COGA Out? COGaWA Meeting January 9

Laodicea has many ineffective structures


The last I checked, the COGA website was no longer available.  This may mean that COGA will no longer exist.  But we will see.

Church of God, a Worldwide Association (COGaWA) got its own website and it says the following:

Ministerial Conference – January 9-11, 2011

The registration process for attending the Church of God, a Worldwide Association ministerial conference is now operational and you can begin to register for the conference in Louisville, Kentucky. The Galt House Suites has two-room suites—a bedroom (with two double beds or one king-bed) and a living room with a hide-a-bed. Each room (bedroom and living room) has its own door (for privacy) separating it from the hall to the bathroom. This makes the suite suitable two individuals to share a room if desired. If you wish to share a room with another minister please check that block on the registration form and you will be contacted about potential roommates for the conference.

COGaWA seems to be trying to start in a manner similar to how UCG originally was formed.  I also suspect that it will have a similar fate to UCG.  I do not believe that COGaWA can possibly best represent the Philadelphia portion of the COG as its leaders have already rejected proper church governance and simply have never truly put their top priority on proclaiming the gospel to the world as a witness (Matthew 24:14).

My guess is that unlike COGA (see COGA Rationalizes Away Most Public Gospel Proclamation), it will not actually tell people that its lowest priority will be public proclamation of the gospel.  To the contrary, COGaWA will likely continue to suggest that public proclamation will be a top priority, while its funding and efforts will likely mainly go to the ministry and other internal matters.

If so, or even if not, since I do not believe that this has ever been a top priority for the organization (though it may have been for some of its leaders), I still believe that those affected by this crisis who wish to support a more effective gospel-proclaiming organization should consider checking out LCG.

If there is insufficient agreement in Louisville, then those who broke off from UCG are likely to form separate groups that may be in some type of loose confederation with each other.  Or something similar.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Polycarp, Herbert W. Armstrong, and Roderick C. Meredith on Church Government What form of governance did the early church have? Was it hierarchical? Which form of governance would one expect to have in the Philadelphia remnant? The people decide and/or committee forms, odd dictatorships, or the same type that the Philadelphia era itself had?
Unity: Which COG for You? Why so many groups? Why is there lack of unity in the Churches of God? Has it always been this way? What can/should be done about it?
Differences between the Living Church of God and United Church of God This article provides quotes information from the two largest groups which had their origins in WCG as well as commentary.
There are Many COGs: Why Support the Living Church of God? This is an article for those who wish to more easily sort out the different COGs. It really should be a MUST READ for current and former WCG/GCI members or any interested in supporting the faithful church. It also explains a lot of what the COGs are all about.
Should the Church Still Try to Place its Top Priority on Proclaiming the Gospel or Did Herbert W. Armstrong Change that Priority for the Work? Some say the Church should mainly feed the flock now as that is what Herbert W. Armstrong reportedly said. Is that what he said? Is that what the Bible says? What did Paul and Herbert W. Armstrong expect from evangelists?
The Laodicean Church Era has been predominant circa 1986 A.D. to present. These are non-Philadelphians who mainly descended from the old WCG.

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