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The Church of God, International Offices located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of God. Our vision and mission is to keep and guard the truth, to evangelize the whole world with the full Gospel, to gather God's sheep into one Body, and to strive for the perfection of the saints.
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From our State Overseer:
They’re Just People, Striving for Heaven
Sometimes we have viewed those over us in the Lord as spiritual giants; champions of sorts, folks that could, in our minds, be esteemed to an elevated level. Their witness has to some extent been just that as their ministry or their life was a blessing. Perhaps some of us have lifted “historical pioneers” to such a level. Who knows that some of these Holy Ghost filled men may have reached perfection before leaving this life as others achieved in the Word. Although they paid the price to have a strong and powerful relationship with God, they were just men; good men whose lasting testimony was that they loved the Lord. The reality is that they were people just like us. Their relationship with Jesus and the powerful things they witnessed were not just for their day, but also for ours and something that we must also strive to achieve. Remember that “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are…” (James 5:17).
Speaking of past and current ministry, when we say that these men are merely people, we are not saying that they shouldn’t be respected. Their offices were and are ordained of God and all of us in the Body should honor and reverence them as God gave them to the work. “And he gave some… evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-
A beautiful thing that is exemplified in the Church is the fact that we are all accountable to one another. It was many years ago that Brother Robert Pruitt said in a small and unpretentious way during a service at Zion Hill that he, as General Overseer, was just a man that needed our prayers and that he was accountable. As he said those words he pointed to his Band Leader, the late Brother Samuel Pharr and said, “I’m accountable to him.” He continued to tell of others in this way, even going all the way to the General Assembly and it’s Head. The thought came at that time that he, as well as all of us, are just people, striving for heaven.
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence” (1 Cor. 1:26-
The reality is that we are all in this work together. We need one another and are hopefully striving for the same goal, together. When one hurts we should all hurt and when one is blessed, it affects all of us. Leadership at any level is not infallible, but doing their best to please God. We honor their role and pray for them. We recognize that even our General Overseers through the years are men, not a papacy. We have no special powers but rely only on God who called us. Even the gifts are worked through the Spirit, “dividing to every man severally as he will” (1 Cor. 12:11). Our sufficiency and abilities are not of ourselves, but of God. During the Presbytery Meeting in 2015, a time was given for the Overseers to share their hearts on what they would like to see in a General Overseer. We had quite a list of expectations, but the Holy Ghost worked in our hearts when the question was asked after reading our list, “So, who’s qualified for the job?” No one felt that they were. It was a humbling place to be as the Lord moved in many instances like this, reminding us that we are nothing without Him, just men striving for Heaven.
The ministry are just people, but they have to be “just” and live right for God. He gave the power for all of us to do that. Remember that we all have a part in this work and count as one. The song says:
God uses plain ol’ everyday people
To help folks find their way toward the steeple
So they can come receive forgiveness for every sin
So, if you are an everyday person,
He has a job, and only you can work it
For plain ol’ everyday people there’s a crown to win
As I’ve heard many times before in the ministry, “We only have people to work with, and we are people, too.” Of His body, the Church, she will one day soon attain what the Lord has commissioned of her. She shall be pure and white, and without spot or wrinkle. Our leaders and ministry need our prayers and support, yet no one is greater than another. Outside of their God given appointment and placement in the Body, our ministry, even our General Overseers, are in reality just like us. They’re just people, striving for heaven.
Let’s all go there together!
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