THE PROCESS TO TRANSFER HAS CHANGED!!
The entire process is now done online through the COGIC ARC system. Pastors now log on and fill out the required information. There will then be additional information given to complete the process. The ARC system will send all parties an email giving them the required information. The information and the steps required are the same, only now you start and complete the process online through the ARC system.
The Pastor must log into his ARC account and perform the required task. It is still possible to do this by letter but that would increase the time to complete the process. I strongly suggest you complete the process online. If you do not know your Arc account information, contact your Jurisdictional Secretary. Don’t tell them why you want the information.
This was not changed by the General Assembly; this was instituted by the office of the General Secretary. However, until the General Assembly gives clarity, this is now the only method that will work. This does meet the letter of the law found in paragraph 1.
“The Pastor of the church shall notify in writing the General Secretary of the Church of God in Christ, the Jurisdictional Bishops where the church is affiliated, and the Jurisdictional Bishop where the church intends to transfer, of intent to transfer, …”
The transferring Pastor does not need to send a letter to the bishop he wishes to transfer from, the ARC system generates email notifications to each Bishop and the Pastor.
Click here for the Transfer procedures as found in the Green and White Book (the Ross documents). This will allow you to know the proper steps before you start the process.
In an update, you must include the number of members, the number who voted and the numerical results of the vote.
Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Office of the General Secretary
Transfer of Church
CONSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURES FOR SECTION D
- All vacancies that occur in the pastorate of a local church shall be filled by the Jurisdictional Bishop. The supervision and management of the church shall remain with the Jurisdictional Bishop or his designee until such time as a Pastor is appointed to fill such
- No local church shall be authorized to change or transfer its Jurisdictional affiliation unless at least two-thirds of the church’s membership agree for such
Addendum to IS. – April 14, 1982. Two-Thirds of the membership must be present and voting after due notice, before authorization can be given to move the church from one Jurisdiction to another.
- The Pastor of the church shall notify in writing the General Secretary of the Church of God in Christ, the Jurisdictional Bishops where the church is affiliated, and the Jurisdictional Bishop where the church intends to transfer, of intent to transfer, which notice shall be given at least thirty (30) days before the local church’s membership can act on said transfer. The notice shall include the following information:
- Name of Pastor
- Name and location of the
- Jurisdiction where Church is
- Name and address of Jurisdictional
- Jurisdiction where Church seeks to transfer and name of Bishop of such
- The respective Jurisdictional Bishops or their designee where the Church is affiliated and where the Church seeks to transfer shall be entitled to be present at the membership meeting convened for this purpose.
- The vote on the transfer shall be by secret written ballot. The respective Jurisdictional Bishops shall be authorized to have a representative present to observe the voting and the counting of the
- The respective Jurisdictional Bishops and the Pastors of the local church shall within seventy-two (72) hours notify the General Secretary of the Church of God in Christ of the results.
- No local church shall be authorized to petition for a transfer of its Jurisdictional affiliations but for one time each twelve (12) month period.
- A member of a local church shall not transfer membership to another local Church of God in Christ unless the local member has the written consent of the Pastor where the member is enrolled. The pastor should give the member who is in good standing a letter of consent upon