Updates On UCG Administration Changes
June 24, 2010
Council of Elders Chooses President
The Council of Elders of the United Church of God, an International Association, chose Dennis Luker, longtime minister currently living in Bothell, Washington, as president at the conclusion of two days of interviews and discussions June 23 and 24.
Mr. Luker was chosen from a list of four finalists that included Gary Antion, Bill Bradford, Roy Holladay and Dennis Luker. This list was narrowed down from a list that initially numbered 39 nominees recommended by UCG elders.
Mr. Luker assumes office immediately. The Council wishes to express its deep appreciation to Mr. Holladay, who as chairman of the Council served as interim president over recent months in accordance with the UCG Constitution and Bylaws. He will assist Mr. Luker in a transition period over the next few weeks.
The Council, as the governing board of the United Church of God, congratulates Mr. Luker and looks forward to working with him in the coming years.
David M. Johnson, Secretary
June 23, 2010
Changes in Latin American Regional Administration
We are very sorry to have to make the following announcement. With the authorization of the Council of Elders, Leon Walker is being replaced in his administrative and pastoral duties associated with the Church’s activities in the Latin American region.
Last week, Mr. Walker was requested to come to the home office for a meeting with the interim president and with the chairman of the Council ethics committee (who is also the Ministerial Services operation manager), to discuss certain e-mail communications between him and the Spanish-speaking ministers he oversees. Mr. Walker chose not to attend and instead left on a three-week trip to Latin America.
On June 20, Mr. Walker was directed to discontinue his trip and return to the home office in Cincinnati to review and respond to this information with the interim president and ethics committee chairman and members of the Council of Elders. The Council had directed me as interim president of the Church and chairman of the Council to seek resolution of these issues in the planned meetings.
On June 21, Mr. Walker replied stating that he refused to travel to the Church’s home office for the purpose of participating in these meetings. He was subsequently relieved of his duties. At this time, Mr. Walker remains an employee of the Church and, given his change in responsibilities, has been directed to return for review of his duties.
A new regional coordinator for the work of the Church in Latin American areas will be named shortly. Mario Seiglie, who served our brethren in Latin America for two decades and who now will shortly begin service on the Council of Elders, will be traveling to the Latin American region to meet with our ministers and members there.
It remains my fervent hope that we can all remember that “God has called us to peace” (1 Corinthians:7:15) and as recorded in 2 Peter:3:9: “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (New International Version).
Your continued prayers for true unity and peace are much appreciated.
Roy Holladay, Interim President and Chairman
April 30, 2010
Dear Fellow Brethren,
Preparations for the annual General Conference of Elders this weekend are peaking, and we’re all excited to see our ministers and their wives begin to gather here for three important days. As we prepare for this series of meetings and the upcoming year in the work of the Church, I’d like to invite you to consider a few things.
A video segment that I’ve recorded twice now is called “About our Father’s Business,” a reference to Christ’s statement who, even as a 12-year-old, appeared in the Jerusalem Temple and displayed knowledge and wisdom well beyond His years. Now, I’d like to ask you, how are we in the United Church of God being about our Father’s business?
Did you know that there are presently more than 16 million people in the United States and around the globe who keep the seventh day Sabbath? Did you know that these people consider themselves Christian and keep the Sabbath as they understand how Jesus and the apostles kept the Sabbath? The vast number of these Sabbath keepers don’t observe the Holy Days because they don’t understand the significance of them. They don’t have the precious understanding of God’s plan of salvation that we are blessed to have. They come close to a more complete knowledge of the truth in many instances, but then they fall short. God has not yet opened their eyes.
Considering all of that, here’s an important point. Many of these Sabbath-keepers know much about us and the entire Church of God movement. What do you think they see? Do they see God’s spirit in action in a highly inviting way? As a result of seeing that way in action, are they drawn to consider a deeper understanding of God’s word and truth?
As we approach the weekly Sabbath and, in a few weeks the Day of Pentecost, I’d like to offer some thoughts from perhaps an unusual source.
When Jesus was asked for a confirming sign of who He was and what He was doing, He replied in a highly remarkable way: “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” We read that in Matthew chapter 12, verse 39, and we in the Church of God are well familiar with how Jesus said that He would be in the grave for three full days and three full nights, just as “Jonah was in three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish” (verse 40).
We usually read this around the Passover time, so why am I bringing this up here?
The book of Jonah is very short compared to other books of the Bible. It is also one of the most controversial. Many scholars dismiss it as allegorical or metaphorical. Many don’t believe any of it happened.
Given that scholarly view, did Christ say something like “based on the children’s fairy tale about Jonah, I will be in the grave just as Jonah imagined he was in the legendary fish”?
No brethren, of course He did not.
What he did do was to completely validate the book of Jonah and its content. He confirmed that it all happened.
So here’s my point today and my question to you. What did happen in the book of Jonah and how might that be relevant for us today in the United Church of God? It’s a much bigger lesson than one about a fish.
As I mentioned, it’s a short book. You can quickly read it in one setting. But here’s its main theme, which our soon coming King and Elder Brother completely validated.
The book is about a message that God directly gave to one of His servants and how that servant tried to dodge his responsibility for delivering it. God didn’t destroy him for not following what God said to do, but God did go to great lengths to get Jonah’s attention. Jonah was to deliver a message of warning to the city of Nineveh, which the Bible calls “an exceedingly great city” (Jonah:3:3).
After God got Jonah’s attention, this time he obeyed. And a very surprising thing happened. After Jonah delivered the message, the people of Nineveh, whom God said numbered more than one hundred and twenty thousand, saw the profound error of their ways and repented. The King of Nineveh declared a fast.
How did God respond? “God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (Jonah:3:10). It was a totally unexpected outcome from Jonah’s human point of view.
Brethren, let me ask you this question: do we ever doubt the power of the message that we have today all been called to deliver? When Jonah got focused and aligned himself with God’s will, powerful things happened.
We are, as the Bible says, “a small flock.” But make no mistake. God in these last days has given us a voice.
As we test and refine that voice on commercial television, as we continue to tap into the unparalleled opportunities on the Internet that know no national boundaries, as we publish God’s truth in multiple languages, we are exercising that voice. Just as Jonah didn’t know, we don’t know in many cases how our message will be received. But we, like Jonah, have the direct command to proclaim that message.
As I have written to you recently, we proclaim a message that involves an invisible God. While God is presently invisible to mortal man, our Church and you members are not. When the Church proclaims a way of love, of give versus get, of the power that results when one embraces the truth of the Bible, do people in the world fully see that in action? Do our thoughts, our words and our actions reflect what we say? Can people in the world—including the more than 16 million Sabbath keepers who know of us and watch us—truly see Christ living in us? Do they want what we have?
These are important questions. They concern all of us. They reflect our responsibility.
I spoke recently about the strengths of the United Church of God. Those strengths are appealing. They are inviting. And they are true. God is working in His Church today, and He is the source of those strengths. If you have not seen it yet, it is available for viewing on the Church’s Web site (www.ucg.org/sermons).
In closing, let us consider the words of Paul, who wrote to the 1st century Christians in Philippi: “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Our responsibility is before us and we have the very power of God to help us achieve it. Let us set the bar high as we approach Pentecost to rededicate ourselves to the standards of God.
And in doing so, let us all be about our Father’s business.
In Christian Love,
Chairman, Council of Elders
April 23, 2010
[The following letter was sent to the United Church of God ministry by Roy Holladay yesterday, April 22.]
Dear Fellow Ministers,
Are we today properly prioritizing the work that God has directed His Church to do? If not, how can we refocus our efforts to better achieve this?
Since the Council of Elders effected a change in the Church’s administration a few weeks ago, I and other Council members have received numerous letters, e-mails and phone calls. Most of them are civil with honest questions, but some are hostile, containing false allegations. Further, many of our young people and others have taken to online resources to put forth their views, some helpful, some destructive. A considerable amount of time has been taken to review these.
Most of these communications, to one degree or another, essentially reflect these two questions—how are we prioritizing the work to be done and how can we best focus our efforts? These are fair questions, and ones that certainly deserve answers.
As the Council of Elders moves to achieve the dual objectives of the Church—preaching the gospel and preparing a people—the answers to those questions are paramount. In providing those answers, I’ll touch on a number of points here, both past and present.
Some people and administrators in the past have thought that we ought to essentially reverse the order of our dual stated purposes. Clearly there is a growing need for younger ministers as our current pastors continue to age and move into a time when they should be considering retirement. One thought is that if we have more ministers, then we will have the capacity to serve more people as God calls them into the Church. If we have to train more new ministers, then some have thought that we need a formal physical facility like what we had in our former fellowship.
But what’s most important? Preaching the gospel to all nations or constructing buildings to train new ministers and young people? Toward what objectives should the Church devote its physical resources now in order to quickly achieve results?
These are complex questions. Over the past 15 years the Council has tried to balance the means to advance on both fronts, all with a fraction of the physical and financial resources that we had in our former fellowship. It’s a classic dilemma, and one that Council members since 1995 have sought answers to urgently.
If we use the New Testament and the first-century Church as a guide, we quickly see that the preaching of the gospel is first and foremost. There is virtually no mention of building programs or physical church construction in any of the activities recorded about the early Church. There is considerable mention of supporting members, particularly, for example, as Paul canvassed congregations in several areas to raise funds for Church members and believers suffering from a famine in Judea.
After we began our current fellowship some 15 years ago, we had to rebuild key assets. We set about codifying our precious spiritual beliefs and setting in place firm standards that would prevent them from being hijacked in the future. We had to rebuild and recreate our literature portfolio. We had to recreate the means to serve our members at the Feast of Tabernacles. In addition, we set a priority on educating our youth in God’s way and established United Youth Camps in our very first year. It was all a mammoth undertaking.
Through God’s mighty and merciful power, we have done all of that.
As we were in the process of recreating all of these necessary standards and materials, some major changes took place. The Internet—completely unknown and unanticipated in past generations of the Church—took a global hold and dramatically changed how people of all nations communicate and receive information. Further, the widespread fragmentation of traditional electronic and print media rendered previously used means of preaching the gospel less effective than in decades past. The rules of effective communication changed. We as a Church had to thus change many of our previous ways of distributing God’s truth to match how people prefer to receive information.
And so, to complement traditional print and electronic media (which are still the preferred platforms for multiple millions of people), the Church has now invested much in the way of human and financial resources toward a growing and increasingly strategic Internet presence.
Now, in a related realm of the Internet, advances in broadband speed and capacity have led many universities and training programs to create and offer sophisticated distance learning options. For example, the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) now offers many of its highly regarded college courses for free on its wiki: MIT OpenCourseWare (see http://ocw.mit.edu). Could the Church also use the Internet to achieve both of its objectives?
While all of these developments were taking place, the United Church of God had to wrestle with numerous key decisions. When we started, we didn’t have a permanent facility to conduct the operations of the Church. Many were divided even then as to where the Church’s main operations should be located. Since we were starting with a clean slate, the Church commissioned a formal independent study, which ultimately recommended that the physical home office of the Church be located either in the Cincinnati or Los Angeles areas. Among other benefits, Cincinnati is located near to the median center of the U.S. population, and it was ultimately chosen.
That decision was not held in favor by many, even though a small numerical majority wanted it. The decision led to division and high emotions. A similar issue came up in 2007 and 2008 (although this time a site in Texas was proposed), and some remain agitated over the way it was either proposed or dealt with. As you well know, movement was actually started toward that objective a few years ago, even though our current facilities in Cincinnati (which are debt free) are presently more than adequate to serve the needs of the Church.
Based on the letters and e-mails we’ve received, some obviously think that a multi-million dollar building program and a move of the home office to Denton, Texas, is still what the Church should do. To that specific topic, I would like to remind you of a few important points.
A full-scale relocation is a very expensive proposition. The limited financial resources that God has presently blessed the Church with are not well-suited to undertake and sustain the kind of financial commitment required for such a move. Very optimistic formal forecasts of income and debt service projections were made a few years ago that appeared to demonstrate how the United Church of God might do this. These optimistic projections tried to show how the Church would service the debt required to embark on a full-scale, multi-million dollar building project.
Let me speak plainly here. Based on what has happened to the global economy over the last 18 months, it is basically nothing short of a God-given miracle that we did not have to service the magnitude of debt that such a building project would have required. We have not come close to achieving the income projections that were forecast back then. Certainly they were well-meaning, but as recent history confirms, they were inaccurate. That’s not conjecture or speculation. That’s real data.
Now today some might say that the recession is ending and better times are ahead—and that from a spiritual perspective, “the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save” (Isaiah:59:1)—and so we should move forward in faith with a building plan. These are well-intentioned thoughts, but do they answer the two questions that were posed at the beginning of this message? Are we truly doing the work that God has directed us to do and, if not, how can we refocus our efforts to better achieve this?
When we left our prior fellowship, we took only two things with us. Those two things are priceless: the precious truth and understanding of God’s purpose for us today, and the experience we collectively gained. We must use that experience to avoid the mistakes of the past. We know what God allowed with the destruction of the ancient first and second temples in Jerusalem, and in recent times the sale to others of the contemporary facilities of our former fellowship across the globe.
As we contemplate those first two questions, here’s an important consideration: When we go about fulfilling what we understand as the dual mission given to the Church, summarized in the statement of preaching the gospel and preparing a people, we are largely dealing with things invisible and physically unseen in this present age. Indeed, after the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples, He said to a future apostle: “Thomas, because you have seen Me [physically], you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John:20:29).
That underscores our main challenge and presents the answer to our two questions. The Church preaches a message that concerns things that are invisible. It preaches this message in an environment that is cluttered and full of disinformation about the real truth of the gospel. As we on the Council and the home office staff—and indeed all of you—look at this challenge, we all wonder how can we even make a start toward achieving this. Compared to Fortune 500 media companies, our entire financial resources—much less our current media budget—are less than a drop in the proverbial bucket.
Fortunately, we have the unbreakable promise that “God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). We rely on this promise that God will grant us wisdom to discern what direction He desires us to take in using the resources that He gives us. We also have the priceless resource of the living examples of Church members. In the course of being a part of the Church of God, what Church member has not been asked, “Why do you do that?” In addition to supporting the Church physically, Church members have the far more important role of preaching the gospel through their example. As He says directly to all of us: “You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew:5:14, 16).
That vision and focus is what guides the leadership of the Church. When we made the recent administrative change, we wanted to advance the Church according to what we understand to be the direction Christ wants us to take—as the loving and living Head of the Church. We endeavored to treat the former administrators with great respect—despite allegations to the contrary—and our conscience is clear.
Fellow ministers, the examples and directions given by Jesus, Paul and others all state that we are to be wise stewards of the resources God has given us. I think that I can speak for the entire Council that we are perfectly willing to both live by faith and step out on faith, but that faith must be grounded in wisdom and accompanied by a sincere willingness to yield and be led by God.
The leadership of the Church is committed to seeking the best balance in which to apply our resources, both physical and—most importantly—spiritual. To achieve this, we daily seek a multitude of counselors. We lay our plans before God that we may be in alignment with His divine will. Even as God told the Jewish captives in Babylon, the same holds true for us today: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah:29:11, New International Version).
Fellow ministers, let us not frustrate those plans. We are doing the work of the living God! Let us now go forward, actively seeking His will and the plans that He has in store for us.
May God and Jesus Christ—the living Head of this Church—continue to inspire and lead you as you serve our precious members.
All the best for a memorable and profitable Sabbath.
In deepest Christian love,
Interim President, Chairman, Council of Elders
April 22, 2010
New update available on the Council of Elders website. http://coe.ucg.org/updates/legal-opinion-regarding-withdrawal-resolution
April 19, 2010
New update available on the Council of Elders website. http://coe.ucg.org/updates/update-chairman
April 15, 2010
The Council of Elders of the United Church of God, an International Association, conducted a teleconference on Wednesday evening, April 14. The Board approved Victor Kubik as interim Ministerial Services operation manager and Peter Eddington as interim Media and Communications Services operation manager.
The major topic of discussion was the selection process for choosing the next president of the United Church of God. Chairman Roy Holladay had distributed to the Council earlier in the day numerous documents that have been used in the selection process in the past. The Council indicated the need for time to review the documentation and to develop the Process & Timeline for Selection of the New Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.
The Roles and Rules Committee was asked to review the documentation and come prepared to lead the Council in a discussion of the selection process at the May Council meetings. One of the first steps in the process will be to contact the General Conference of Elders to solicit their nomination recommendations. The desire of the Council is to come out of the May meetings with a well defined process that will be shared with the ministry and the membership.
Chairman & Interim President
April 13, 2010 - Letter from Interim President Roy Holladay
Dear Beloved Brethren,
In a few weeks we will be observing the Feast of Pentecost. Christ’s promise to His disciples is important as we prepare ourselves for the day: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…to the ends of the earth” (Acts:1:8, New International Version).
That is the primary purpose of the United Church of God today, which is made up of the most blessed people on earth. We are the ones specifically selected by God (John:6:44)—called to be holy and set apart for special training and service. As this present earthly cosmos plummets toward a dramatic end, we have an all-important mission.
With that as a backdrop, I want to address a few issues, past and future. You have heard that some key administrative changes have been made. To some these changes may have come as a surprise. As ministers of the gospel we are accountable to you, and I want to provide some details about what has developed recently and where we as a Church are going.
While it may not have been evident to the membership at large, in recent months a serious level of conflict existed about certain issues between the Council of Elders and some administrators. It is one thing to have simple disagreements that arise in the course of choosing a way of action. But when the levels of conflict and disagreement escalate to the point where the Church’s critical work begins to suffer from inaction and it becomes clear that the necessary working relationship and rapport between the Council and its management team has broken down, then it is the direct responsibility of the Council of Elders to act swiftly. That we have done.
During these past months, certain administrators severely disagreed with the oversight and direction that the Council was providing, even though they are bound by the bylaws of the Church to support it. During that same time, the basic work of the Church continued and the level of conflict was unseen by most of you. Given that latter fact I believe you deserve an explanation. However, as I explain where we have recently been, I don’t want to belabor any points because the past is the past. Reconciliation, unity and love are more important than organizational justification. For your review, here are some details.
As part of the General Conference of Elders meetings in 2008 and 2009, the ministers balloted in the established way for a number of new members of the Council of Elders, replacing several members who were part of the administration. As time went on it became apparent that the priorities and perspectives of the existing management team were quite different from those of the Council as chosen by the ministry of the United Church of God.
As collectively established in the beginning of our fellowship 15 years ago, the Council of Elders is directly and solely responsible for oversight and setting direction and policy for the Church. This is quite a different structure from the one we experienced in our former church affiliation where only one or two people at the top made all of the important decisions. We learned through painful experience where that led. The United Church of God, we collectively decided, would be different. We adopted as one of our primary governing principles Proverbs:24:6: “In a multitude of counselors there is safety.”
To put in perspective the now-past situation, allow me to review a few more points of important history. Fifteen years ago we collectively chose a very different structure of governance on the physical level, emphasizing and recognizing of course that the living Head of the spiritual Church is Jesus Christ Himself. The highest authority in our physical organization is the General Conference of Elders, which is all of the nearly 500 elders of the United Church of God who choose to participate. This group is responsible for, among other things, authorizing changes to our governing documents, approving any doctrinal changes and selecting a 12-person Council of Elders. As our Constitution states and openly authorizes, the Council of Elders is to “provide oversight and guidance within the Church for the service and care of local congregations, the preaching of the gospel and the administration of God’s tithes and offerings,” making it “the duly appointed corporate board for the Church and [the] equivalent to a board of directors.”
Functioning under the direction of the Council of Elders is the management team comprised of certain officers (president, treasurer and secretary) and operation managers for finances, media and ministerial services, and a home office staff. These are “selected, approved and directed by the Council.” The Council of Elders is also specifically responsible “to provide direction and oversight to ensure the proper management of the day-to-day affairs of the Corporation, the United Church of God, an International Association.”
During the past few months, disagreements—however well-intentioned—among certain administrators and other ministers about the Council’s direction and priorities mounted up. Without getting into specifics of those disagreements, I will simply say that the situation and stalemate had grown very frustrating to all. Matters finally came to a head with the introduction of a proposed resolution that was outside of the Church’s established means for proposing changes in the Church’s governing documents and structure. Without even the traditional review of the full Council and our legal counsel, the proposed resolution was placed in the formal mailing to all ministers with the idea that it would be voted on at the upcoming General Conference of Elders next month.
As chairman, I can tell you that the Council intensely sought a variety of expert counsel to address our differences, including this issue. It was not taken lightly. Based on this variety of counsel, both from within and without, the Council determined that the resolution was harmful and against the protections and principles of this Church’s governing structure. To prevent potential harm to the Church, the Council determined that the resolution should be withdrawn.
However, the larger matter that remained was the underlying differences that gave rise to that improper resolution in the first place. As is pointed out in Amos:3:3, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” To end this long stalemate and achieve a fresh start with a Council and administration working together, I and other Council members met with the president, one of the sponsors of this resolution that we were obliged to withdraw. The differences that had led up to this situation were well known by all in the meeting, even though they were not well known to the general membership or most of the ministry of the Church. He agreed to resign his position at the Council’s request. In a spirit of harmony, he also openly agreed to help effect an orderly transition. Shortly after the meeting with the president, the resignation was requested of the operation manager for the Church's ministry and he complied. In addition, the operation manager for media offered to resign, which was accepted.
I should point out here that it is possible to have different viewpoints and still be unified. As the Proverb states, “iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs:27:17). But when things get so hot that the “iron” starts melting, no one benefits. To achieve our mission as a Church, the time comes to lay aside any differences and work together for a common goal in accordance with the governance structure we have agreed to. Given what has transpired over the past eight months, the Council believes that a change was needed in administration. This change in administration is expected to better reflect the Council’s priorities and perspectives.
The Church’s work is continuing. Indeed, the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of God were written to provide for the smooth and orderly transition of personnel to and from various administrative and oversight positions within the Church such as those we are now experiencing. Also, the Church’s present Strategic Plan provides us with the framework of continuity that transcends personalities and places spiritual principles at the height of what we collectively do as a Church organization.
So, what’s next? First, I would like to take the opportunity to quote a man who was quite acquainted with both human division and the critical healing required to overcome that situation: America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. In his second inaugural address he declared:
“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in.”
Accordingly, in a renewed spirit of reconciliation and unity, let us thus move forward and not dwell on the past.
Second, what do we as a Church possess to develop real unity of purpose and focus? Consider these ancient powerful words that echo across to us today: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” (2 Chronicles:20:6)
Brethren, it is this mighty Divine power that must drive and sustain us as a Church at all levels. In many instances the New Testament is quite clear about the differences the Church experienced in the first century. It is also quite clear that God did not generally call the wise, the noble or the mighty, then or now. We are and must be dependent on Him for guidance, direction and strength. We must surrender our own will and align ourselves with His perfect will in order to achieve any measure of true success.
The Church is prepared to grow. Much work has already gone into exploring and now entering the commercial television market to proclaim God’s truth. This new media effort will be integrated into our already strong global outreach on the Internet and in our publications. We have a new interactive Bible study platform and other means in preparation to allow people in this darkened world to see the light of God’s awe-inspiring instruction. You have already received information about planning for the 2010 Feast of Tabernacles and the opportunities to send your children to Church camps around the world, and those well-established critical activities of the Church remain in full swing.
To keep you informed, we are in the process of establishing a daily online “blog” that I and others will participate in. You can view it online at http://realtimeunited.wordpress.com. Also, many updates will be posted on our members’ Web site at http://members.ucg.org.
Soon the Council will announce the process and plans for appointing a new president, and during that time I’ll be communicating regularly. In conclusion, as we approach the precious renewal inherent in the Day of Pentecost, I would invite you to consider the prayer attributed to Moses (a man also well-acquainted with the challenges of leadership) as a 21st-century prayer for the United Church of God:
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm:90:17, NIV, emphasis added).
Brethren, let’s be about doing the work of our Father!
In deep Christian love,
Chairman of the Council of Elders
April 12, 2010
Based on actions taken by the Church’s Council of Elders in early April, an orderly transition for certain positions within the Church’s executive management structure has begun. At the formal request of the Council, Clyde Kilough resigned his position as president of the Church and it was accepted. A few other senior members of the Church’s management team tendered their resignations from administrative positions. All were accepted and Mr. Kilough and the other ministers involved will now re-enter the full-time field ministry of the United Church of God.
Roy Holladay, a former president of the Church and the current chairman of the Council of Elders, has temporarily assumed the position of president. During this transition period and beyond, the Church’s intense focus on the preaching of the Gospel will remain unchanged, including the plans to move forward with new commercial television programming. Details of this transition and interim appointments to administrative positions will be announced shortly by the Council.