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 Code. The 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.*
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Here is a PDF copy of all COGIC charters from the Tennessee Secretary of State:
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.