I previously postulated a few of what the final initials would be for Church of God, a Worldwide Association – somewhat tongue in cheek. Today, it was announced it is “CGWA”. I have a feeling, though, that “COGWA” is going to stick around as long as that is part of the official URL (web address). It remains to be seen if “branding” will take on the same significance as it has in UCG, but my current feeling is that it will be less touchy about it.
I want to take the opportunity to state a few other things, though. In particular, CGWA has done a lot in the way of soliciting input from the membership. Everything from the name, to the type of governance to even ideas on finances has been solicited from the leadership in a very active way. Over the years, UCG seems to have moved away from that type of member input. CGWA seems to have taken it to heart the idea that “it is my church too”.
I say this because certain writers that seem to thrive on speculation and sensationalism even before a particular group has the opportunity to form.
Other CGWA news of note: An interim doctrinal committee has already been formed to ensure official communications are vetted before being put out. This might not seem very significant unless you remember that UCG failed to do that with a couple of their papers, which caused issues. Also, the CGWA website now has a Local Churches section that lists local congregations and their contact information.
Finally, a member’s letter went out late on Thursday to pastors of CGWA to forward to members, and one thing caught my eye. Twice, the letter stressed the need to assist those who require assistance, in particular “widows” caught my eye, as well as retirees. I’m delighted they have continued to show Christian love in this way and are even stressing it. I have criticized one “COG” organization in particular for their neglect of widows. In fact, true religion is defined in part by paying attention to the fatherless and widows (Jas 1:27).