Technical Difficulties Force Postponement of COGIC Elections, Sparking Confusion and Controversy

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the nation’s largest Black religious body, the Church of God in Christ held its Quadrennial Election to fill numerous positions, including vacancies to the General Board, Financial Secretary, General Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee Board, and Judiciary Board (General Assembly).

However, due to technical difficulties, the elections were suspended, leading to a great deal of confusion over when—and how—they would take place.

In a statement and video released to the entire church body, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake indicated he was troubled by an election spirit in conflict with the fundamentals of the Word and what he described as a slow and systematic compromise of the groups’ constitution.

“I’m grieved by what I see,” said Blake. “I have a responsibility to you both ecclesiastically as the Chief Apostle of our denomination, and civilly as the President and CEO of our beloved Church of God in Christ, to speak the truth in the midst of lies; to speak peace in the middle of confusion; and to speak order to chaos.”

A date for rescheduling the election has been the subject of ongoing debate.

“The present agenda of forcing an election in the coming days despite consequences and without transparency is unacceptable. Postponing the election will give us time to address this matter.”

“We have always operated with excellence and integrity,” Blake added. “We can do better and we will do better. I am still on watch and I will not leave my post as your Chief Apostle until we are assured that technological due diligence has been done and constitutional efficacy has been observed.”

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