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A MaturingEkklesiaAdrian L. Varlack Sr.CBL Faculty/Church Historian
CGP AREAS OF CHANGE
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BEING GOD’S EKKLESIA
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The Church of God of Prophecy is striving to be a faithfulEkklesiaof Jesus Christ, anEkklesiathat exists in obedience under the rubric of God’s Spirit and God’s Word. The CGP has and is demonstrating its intentionality to be obedient and submissive to the Spirit of God and renew its pledge of faithfulness to the Word rightly divided. The following are some of the decisions and realignments made or now in progress in the Church:
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Study of the Office of General Overseer (1990-1992)Uniqueness of GO’s office not BiblicalLed to Plurality in 1994Selection of Presbyters (1997/98) by Int’l PresbyteryTo work with General Overseer to provide shared leadership for International ChurchStay abreast of IC’s needs to facilitate evangelism
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International Office ChangesReconfiguration of MinistriesFrom Directional to ResourcingEncourage leaders to seek inspiration at all levelsRestoration of the Primacy of the local churchFostering of better community relations both within the kingdom and secularly
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CPMA became HERITAGE MINISTRIESUpdated Markers in FOW to reflect better Bible interpretationInserted the Protestant Reformation StoryFOW re-characterized as a place to preserve and celebrate our rich heritage instead of the perfecting arm of the church
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We adopted New Assembly procedures and restated its primary purpose: … to serve as an interpretative and decision-making body that deals with pressing universal truths that affect gospel proclamation.The Assembly admitted that current organizational structures may be reviewed and revised by the Spirit from time to time.
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In correcting some well-meaning but defective language from 1944 the Assembly re-studied outward adornment re-characterizing it as a matter of Christian conscience with due consideration, in love, one for another. Stressing inner beauty, we condemned both judgmental-ism and libertinism as a result of better Biblical exegesis.
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We re-configured our Financial System (the primacy of the local church in mind) to recognize the principle of mutual service and accountability, empowering the local church in the areas ofdiscipleship, evangelism, and community relations.Churches were encouraged not to turn inward but to maintain a focus on world evangelism
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International Offices proposed a fresh paradigm, “Turning to the Harvest”, away from self-centeredness and with a renewed concern for the lost of this world in obedience to the Spirit’s call (1984).A new openness towards the Kingdom of God resulted and a new self-understanding of the church began to develop. The church continues under this rubric of Harvest.
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Approach to Ministry Service:We openly embraced the concept of Servant Leadership through practical imitation of Jesus’ servant-hood modelEncouraged educational self-development through life-long learning and more formal studyThe Church is being refocused on Jesus Christ, correcting the institutional self-centeredness condemned by the Spirit in 1984
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Relocating the International Assembly:We arrested the “Mecca spirit” by moving the Assembly siteWe changed the Assembly’s frequency to biennial as of 1992The Tabernacle property sale provided the funds to secure the small ministerial aid supplement throughout the lifetime of those in the program.The Assembly is more representative
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Recognition of Biblical Ministry Roles:Re-studied Biblical ministries and accepted the concept of apostolic and prophetic functions.Discontinued the practice of excluding women from business decisions and expanded their ministry roles.Recognized Deacons in the full context of the local church and re-established that females can be Deaconesses on biblical grounds
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CGP Areas of Change
We have recognized that there is a renewed worldwide prayer emphasis birthed by the Holy Ghost – a sign and evidence of the Church’s dependence on the Holy Ghost.By this prayer renewal we are encountering the Holy Spirit afresh as part of the revival of our vital relationship with HimPrayer is now prioritized as a core value along with Harvest and Leadership Development.
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In 1998 we began addressing matters of Ecclesiology in the International Assembly and in 2004 the Assembly passed amendedmembershipcriteria in light of our turn to the Harvest.The emphasis is to get new believers into the safety of the Church and to engage them in close follower-ship of Jesus Christ.
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CGP Areas of Change
We are serious about being a worldwide, participatoryChurch. As such we have recognized the need for true international representation and have began efforts towards a system (by proxy) to reflect this gospel outcome in a real way. This may need continued work to be truly effective.
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In 2006 we adjusted, revised, expanded, and re-titled our former teaching “Against Divorce and Remarriage Evil” to a more comprehensive and solidly pro-family Biblical position using the new title: Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage emphasizing the biblical ideal for marriage, outlining what the Bible does not allow as valid marriages, discouraging divorce, and introducing the pastoral exceptions recognized by our Lord.
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In 2008 we clarified and more clearly defined the roles of International Assembly Committees and did some minor tweaking of our financial system by way of encouragement and voluntaryparticipation.In 2010 there were two BDP Affirmations: One on Bible Translations and the other on The Presence and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit. The F & S Committee recommended a further Study Task Force and reported on some surveys.
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