Ferguson Prayer Vigil

COGIC Hosts a Special Prayer Vigil for Ferguson, Missouri on November 17, 2014

For Immediate Release:


Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), in conjunction with three other Jurisdictional Bishops that reside in the area, will sponsor a special prayer vigil for the City of Ferguson, Missouri on Monday, November 17th at 7pm.  The event will be held at All Creation Northview Holiness Family Church where Pastor Marquaello Futrell will serve as host for the event.

The purpose of the prayer vigil will be to pray for the well being of Ferguson and the greater St. Louis community as they await a verdict in the Michael Brown shooting.

The event will begin with a statement of purpose by Bishop Lawrence Wooten, a General Board Member of COGIC and will be followed by various other prayer leaders who will lead the participants in a season of prayer.

Who:              The Church of God in Christ (COGIC)
What:             COGIC Prayer Vigil for the City of Ferguson, MO
When:            November 17, 2014 @ 7pm
Where:           All Creation Northview Holiness Family Church
                      1442 Hudson Road
                      Ferguson, MO 63135

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Bishop Blake’s Official Response


Official video response from Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. of Church of God in Christ(COGIC) regarding the incident at the recent COGIC 107th Convocation and the viral video of Andrew Caldwell.


Pastoral Statement on Ferguson

A Pastoral Statement on the Crisis in Ferguson:
Where Do We Go from Here?
The Right Reverend Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ
November 08, 2014


We in the church are called to stand with the widow and the orphan, with the poor and the suffering as our Lord Jesus Christ did. For “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). We therefore seek to encourage the people of Ferguson in their steadfast protest for justice following the tragic death of Michael Brown. More important, we will continue to pray for the people, their leaders and the authorities of the area. We will seek God’s blessing especially for those dealing with systematic racial injustice.

The residents of Ferguson have suffered enormous pain as a result of the heartbreaking death of Michael Brown on August 9. The anguish of a life cut short was exacerbated by the egregious disrespect for Michael Brown’s body and family displayed by law enforcement agencies. The exposure of the community, including very young children, to the scene of violence was extremely injurious. The pseudo-military overreaction by the police to the initially peaceful protest was even more harmful. The injustice that even now the apparent perpetrator has not even been indicted rankles.

Sadly, the incident that took Michael Brown’s life was not the first instance of racialized behavior on the part of the police force in Ferguson. Prior to August the Justice Department was already investigating the force. In addition, there is a clear case of racial imbalance: out of fifty three officers only three were black at the time of the shooting. The racial injustice in Ferguson extends far beyond the police to structural issues. The budget of the city relies heavily on fees and traffic fines apparently issued disproportionately to blacks. And the black residents of Ferguson, who make up sixty-seven percent of city’s population, are grossly under-represented in the local legislature. And it is reported that in several of these areas Ferguson is not the exception in St. Louis County.

The grand jury will undoubtedly release its verdict in this case very soon. Given the current laws governing the use of deadly force Officer Darren Wilson may not be indicted. With this in mind, we call on all involved to continue to work for the greater good of the people of Ferguson. We call on the leadership of the city and the police force to reject a militarized response to the situation. They must deal justly with any peaceful protest. And they must judiciously put an end to any acts of violence.

We call on community to express its response the Grand Jury’s decision in peaceful ways. We encourage the youth leaders to continue to work for remedies to structural racial injustice in Ferguson and St. Louis County. We support the expansion of voter registration efforts. We urge every registered voter to make his or her voice heard in each election, especially those for local officials.

We call on the Justice Department to oversee the restructuring of the Ferguson police department, with special attention to the grievous lack of representation of blacks on the force. And we encourage the DOJ to continue its investigation into possible civil rights violations in the Michael Brown case.

We call on local clergy to continue to minister to the needs of the community. The church must become more involved in championing their cause. We urge pastors to begin to minister, mentor and monitor youth involved in or at risk for violent behavior.

Finally, we call on the business community and philanthropists to support the creation of jobs for young black men and women in Ferguson and throughout St. Louis County and city. They should support the efforts of clergy working with the youth from the poorest neighborhoods in the area.

Under God’s providence this tragedy can become a door of opportunity. Thus, what was intended for evil can become a source of blessing.

COGIC’s Letter to Governor Nixon

November 13, 2014
The Honorable Jay Nixon
Governor of Missouri
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, Missouri  63103

Dear Governor Nixon:

The tragic shooting of Michael Brown is extremely troubling to us. As an organization that has invested over $ 140 million dollars in the St. Louis regional economy over the past four years, with the likelihood of investing an additional $150 million dollars over the next four years, we feel especially obligated to urge that steps be taken to ensure that there will be justice in the Michael Brown shooting and that necessary systemic changes will be made that reduce the likelihood of situations like those listed below happening again:

  1. The alleged circumstances surrounding his shooting;
  2. The fact that the body of a teenager was left lying in the street for over four hours;
  3. The militaristic response by law enforcement to individuals exercising their first amendment right to peaceful protest;
  4. The fact that law enforcement officers removed their name badges during protests so as to remain anonymous;
  5. What clearly looked like an effort by the Ferguson Police Chief to poison public opinion by releasing edited video tape about a totally unrelated event;
  6. The unprecedented time it took to make public the name of the involved officer;
  7. The fact that a police report has still not been made public as required by law;
  8. The fact that law enforcement was seen wearing bracelets that say ‘I am Darren Wilson’ while positing  that the public wait for the completion of the process before drawing conclusions;
  9. The seemingly inordinate amount of time that it has taken to determine if Officer Wilson should be prosecuted; and,
  10. The additional shootings in St. Louis of which at least one appears to have resulted from inappropriate use of deadly force.

An understanding of your plans to ensure justice is achieved and to make needed systemic changes will be helpful in our deliberations.  We await your expeditious reply.


Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop and the General Board
The Seventh in Succession

Senator Claire McCaskill

The Honorable Francis G. Slay
Mayor, City of Saint Louis

The Honorable James Knowles, III
Mayor, City of Ferguson

Mr. Charlie A. Dooley, County Executive
St. Louis County, Missouri

Ms. Kathleen M. Ratcliffe, President
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

Mr. Thomas J. Irwin, Executive Director
Civic Progress

The General Board

Statement on Video from 107th Holy Convocation

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Statement on Video Airing From 107th Holy Convocation

We believe that we should reflect the love and compassion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in all that we do.  We do not in any way compromise our biblical position against same sex unions or in favor of biblical teaching on matters of sexual conduct.  At the same time we expect that our clergy and laity will be civil and considerate as they speak to men and women regarding issues related to our Christian faith.  We love all people, regardless of their faith or moral standards.  When we fail to express ourselves with love and humility we contradict our witness to the world.

During the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) 107th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO, November 3-11, 2014, many tremendous things occurred that demonstrated the church’s love for community and for the whole man. 

Through a number of COGIC Cares initiatives, the St. Louis and metro east communities were helped in some of the following ways:

Since 2010, when the Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation moved from Memphis, TN to St. Louis, the economic impact to the bi-state, metropolitan area has been over $120 million.

As a Pentecostal, Bible-believing organization, our goal is to edify and care for the entire individual, both naturally and spiritually. Thus, during the convocation:

A video, which is now viral, of a young man stating his deliverance from a particular lifestyle does not, in any capacity, speak to all of the remarkable things that transpired during this great church convention.  

Furthermore, the Church of God in Christ wholly condemns acts of violence against and the subjugation of any person to verbal or physical harassment on the basis of their sexual stance. Such actions violate entirely the Christian’s obligation to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

CC Sends $120,000 In Supplies

COGIC Charities joins the fight against the Ebola virus in Liberia.



Memphis, TN (October 28, 2014) The Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the Unites States sent aid to families in Liberia.

Help is on the way to Liberia from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) to fight the spread of the Ebola virus.  COGIC is responding to the crisis with (US)$120,000 worth of medical supplies to aid in the fight. 

The Church of God in Christ sent a 40-foot container filled with medical supplies that include a medical ambulance fully stocked with oxygen, gurneys, gloves and masks.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “According to NBC News, Liberia has recorded over 2,000 deaths. The Church of God in Christ has 50 churches in Liberia alone, and we must help the people of Western Africa to combat this deadly disease. The supplies include personal protective equipment (PPEs), face masks, hand gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer and other supplies.”

The medical supplies delivered also include simple hand washing systems, such as a bucket with a flip spigot, soap and bleach, which can save countless lives.

The battle is far from over and according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ebola virus will affect nearly two million people by January 2015.

The World Health Organization recommends washing your hands with soap and running water.  As the public health system in Western Africa has been overwhelmed by the Ebola crisis, hand washing, has become more important than ever.

During its largest convention this November, the Church of God in Christ, through its benevolent arm COGIC Charities, will launch its “Hand Washing” challenge. For just $15, convention delegates can purchase a hand washing system that will assist efforts in Liberia to control and eradicate the Ebola virus outbreak.


About the Church of God in Christ.

The Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination and the largest Pentecostal church in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents. 

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COGIC Aids Ebola Crisis


COGIC is helping to combat the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa by offering medical supplies to aid in the fight against the deadly outbreak.  COGIC Charities is sending simple handwasing systems that can helpt o save thousands of lives and you can help!  Support this effort with a small donation of just $15.00 today!  

Resolution on Same Sex Marriage

samesex-marriageThe General Assembly of the Church Of God In Christ passed a resolution restating its position on same sex marriage during its November Session following the 107th International Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO. Click here to read the resolution.

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