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Response to Church Shooting

Historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church

Historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church

The Church of God In Christ extends truly deep and sincere condolences to the families of the 9 innocent victims who lost their lives during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday, June 17th in Charleston, South Carolina.

We join with the millions of voices throughout the world in decrying the senseless shooting of worshippers at Mother Emanuel Church.  Sadly, we are living in an increasingly perilous time.

We believe this particularly egregious hate crime to be indicative of the bitter fruit that hate always produces.  Hate crimes against the African American community are instigated by powerful voices that misinform susceptible individuals about the desperate plight of our community.  Instead of honestly addressing the systemic causes, voices of ignorance and hatred attribute problems within the African American community to race.  Buying into this lie justifies actions such as we witnessed in Charleston, SC last night.

The tragedy at Mother Emanuel Church is yet another wake up call to the entire African American Church, calling for effectual prayer coupled with sustained action.  In this moment, our hope is that the Body of Christ will come together in unity, as never before, to address the violence, the poverty, the racism, the economic disenfranchisement and inequality that is ripping the fabric of our communities and indeed the entire nation apart.

While it is certainly difficult to comprehend such senseless acts of hate and terror, we stand in solidarity with Christians everywhere, believing that the peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surpasses all of our understanding.  May the hearts of the victims’ families be comforted by this sustaining truth alone

 

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.

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About the Church of God in Christ:

The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

COGIC PR Selected as Winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards

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CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST SELECTED AS WINNER IN THE 36th ANNUAL TELLY AWARDS

 

Memphis, TN (April 10, 2015) The Telly Awards has named the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Public Relations Department as a winner in the 36th Annual Telly Awards for their show titled Holy Convocation-All Access Pass.   With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.

Holy Convocation-All Access Pass is a half-hour show that highlighted the various events of the 107th Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ.  This show was streamed to thousands online and available in hotel rooms throughout the ten-day convention.

“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” says Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards.  “The Church of God in Christ PR department’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”

Robert Coleman, COGIC-PR Director says, “This award is incredible recognition to the team that worked so hard on this show. I cannot say thank you enough to Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. for the opportunity, the shows host Lady Shirley Jordan, Mr. Cormac Parker, crew Eric Reinig, Dave Lowther, David George Newsome, Darris Adkins, Will Hampton, Melba Newsome, Robin Smith and the entire PR staff.”

The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate public relation departments in the world.

A prestigious judging panel of over 500 accomplished industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly and a member of The Silver Telly Council, judged the competition, upholding the historical standard of excellence that Telly represents.

About the Church of God in Christ:

The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

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Pentecostal Leaders Summit

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PENTECOSTAL LEADERS REPRESENTING MILLIONS MEET TO DISCUSS CRITICAL TOPICS

February 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) Leaders from six global Pentecostal denominations, representing over 90 million members combined, recently met in Los Angeles to discuss a wide range of international and domestic topics.

The Pentecostal Leaders Summit convened for three days last week in Los Angeles, California to discuss a number of topics including the effects of terrorism, the church’s role in racial harmony, religious freedom, and same-sex issues facing the church just to name a few.

The leaders in attendance included Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ; Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God; Dr. Glenn C. Burris President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; Bishop Doug Beacham, General Superintendent/Presiding Bishop, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer, Church of God; Rev. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches and Dr. Jack W. Hayford, Former President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Additional persons in attendance included other elected officials from each organization.

A goal of the summit was to provide an opportunity for each leader to listen and discuss the various national and international crisis-facing Christians around the globe, while also seeking to help bring unity to the Body of Christ globally.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “This gathering of Pentecostal leaders has provided each person with a unique opportunity to come to Los Angeles and dialogue with their contemporaries in other denominations, with similar beliefs, about issues that are confronting us all.” He further states, “This summit has shown us what we, as Christian leaders, have said and known for some time now: We are all better when we come together as one.”

Dr. George O. Wood states, “This was truly an historical meeting.  We are all the grandsons and granddaughters of the Azusa Street revival, and in these days, the Holy Spirit is drawing us together in united witness, fulfilling the prayer of Jesus that the world would know us by our love for one another.”

Dr. Glen Burris emphasized, "There is a strong sense that the conversations among us have resonated much like the early church, that experienced a 'one accord' dynamic.  An African proverb says, 'If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.'  Finishing the Great Commission will require all of us.”

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The last discussion topic of the summit was how the six denominations can continue in dialog with one another and provide opportunities to include additional Pentecostal denominations and enlarge the representation from each group.

Bishop Doug Beacham shares, “People are so thankful that we are meeting like this. Whatever steps we take are important for us, for our country and for revival . . .”

Dr. Mark L. Williams declares, “Our shared history along with the collegiality and genuine respect we have for one another holds great promise and unlimited potential for fulfilling the mission for which Jesus died.  Only a united church can reach a divided world.  We must be one.”

Rev. Randall A. Bach explains, “It is always meaningful to gather with leaders of like faith. It is particularly joyful, however, to fellowship and collaborate with leaders of like experience, who love and pursue the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Our family of ministers and churches embrace and value our sister fellowships with love and respect. Unity in the Spirit glorifies the Lord.”

This is the first time in history a conference of this kind, with these leaders representing such a large and diverse membership, has ever taken place.

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Letter from George O. Wood, General Superintendent – Assemlies of God

Honoring Pastor Andraé Crouch

The Church of God in Christ would like to take this time to Thank God for the Extraordinary Life and Awesome Legacy of Pastor Andraé Crouch. He touched many lives with his God-given gifts that he used for God’s Glory. We are praying for his family, his friends and all who mourn the loss of this Gospel Music Legend.


The Do’s & Don’ts of Online Giving

As Christians, it is our nature to want to give, to solve problems and help fulfill the needs of others. Psalm 112: 5 states, “It is well with the man who is gracious and lends,” and I Timothy 6:18 instructs us “to be generous and ready to share.” Who would not want to be benevolent with those biblical promises and directives? With that being said, we must also exercise wisdom in our online giving so that we do not fall victim to scams and frauds. Before making an online donation, you would be well-served to consider the following “Do’s and Don’ts of Online Giving.”

For starters, legitimate ministries will not send you direct messages via social media. Additionally, they do not send emails saying they are in a dire situation and need you to send them money ASAP. If this happens, you can rest assured it is a scam. However, sometimes the scammers are crafty and a bit harder to identify. If a donation was requested on social media, try to ensure that the page is official. There are many people who create fake profiles impersonating leaders in order to solicit funds. A few key indicators of a fake profile is:

  • Very few Likes/Friends/Followers
  • It was recently created
  • Very little activity

If there are no red flags, and you are still considering giving an online donation, find the official website and donate from there.

Legitimate ministries will not ask for personal information, such as your social security number, date of birth or banking information.

It is OK to ask questions about the ministry into which you are considering sowing. What is the official website? Is there a number I can call to speak to someone at the ministry? All of these pieces of information can be easily verified by a quick Google search.

When it comes to online giving, it is always best to start on the official site for the ministry. If a link is shared about a giving opportunity, which takes you to an unfamiliar site, do a bit of research before proceeding. It is so easy to just click and input your credit card information, but a couple of extra minutes can make all the difference.

These four basic protections can ensure you do not fall victim to online fraud. This is not being shared to incite fear or to give you a drawback spirit, but rather, to help ensure we are all being good stewards of the resources God has entrusted us with. There is no doubt that we should give to others as it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. And when we sow seeds into good ground, people will be tremendously blessed and God will receive all the glory!

Statement On Police Executions

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

Church of God in Christ

Pastoral Statement on Police Executions

The brutal execution-style ambush and killing of two New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos is a horrifying tragedy. Our prayers are for their families at this time. We pray also for the vast majority of police officers across this country who risk their lives on a daily basis to defend the public. The injustices suffered by black men can in no way justify this act of insanity. All who are committed to advancing the necessary systemic reforms of police practices and procedures must condemn this murder in no uncertain terms. It is essential to pursue justice for black men in a way that does not create an atmosphere that encourages violence or a disregard for the rule of law. This outrageous murder is sickeningly reminiscent of the avalanche of black-on-black murder that plagues our young men. We must be as determined to address the roots of this violence as we are to correct the injustices visited upon us by others. As Christians we are called to seek peace and pursue justice and to stand in compassion with the grieving families of these brave men who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the community. 

Black Lives Matter Litanies

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Litanies for use on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

AG to Unite with COGIC in “Black Lives Matter” Sunday

The Assemblies of God has announced today that it will unite with the Church of God in Christ, Inc. for “Black Lives Matter” Sunday.

COGIC Member Spotlight: Kelvin Beachum

In today’s day and time, our children need godly role models. You may feel like there so few. However, today a video was posted online which showed that we have many excellent role model especially within the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Take, for example, Kelvin Beachum, who is an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is also a member of Greater Harvest COGIC in Dallas, TX. under the Pastoral Leadership of Bishop Corby Bush, Sr. As the smallest offensive lineman in the NFL, many people did not believe that Kelvin Beachum would do well. Despite the naysayers, God continues to bless him and grant him favor. He is doing so well that even Benjamin Roethlisberger, the Quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, say “it is reassuring to know a guy that cares so much about the game and my health is back there.”

Kelvin gives God the credit by saying, “If you’re not on that solid rock. Jesus is that solid rock. If you’re not on that solid rock you’re easily tossed and turned… That foundation has the be Jesus Christ.” Take a moment to watch this inspiring interview with Kelvin:


Call For Peace In Wake Of Shooting



COGIC PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE, SR. CALLS FOR PEACE IN THE WAKE OF MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING

St. Louis, Missouri (August 12, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) joins the family of Michael Brown in asking for calm and peace in the aftermath of the shooting and killing of their son. Eighteen year old Brown, known as a “gentle giant,” was only days away from beginning his college studies.

It is imperative that the community resist the temptation to retaliate by looting and rioting in our own neighborhoods. Instead, we must allow the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI’s investigations, regarding the senseless death of this young African American male to go forward.

The destruction of property in Ferguson, Missouri only hurts our communities and places more lives at risk.  Furthermore, this riotous behavior takes away attention and resources from these extremely critical investigations.

I ask that we all remain patient and wait for the results of the investigations.  During the next few days, please avoid settings that may put you at risks in any way.

Most importantly, please remember to pray for Michael’s family, especially his parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, as they prepare to lay their son to rest.

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About the Church of God in Christ:
The Church of God in Christ is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the 4th largest Protestant group in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

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