Several sites, including the AC site have reported even more losses amongst the UCG ministry this month. First, Ken Giese resigned last month from being a paid pastor, now he has turned in his badge completely, so to speak. It looks like half of his congregation might be going with him, according to “An Open Letter From Ken Giese”. In further developments, AC reports in its updated “Individuals who have resigned or been removed from their positions in the last year”, Jim Franks has resigned from the COE, and Ron Kelly has been removed from ministerial duties.
At this rate, I’m beginning to wonder if there even will be a “United Church of God, an International Association” by this time next year! The sad reality is that loss of membership and loss of income seem doomed to continue unless the present UCG leadership makes a visible concerted effort to reach out to those who have been offended.
Yes, I said that key word: “Offended”.
6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Words to think about.