TRAINING PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

The Enhancement and Professional Training Program (EPTP) is the training program of the Board of Bishops and is the result of the Chairman’s desire to provide a standard of training for the Office of Bishop. It was in accordance with this desire and from close dialogue with the Chairman that Bishop Adrian D. Williams architected, proposed and implemented the Enhancement and Professional Training Program. EPTP’s purpose and mission is to provide a professional dedicated time block for skill building during regular scheduled meeting times of the Board of Bishops. Bishop Williams serves as Program Director as he and the EPTP team continue to implement informative and relevant training topics to the Board of Bishops.
Since its inception, EPTP has conducted over 20 informative, interactive and relevant training sessions to the Board of Bishop in a range of areas pertinent to the Bishop as well as the Office of Bishop (See Module Listings Below).
Each yearly training curriculum is thoroughly planned during an annual two-day symposium comprised of the EPTP team. Subjects are based on relevant topics and matters pertaining to the office of Bishop. Instructors are selected based on their expertise and experience of the subject matter and are encouraged to present syllabus, outlines and other written information to aid in the training experience.
Due to the overwhelming success, EPTP has been given expanded responsibilities by the Chairman to include the coordination of training for the Annual Bishops Conference. In a diverse offering of training held during the Bishops Conference, EPTP utilizes training blocks to present informational sessions specifically aimed at enhancing the Bishops interaction with other key areas of the church as well as providing session to enhance the Bishop’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities of his office.
In its educational mandate, EPTP sphere headed the organization of the Bishop John Henry Sheard – Board of Bishops Scholarship Program. Adopted as an official program of the Board of Bishops during a regular scheduled session at the 2019 AIM Convention held in Tampa, Fl., the program is named in honor of our Chairman and scheduled to be launched in 2020.
Due to the overwhelming success, EPTP has been given expanded responsibilities by the Chairman to include the coordination of training for the Annual Bishops Conference. In a diverse offering of training held during the Bishops Conference, EPTP utilizes training blocks to present informational sessions specifically aimed at enhancing the Bishops interaction with other key areas of the church as well as providing session to enhance the Bishop’s ability to fulfill the responsibilities of his office.
In its educational mandate, EPTP sphere headed the organization of the Bishop John Henry Sheard – Board of Bishops Scholarship Program. Adopted as an official program of the Board of Bishops during a regular scheduled session at the 2019 AIM Convention held in Tampa, Fl., the program is named in honor of our Chairman and scheduled to be launched in 2020.

M O D U L E S

  • THE OFFICE OF BISHOPS

    1. a.  Historical perspectives of a COGIC Bishop
    2. b.  What/Who is the Bishop
    3. c.  Responsibilities of the Office of Bishop
    4. d.  Eligibility / Qualifications of a Bishop
    5. e.  The Authority of the Jurisdictional Bishop

  • BISHOP’S LEADERSHIP MODEL

    1. a. COGIC’s recognition in each community –Urban Initiative
    2. b. Respect both within and out of our Denomination
    3. c. Levels and Roles expected of the Bishop (Demeanor, Decorum)
    4. d. Organization and Coordination e. Goals and Objectives

  • THE BISHOP’S PREPARATION FOR MULTIPLE FORMS OF PRESENTATIONS OF MINISTRY

    1. a. Jurisdictional Convocation – The Bishop’s Meeting
    2. b. Service of Ordination
    3. c. Service of Installation
    4. d. Service of Communion

  • THE BISHOP’S CHARACTER

    1. a. Devotion
    2. b. Morality
    3. c. Integrity

  • FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OFFICE OF BISHOP

    1. a. The National Church (Credential Holder and Laity Collection Support)
    2. b. The Board of Bishop’s (including regular collected offerings)
    3. c. Support of National Meetings
    4. d. COGIC Charities
    5. e. Capital Project Contribution

  • THE OPERATION OF THE BOARD OF BISHOPS

    1. a. Overview and Function of the Executive Board, Elected and Appointed Officers
    2. b. Rules of Operation
    3. c. Traditions of the Board of Bishop’s
    4. d. Times and Meetings
    5. e. Protocol and Parliamentarian Procedure / Order

  • STRUCTURE/FUNCTIONALITY OF THE JURISDICTION

    1. a. Ecclesiastical Structure
    2. b. Departmental Structure
    3. c. Protocol of the Jurisdiction
    4. d. Inner workings of the Jurisdiction (Elder’s Council, Departments, Districts)
    5. e. The Relationship between the Bishop and the Supervisor of the Department of Women

  • THE BISHOP IN SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL CHURCH

    1. a. Support of the Presiding Bishop’s Vision / Program
    2. b. Stewardship
    3. c. Function of the Jurisdiction as an extension of the National Church

  • SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

    1. a. Immorality
    2. b. Diversity of competing beliefs
    3. c. Spiritual Warfare: Deceiving and Seducing Spirits
    4. d. God’s Law vs Man’s Law

  • THE BISHOP’S CONFERENCE

    1. a. Purpose – Our Forum as Bishops
    2. b. Annual Training Institute
    3. c. Registration
    4. d. Site Selection including the role of the Host, Co-Host, & Supporting Bishops
    5. e. Fellowship / Brotherhood / Comradely

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Trainers will be primarily from the ranks of the Board of Bishops utilizing Bishops with Experience as well as Bishops with Subject Matter Expertise. The Course of Instruction will be periodically reviewed to maintain “Relevance and Need.”  (note that modules are subject to be changed and updated at the chairman’s discretion)