued by the National Church and can only be involuntarily taken through the judicial process. Charges brought by a majority of members of your local church. There is no time limit to join a jurisdiction.

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