Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. addresses the saints at the annual Holy Convocation.

A Letter from Our Presiding Bishop: Our Bridge to the Future

From the 109th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO, our beloved Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake addresses the saints of the Church of God In Christ; asking us to trust in God’s divine providence as we enter into our glorious future in holiness, power, and faith.

 

To the Beloved Saints, My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I give God the glory for all the wonderful things He has done. With the spirit of gratitude, I thank each of you for your fervent prayers, support, and kind words during my eight years as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. We have accomplished so much toward the growth and maturation of the Church, always giving honor and praise to our almighty God. With great humility, I count it a privilege and a blessing to bridge the holy vision of  the past with the achievements of the past and the future holy objectives of the Church of God in Christ.

Aerial view of the Holy Convocation. America's Center, St. Louis, MO.

Aerial view of the Holy Convocation. America’s Center, St. Louis, MO.

How proud our founders would be to know that the Church of God in Christ is preaching and teaching holiness in 12,000 churches in 82 countries around the world. From a remnant of holy, Pentecostal believers established under Bishop Charles Mason, we continue to grow as a sanctified, Holy Ghost-filled, consecrated Church with over 6 million members: the largest African-American denomination in the world.

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time  began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

Our world is filled with stress and strife because there has been a shift away from earnest teaching, preaching, and worshiping. Our society is becoming devoid of holy living, awareness, and accountability. Consequently, our cultural reality is filled with unnecessary, unexplainable violence and death, disrespect for authority, celebration of hedonistic lifestyles, financial upheavals on every level, and the minimization of Church rights.

Nevertheless, I am encouraged that the Church of God in Christ has been called, and is spiritually equipped, to lead by example; trusting in God’s divine providence. We must continue to:

  • assist cities which have been devastated by natural disasters
  • lend our voices and support to demand justice when our lives seem not to matter
  • exercise patience and respect authority
  • provide resources to assist the poor, disabled and disenfranchised

Most importantly, we must offer up prayers for world peace, poverty elimination, racial discourse, and a worldwide holiness renewal.

 

CHALLENGES TO THE CHURCH

Appearing to be a part of the body of the Church are workers of iniquity, wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, and demonic spirits testing the will of God. There have been defamatory attacks, hate-filled propaganda and even death threats.

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

In spite of it all, I declare the decree: “No weapon formed against me, the Church of God in Christ’s leadership, and this holy denomination, will prosper.”

 

OUR BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

I am thankful to my lovely wife, Lady Mae; for she is a virtuous woman and a wife of noble character. I am appreciative of the love and encouragement from my children and their families, as well as from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ membership.

We have a tremendous opportunity to continue the anointed work God has called us to do that will positively impact our families, churches, communities, and the world. We must continue our commitment to holy living with fasting, praying without ceasing, demonstrating compassion toward our fellow man, toiling in the vineyard, and worshiping with power. We are the salt of the earth, the light of the world; the Church that is set on a hill which will not be hidden.

Let’s continue to walk in our holy purpose. I see the Church of God in Christ in the future, and we look much better than we do right now.

I humbly ask that you give me the opportunity to continue serving as your Presiding Bishop.

 

In His service,

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Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle

Seventh in Succession

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Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr: "A Bridge to the Future."

Let’s Re-elect Our Beloved Presiding Bishop Blake!

As we commence the 109th Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, our beloved, visionary leader Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is up for re-election to the office of Presiding Bishop. He was elected to the post in 2007 by the General Assembly of the Church of God in Christ at the 101st Holy Convocation, and re-elected in 2012 for another four-year term.

Presiding Bishop Blake: loving husband to First Lady Mae L. Blake.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake is COGIC’s fifth Presiding Bishop and the seventh leader in succession. Continuing COGIC founder Charles Harrison Mason’s legacy of holiness, fervent, effectual prayer, and powerful Christ-filled ministry, Bishop Blake’s slogan, “Blake: A Bridge to the Future,” speaks to his commitment to develop a legacy of stellar leadership within the body of Christ for many generations to come.

 

BISHOP’S BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

As COGIC’s Chief Apostle and West Angeles’s Head Pastor, Bishop Blake’s message and ministry equips the whole person to be a force for good, appealing to all races and ethnic backgrounds. A man of character and integrity, Bishop Blake’s unwavering faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ directs his mission to uplift the lives of others, and to make the world a better place. The loving husband to First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, father of three and grandfather of eight is the recipient of many awards and appointments, and also has the ear and admiration of U.S. presidents past and present.

The Church of God In Christ has grown from a membership of more than 400,000 under founder Bishop Mason in 1961, to an estimated global membership of 6.5 million today. Under Presiding Bishop Blake’s leadership, the church can now be found in every state in the United States and i"I see COGIC in the future": Bishop Blake, a bridge to the future.n more than 60 nations around the world including Egypt, the Ivory Coast, and Israel. “I humbly ask,” says Bishop Blake, “that you give me the opportunity to continue to serve as your Presiding Bishop.”

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is recognized as one of the great leaders of this generation.

 

LET’S RE-ELECT OUR PRESIDING BISHOP CHARLES EDWARD BLAKE, SR.!


DID YOU KNOW?

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors designated February 5, 2004 as Bishop Charles E. Blake Day.

Many thanks to Sister DeAndra Blake for her contributions.

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The Archer's bow.

Bishop Blake: The Archer’s Bow

Sometimes affliction in your life is like an archer’s bow. The archer pulls the bow back; he pulls it further back, and further back. The archer seems as if he’s about to break it, but just before it reaches its breaking point, the archer releases the arrow, and the arrow soars farther and higher than imagination can conceive because of the stress on the bow.

The reason God is stressing you, pulling you beyond your limit, and it seems He about to break you is because, after a while, the arrow of your destiny is going to be released, and God is going to take you higher than you’ve ever gone before.

When the devil strikes you, keep on praising Him.

When the way is rough, keep on praising Him.

When the burden is heavy, keep on praising Him.

Jesus the Son of God is our example. Because he humbled Himself, God took Him higher than He’d ever gone before.

Life might crush you down, but I see you coming up! Be a “Hallelujah anyhow” person when the Lord stresses you.

Just start praising God!

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES – Philippians 2:5-11, 4:13.

 

Adapted from the sermon, “Greater Blessings for Greater Afflictions” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, 7/12/2015.  The entire sermon is available HERE, at West Angeles Gospel on Demand.

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Bishop Charles E. Blake Says #PrayforCharleston

The Church of God In Christ extends truly deep and sincere condolences to the families of the 9 innocent victims who lost their lives during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Wednesday, June 17th in Charleston, South Carolina.

We join with the millions of voices throughout the world in decrying the senseless shooting of worshippers at Mother Emanuel Church. Sadly, we are living in an increasingly perilous time.

We believe this particularly egregious hate crime to be indicative of the bitter fruit that hate always produces.

Hate crimes against the African American community are instigated by powerful voices that misinform susceptible individuals about the desperate plight of our community. Instead of honestly addressing the systemic causes, voices of ignorance and hatred attribute problems within the African American community to race. Buying into this lie justifies actions such as we witnessed in Charleston, SC last night.

The tragedy at Mother Emanuel Church is yet another wake up call to the entire African American Church, calling for effectual prayer coupled with sustained action. In this moment, our hope is that the Body of Christ will come together in unity, as never before, to address the violence, the poverty, the racism, the economic disenfranchisement and inequality that is ripping the fabric of our communities and indeed the entire nation apart.

While it is certainly difficult to comprehend such senseless acts of hate and terror, we stand in solidarity with Christians everywhere, believing that the peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, surpasses all of our understanding. May the hearts of the victims’ families be comforted by this sustaining truth alone.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.

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Overcome Negative Circumstances And Negative Emotions -  Bishop Charles E. Blake

Overcome Negative Circumstances And Negative Emotions – Bishop Charles E. Blake

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