Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Council Elected & Business Underway

The Council of Eighteen is the most prestigious council of the entire Church of God which has delegates here from 164 nations of the world. 3000 plus men have a hand in selecting these leaders by through the power of private ballots. The following men were selected:

1. Bryan Cutshall
2. Loran Livingstone
3. Bill Isaacs
4. Tony Scott
5. David Cooper
6. Don Walker
7. Grant McClung
8. Lamar Vest
9. Jentzen Franklin
10. Oliver McMahan
11. Fedlyn Beason
12. David Ramirez
13. Gary Sears
14. Nick Park
15. David Munguia Z
16. Mike Chapman
17. Mark Walker
18. Thomas Propes

I personally feel good about these nominations which took place yesterday and today. It is my hope and expectation that all of them will be confirmed by the General Assembly. Actually, the by-laws state that these men are elected by the General Council and not by the General Assembly. I'm very pleased with the entire list of those selected to serve on the Council of Eighteen.

BUSINESS IS NOW UNDERWAY in the General Council. Today we had a very emotional beginning of discussion on a most important issue...the issue of reducing the amount of money that pastors are asked to send to the General Offices with their monthly reports. I came away with a feeling of confidence that the Church of God is well set to step into the future because I heard some young men with intelligent proposals and polite manner offer their alternative ideas. They refused to be intimidated and, in my judgment, were brilliant in following Robert's Rules of Order - the rules which govern our discussion. God is with us! I'm willing to privately share more details with any of you who read this blog. It was a truly remarkable day.


Favorite One said...

Glad business is underway & glad you're happy with the selections. I'm sure if you're happy - they are all Godly men who will serve their positions well. *Is the David Ramirez listed the one that I met when we lived in Donelson? *ONE more day till official retirement!?!

Fred Alton said...

Yes, it's the same David Ramirez who visited us (along with Sonja Cordova from Bolivia) -- except that he can now speak English fluently! :)

Tabitha said...

I guess Bro. David still smokes at ping-pong, but Sonja told me that we would all be speaking Spanish in Heaven...;)

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I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

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