That gang of fun-loving boys in Cincinnati held another Conference of Elders recently. This is always that fun time when the UCG ministry from around the world gathers to hear words of encouragement, learn that budgets have been set ensuing their salaries for one more year, and hear important topics that the world is soooooo interested in, like British Israelism. It seems like after 24 years things still have not changed.
Of the 300 some elders pastoring in UCG, only 144 even bothered to show up. Seriously dudes, get your act together! You have a great commission in front of you, act like it! Sheesh!
Anyway, at this conference, like ALL the other conferences, goals were set out for the church to aspire to. UCG is still desperately seeking to make itself relevant to the world of 2019/20. They want their members to be filled with joy and so warm and loving that people will flock to join up. Yeah, right. I'm going to start holding my breath right now that this will be accomplished. I just know it will! Cough....
UCG elite from Cincinnati will be traveling to as many UCG churches as possible this year to show the members that they love them and care for them, so much so that they will continue to pay tithes and keep the church afloat, which is the ultimate reason behind these trips.
The Boys in Cincinnati are also going to survey the members of UCG to see if they are satisfied with the church and its ministry. Just how many more of these surveys does UCG need to do to figure out things are not right in the church? The huge implosion that formed the Church of God a Worldwide Association should have been a warning sign that things were NOT going well!
They are going to implement annual pastor and elder self-evaluations. Seriously? Self-evaluations? Can UCG members honestly expect ministers to properly self-evaluate? Why not let the members evaluate the ministers and elders? That will quickly hold ministers accountable and swiftly ensure some will be losing jobs! Oh, wait! This is UCG after all, and they protect their own. No minister needs to ever worry.
The ministry is also encouraged to head off conflicts in the church by invoking Matthew 18. (In case you forget what Matt 18 is about, it is posted below.) Many, if not most of the conflicts in the church have been caused by ministers, elders, and the leadership in Cincinnati. That doesn't matter though, its the members who will be accused of causing problems. They always have been.