MINISTER'S REPORTING DELINQUENCY
When a minister becomes delinquent in reporting to the International and State (Regional Office) as much as three (3) months, he/she shall be urgently admonished by the State Overseer of the state/region where he/she is ministering to bring his/her reports up to date. [S.28, III, Minutes of the 77th International General Assembly, Church of God, pp 109] and,
Further, he/she shall be notified in writing that if he/she fails to report for a period of four (4) months, his/her license will be subject to revocation, after due disciplinary process (55th, A., 1974, pp 56, 57, 77th, a 2018, p 109]
The Administrative Bishop is required to fully inform any pastoral candidate of the current financial condition of the prospective church prior to finalization of said candidate's appointment.
Where there has been an accumulation of delinquent funds, from a local church for which the present pastor is not responsible, the following procedures are recommended:
- The State Overseer/Administrative Bishop or a Committee appointed by him shall meet with the current pastor to study the situation and make recommendations for an appropriate resolution of the problem according to one of the following options:
There is no provision for forgiveness of ministry money owed. Assistance may be provided through funds being made available by (1) an individual (2) another local church (3) the Regional/State Office (4) International Headquarters or any combination of the above.
When all other sources of payment of the delinquent amount have been exhausted, the State/Regional Overseer or Administrative Bishop shall have the right to appeal to the Secretary-General with a proposal providing for mutual participation in the payment of the accumulated delinquent funds. Further, a standing Committee of action chaired by the Secretary-General/Treasurer be appointed by the General Overseer to consider and make final disposition of such proposals [S.54, p156, 2018 Minutes of the International General Assembly, Church of God]
- immediate payment
- payment plan
- partial payment and partial assistance
- full assistance be given when the above options have been exercised and it is beyond the ability of the local church to satisfy the delinquent debt within a maximum of 12 months
The principle of local churches giving a tithe of their tithes for worldwide ministry has been a part of Church of God practice from its earliest days.
As a Scriptural principle, (Genesis 14:18-20; 28:20-22, Malachi 3:10, Luke 11:42; 1 Corinthians 9:6-9; 16:2; Hebrews 7:1-21), and an approved program of the International General Assembly, tithing the tithes provides a way for each local church to have a part in contributing to the worldwide ministry of the church.
Through its ministry far beyond its own borders, and releases God's blessing in the same way that a church member's practice of tithing brings blessings into his /her personal life.
"Jesus Christ loves us beyond comprehension and we cannot diminish His love for us"
CHURCH REPORTING TEMPLATE
Bishop Dr. Ron Binda
CHURCH REPORTING DELIQUENCY
Where there is delinquency in local church reporting (reports and/or finances), the following procedures are recommended:
- When a church is two months delinquent in reporting, the State Overseer or Administrative Bishop shall meet personally with the pastor, relative to correcting the matter
- When the church is three months delinquent, a Board of inquiry shall be appointed to investigate and make recommendations
- Should the delinquency continue, a State Board or Regional Council shall be appointed to consider the filing of appropriate charges
- Where the foregoing investigation has proven fault on the part of the pastor, that he not be considered for any appointment or position until proper disposition has been made for payment of the delinquent funds.
- Further, any pastor who is found at fault by an investigation committee (or District Overseer, assigned by the Administrative Bishop), who has failed to send in his/her respective church reports for four (4) months or more shall be subject to disciplinary action from his/her respective Administrative Bishop up to revocation of credentials
- The Administrative Bishop can make exceptions to this ruling on a case-by-case basis and as in compliance with the Minutes of the General Assembly S.7, Section II, Paragraph 11 under Duties of the General Overseer. The action of the Administrative Bishop must be approved by the General Overseer of the Church of God for final determination.