6 Responses to “Roundup: From CGWA Back to COGWA Again, and Other Updates”

  1. Richard says:

    Perhaps "J" was responding to a post at Otagosh, which challenged both Church of God members and critics to come out from "behind the burkas." His point is that openness breeds honesty, and there's isn't really that much to fear after all.

  2. John D Carmack says:

    @Richard: I only read Otagosh when something interesting comes up on Google, so I wasn't aware of that. Openness might breed honesty, or perhaps rather honesty requires a significant degree of openness.

    As Christians, we are called to honesty, are we not? Do pseudonyms help or hinder that cause?

  3. buckblog says:

    I'd say it depends on the purpose. For instance I blogged under Buckblog primarily because I didn't want to take any chance of causing a problem with my employer or being a distraction at work. A secondary concern was, although a few in the congregation knew I blogged, I wasn't looking to have it known by everyone and take the chance of offending someone or being viewed as having some sort of agenda.

    However to make accusations and hide behind a pseudonym as some have is a problem, whether it be an Abigail or Luther (that has recently appeared) or people that infiltrate facebook sites.

    I guess it comes down to intent and actions.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Re: the UCG conference, I heard a UCG Pastor quote someone today as saying it looked like "an AARP convention."

    That pastor also announced several new ordinations to fill the COGWA gaps. A few of them were announced as "half-time" ministers, which sounds like what WCG had to do after the big split of 1995.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I know of one minister that wanted to be a half-time minister…he was asked to do full time
    He did not want to give up his full time job…I believe it is good move…I believe he can do both…In the case of COGWA…
    A lot of ministers followed…not as many members left this time as in 1995…they may have to hire the ministers has half-time or maybe some will not be hired…

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you recall UCG put a number of ministers on reduced salary to keep from going belly up after David Hulme's tenure. However it seems this is going to have to be a long term arrangement at COGWA. The ratio of Indians to Chiefs can't support it otherwise.

    The argument could be made and has been made by some that UCG is actually in a better financial position for now than prior to the split.

    Of course it will be a while before we see what the new normal is.