Living Church of God has always considered everything about it's organizational structure to be designed by God and therefore CANNOT be wrong. Everything the leadership says and implements is God ordained. Let see how that all really works.
Here is an excerpt from the LCG Pastoral Manual for pastors and elders.
There are serious issues in the very first paragraph. While it certainly is a lofty goal that a REAL pastor would be practicing, it certainly is NOT something that LCG pastors, evangelists and leaders currently practice. They most certainly are NOT "pioneering a way of peace" in the LCG. When conflicts arise LCG ministers/leaders lash out in anger swiftly and harshly. All of the recent disfellowshipments attest to that. LCG has NEVER diffused conflict. If anything it has created more conflict and disruption in members lives over its short life span than most other churches.
Rod Meredith and LCG ministers ability to lead in times of crisis as peacemakers is a huge joke!
LCG ministers have never been known to keep issues within a small group of people. Either the minister or his wife immediately hits the gossip chain and he entire church are will now within a few hours. Bellowing from the pulpit the "supposed sins" of others is a common.As a servant leader, you must be working on your own relationships at home, and in your personal life. We are called to pioneer a way of peace not known by the world (Romans 3:17). When conflicts do arise, that is perhaps the biggest test of our ability to be peacemaking Pastors. Brethren take note of how we handle conflict situations. Our ability to lead as peacemakers, especially in crises, depends on our ability to defuse conflict and controversy. How we deal with conflict is often just as important as the initial problem itself. A Pastor can cause a conflict to spread and multiply, or he can minimize it. Here are some principles for minimizing conflict:
It is well know that certain wives of leading ministers/evangelists CANNOT keep their mouths shut when problems arise. Some of them actively look for problems having created a little network of spies who report back on every minuscule circumstance or problem.
1. Use as little authority as necessary to effectively deal with a problem. Do not use a hammer when a flyswatter will do! If one or two people have a problem, address it in private, not from the pulpit. If you address it from the pulpit when it is not warranted, it will only make others curious and unsettled about a problem about which they may not have been aware. If a problem is spreading or is known by multiple individuals, it may be necessary to address it at some level with the group at large. But strive to keep the circle of people involved as small as possible. (For further on the exercise of Church discipline, see Chapter 3.)
Confidentiality in the Church of God????? When????? It is well known how employees with access to member files routinely looked at friends files to see if they were tithing, what they had counsel with a minister about and for other issues. Ministers in the Church Offices in Pasadena would stand in the hallway joking about recently counseling sessions mocking the person who came seeking advice. Some of these same men are parked on their butts in Charlotte. LCG employees currently routinely look at other emp0loyees files and members.
2. Discourage gossip—by others and by yourself. Unfortunately, sometimes gossip comes from the minister himself—but that should never happen. Nothing tears down the morale of a group and limits its potential growth like gossip (Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:9). Weave principles of avoiding gossip into sermons—and do not indulge in it yourself (Psalm 15:3).
Siege mentality is the mode LCG operates in on a daily basis. Its slash and burn most of the time. LCG members are sick of sitting in church listening to ministers proclaim, "Brethren, as much as it pains us and causes us great sadness, it is our sad duty to tell you that we have kicked Susan and Bill's sorry asses to the curb! Do not speak to them or associate with these vile vermin lest you be tainted."
3. Keep confidentiality. As the saying goes, “Loose lips sink ships.” Always—but especially in a conflict—keep confidential what is said in private. There are few things that will destroy the relationship of a congregation with its Pastor as quickly as his inability to keep private things private. You, as a Pastor, will distance yourself from your brethren and undermine the health of the group if you (and/or your wife) cannot keep things confidential.
So what is LCG focused upon? It is not bringing in new members. Its only common goal is making it to Petra over the bodies of those they destroy on the way there. LCG members are getting tired of all the hypocrisy of the leadership and a gearing up for a huge split with Meredith dies. Ames and crew will not be able to hold the sinking ship together, particularly if Lil'Jimmy makes a run for it.
4. Avoid the “siege mentality.” This can happen when there is an attack on the Church or the minister. Deal with the problem, but resist the temptation of seeing everyone as “either for me or against me.” If we’re not careful, we can start seeing negative innuendos and hidden meanings behind every word, glance, or look. We can be a polarizing factor in the congregation, instead of being a force for reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).
When has the COG, particularly the LCG, EVER erred on the side of "assuming the best?" Decades of lashing out at members have proven this to be something that the church does NOT practice! "Do Not Impute Motives??????" Are they really serious? Every time ministers ash out at members they are imputing a motive, usually a "bad attitude."
5. Keep the brethren—and yourself—focused on the big picture. As captain of your local “ship,” keep focused on what is ahead. Talk about the Work. Talk about the telecast, new TV stations, and developments at Headquarters. Talk about the Kingdom. Talk about new people coming along, about the good news that is happening in your local areas. Continue speaking from the pulpit and in person about a wide spectrum of topics and issues—not just the present problem. People need to grieve when there is a problem, but the goal is to put their eyes back on the horizon ahead as quickly as possible.
The list closes with the following. I have never known an LCG minister or leader who has NOT responded to personal attacks. Their reactions are usually swift and deadly holding no prisoners.
6. Err on the side of assuming the best. When confronted with a problem, err on the side of assuming that a member or members is/are trying hard, and may not be aware of the problem they are causing. Do not impute motives. James 4:11-12 warns against speaking evil and judging another. Give people the benefit of the doubt—while at the same time explaining the need to correct the problem.
7. Ignore personal attacks. Ecclesiastes says not to take to heart everything everyone says, especially about you (Ecclesiastes 7:21). Though Jesus defended others, He did not defend and justify Himself (1 Peter 2:23). Defend others, and defend the office of the ministry, but do not allow your emotions to cause you to focus on defending yourself from personal attacks.