Yesterday, a member letter went out to members of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association (CGWA). I don’t see it posted online yet, though. I won’t reproduce the entire letter here, as it is best if it is officially posted.
One of the areas that caught my attention was the area of governance. Perhaps it is because it is a subject I have addressed here in the past, it is something I felt strongly enough about to send in my own input (but, not strongly enough to make a doctrine out of it), or perhaps a little of both.
The mission statement for the committee looking into this has changed slightly. Online, you can still see the old version:
The mission statement of the long-term governance committee is: "Our mission is to recommend a structure founded upon biblical principles by which this new organization will be administered and to propose to the elders this structure for their consideration."
The member letter makes the following statement:
As members of the Long-Term Governance Committee, we would like to give you periodic updates about our progress and what we are doing. A couple of weeks ago, we saw the need to amend our mission statement to allow us to present more than one proposal if the need arises. It now reads: “Our mission is to recommend one or more structures founded upon biblical principles by which this new organization will be administered and to propose our findings to the elders for their consideration.”
We have been working hard this past week to process the input received over the past several weeks from both members and elders. In addition to the breakout sessions in Louisville, we received more than 100 e-mails from the ministry and members. To this, we intend to add our own research and experience to create a list of criteria to help us in producing one or two proposals for the ministry of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association, to select from as our permanent form of governance.
As always, we seek your prayers for God’s guidance in this important task.
Submitted by Bruce Gore
I realize that some are going to jump up and down about how “un-Biblical” this all is, but the fact remains that the Bible doesn’t prescribe a form of human government. Rather, what it does do is point to God as the ultimate authority in all things, and His desire is for each of us to be able to govern ourselves (with His help) underneath Him. I recommend a study of the Book of Judges for anyone who doubts this.