CONSTITUTION

The current interpretation of the constitution of the Church of God in Christ gives no rights to the local people whatsoever.   The Bishop is under no obligation to consider the desires of the people when it comes to a Pastoral appointment.  The General Board and the Board of Bishops defend this and all other rights of a Bishop extremely vigorously.

The trust clause is currently interpreted to mean the National Church owns the property.    In a court of law, the General Board and the General Council Bishop Enoch Perry III, contend the National Church owns all property, they are the National Churches representative in all matters, therefore…   Only the General Assembly can change that; they are the only law making doctrine expressing body in COGIC.

Here is the Official Manual of the Church of God in Christ in E-Format.

Here is the Green and White Book in E-Format. The certified amendments were the ones sent to the Secretary of State of  Tennessee as required by Tennessee CodeThe proposed amendments were never sent to the Secretary of State, a clear violation of the state law.  The Resolutions are not required to be filed because they do not change something that is in side the borders of the Charter (pages 1-39).  This is also the only part the court considers.

THE 1972 CHARTER WAS THE LAST AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER THAT WAS FILED WITH THE STATE OF TENNESSEE AS REQUIRED BY TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED 48-60-105  WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE ASCENSION CLAUSE.

HERE IS THE COMPLETE FILING AND AMENDMENT RECORD  FROM DECEMBER 18, 1922 TO JANUARY 06, 2012.*

 If any of these links stop working please let me known and I will repair it. Thank You

Here is a PDF copy of all COGIC charters from the Tennessee Secretary of State:

The 1922 Charter, the  1926 Charter, the 1927 Charter, 1952 Charter, the 1968 Charter and the last one the 1972 Charter.

OTHER THAN THE NEW ASCENSION CLAUSE FILED 01/2012, THE ONLY OTHER CHANGE TO THE CHARTER HAS BEEN, A FEW ADDRESS CHANGES AND CHANGE OF REGISTERED AGENTS.

*This is information available from the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Here is the OFFICIAL MANUAL in PDF and the Green and White Book in PDF.  The Green and White Book is the one which has amendments ,(in Part II) that have never been filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State as required by Tennessee law (Tenn. 48-60-105 see below).   Some of these “amendments” were passed in 1982 and  are enforced in the Church but never filed, a violation of Tennessee State Law.

In the Church of God in Christ the words Constitution and Charter, are synonymous; it is the same document.   The Charter/ Constitution is a document which tells the state, how you operate and what your rules are.  That is why the state REQUIRES you to file the amendments with them.  Notice in the statute copied below the word “shall“; in the legal world that means there is no choice, you must do it.   It is a document of the state, not a religious document.

10 Responses to CONSTITUTION

  1. Elder Fred Morris, Jr. says:

    Can we please update the Official COGIC Manual asap. There are to many loopholes out there that some people use to get around some of our rules and regulations.

  2. Jerome Alan says:

    What book can I get in regard to the Cogic constitution. I’m specifically trying to find the 30 church rule to start a jurisdiction.

    • admin says:

      There is no book, this action was taken and approved by the General Assembly when the General Board no longer had the authority or power to create jurisdictions. That power rest solely with the General Assembly.
      the process consist of;
      1. A request to form a new jurisdiction is presented to the General Board. If it fits their criteria, they then send a request to the Standard and Extension Committee.
      2. The committee investigates which among other things consist of on site visit.
      3. Committee shows the Genral Board its findings and presents its report to the General Assembly for acceptance or rejection. As of 1990 or 1991, only the General Assembly creates, merges, or dissolves jurisdictions without regard to geographical boundaries.

  3. Phillip says:

    Can a superintendent be removed by a district or does it have to be the jurisdictional prelate directly?

    • admin says:

      Article VIII, Section C governs the removal of any Jurisdictional Official. A district does not have the authority to remove a superintendent, it can file charges using the procedure found in Article VIII, Section B.

  4. Jem- Anthony Mitchell says:

    Could a Cogic jurisdictional bishop be a pastor of a local pastor?

  5. Jem- Anthony Mitchell says:

    Could a Cogic jurisdictional bishop be a pastor of a local pastor? I’m a member of the church of God in Christ, inc. in the west African state called Liberia and this is troubling me; because since my birth, I ve been a full flesh member of this great church: Holy Temple Church of God in Christ and what I am seeing is quite different. Pls help me asap

    • admin says:

      No, the Bishop is not the pastor of a local pastor. There is nothing in the Constitution that gives the bishop that right.

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