UCG Elder Losses Now at 165, Including UK CEO


Since I reported earlier today that UCG hired several into the ministry (United News Out, Ministers Added), perhaps I should post that later today the Abigail Cartwright (AC) site listed two more losses to UCG’s eldership:

  • Mr. Eddie Johnson (Local Elder, Paddock Wood, UK) February 8, 2011, resigned from UCG ministry
  • Mr. Peter Hawkins (CEO of the UCG UK) February 8, 2011, resigned from UCG ministry
  • Losing its CEO in the United Kingdom would seem to be a significant hit.

    According to the list at the AC site, UCG has lost 165 elders/pastors/ministers since June 0f 2010. But this only represents about 1/3 of its pre-crisis eldership. However, UCG has admitted to losing 53% of its salaried USA ministry from this crisis, so it has been hit pretty hard.

    This has been tough for those who are or were in UCG.

    If you are or were part of UCG and are confused about what to do, please pray, fast, and study the Bible about this.

    Ask yourself what are the true priorities that the Bible indicates that the church most faithful to the words of Jesus would do and act appropriately.

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