Everyone’s talking about The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, an incredible, unrivaled impartation of anointed wisdom, history, and information on the establishment of one of the most successful churches in the United States today.
On Day Two of The Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake got right to business as the first speaker of the day.
After lively praise and worship led by Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and members of the Cathedral Chorale, opening statements by Dr. Michael Golden, and prayer led by General Board member Bishop Lawrence Wooten, Bishop Blake began a series on 12 key points he employed in establishing West Angeles Church of God In Christ as a successful ministry. Bishop then devoted the next segment of the morning session to the importance of evangelism.
“Under the worst possible conditions, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Go out and catch fish,’” said Bishop Blake, referring to current statistics which reveal a decline in faith and church attendance in the Millennial Generation. “Edify. Build up believers.”
Bishop Blake spoke in length about the Millennials, the generation born between the 1980s and the 2000s.
“Your Millennials are the future of your church,” said Bishop, while acknowledging that they are an “anti-church” generation. “Forty-one percecnt of Millennials in the UK (for example) believe that religion is an evil thing.”
Bishop Blake then called upon COGIC’s International Youth and Young Adult President, Dr. Ben Stephens, who delivered poignant, timely insights into reaching this demographic.
A highlight of the afternoon session of the Legacy Conference included an invaluable panel discussion/Q&A with key officers within the COGIC and West Angeles. Panelists included:
- COGIC’s Minister of Music/President, International Music Department Dr. Judith Christie McAlister
- CFO Tyrone Potts
- Chief Legal Counsel Elder Uleses Henderson
- President of COGIC Urban Initiatives, Inc. Bishop Edwin Bass
- Chairman of the COGIC Publishing House Pastor Marc Ellis
- West Angeles Church of God In Christ COO Gladys Ross
Topics covered included counseling and education, music ministry, church finance and infrastructure, and risk management.
The conference concluded with the powerful Elijah & Elisha Experience Prayer of Anointing and Communion Ceremony, bestowing the blessings of the Elders to the younger pastors, who in turn anointed the rest of the Legacy Conference attendees.
“I charge you now,” said Bishop Blake to the audience, “step into that which fulfills your destiny in God.”
Highlights from Day Two of the Bishop C.E. Blake Legacy Conference follow:
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on the 12 key decisions he employed in establishing the ministry of West Angeles:
- “Serve and know God.”
- “Be a man of moral and spiritual integrity.”
- “Love God with all your heart.”
- “Strive for excellence.”
- “Treat the church as a business.”
- “Limit your income.”
- “Share ministry with others.”
- “Invest in growth and in staff.”
- “I invested in the music ministry.”
- “I crossed denominational borders.”
- “Become known in the community. Know your politicians.”
- “Test the limits…The church exists for the glory of God.”
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on evangelism:
“As soon as we forget the importance of evangelism, we’re destined to die.”
“If you win souls to Jesus Christ, you’ll have all the money you need to do the work of the Lord.”
“People want to feel welcome. If you have people coming to your church but no one ever embraces them, they’re going to find someplace else to go.”
“I know you might be tired…you’ve been working hard and not getting the results you want. But do something different from what you’re doing right now.”
“They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength; they will mount up on wings of eagles!”
“Jesus knew what to do to catch fish…If we’re gonna hang with Jesus, we need to get some strong nets!”
“You don’t need gimmicks. Just preach the Word of God.”
Bishop Elijah Hankerson, President, COGIC International Department of Evangelism, on the 5 key aspects of growing a church through evangelism:
“Expectation, documentation, communication, demonstration, evangelization.”
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on music ministry:
”I believe that West Angeles played a role in transforming the music of the church.”
“The professional singer stole singing from the people…I decided it was time to give singing back to the people.”
“Let us have some music that people can sing all week long!”
Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. on establishing the proper church foundation:
“Set the environment of your church. Exemplify moral excellence. Promote spiritual development.”
“Mark 7:13 – Examine your traditions. Some of them might be driving folks away.”
“Jesus broke tradition.”
“Let’s approach our services as if we’re on television…counterproductive traditions must be discarded.”
“Give your people something to do. People need to feel involved in the life of the church.”
“Provide training. We have classes on Practical Christian Living and Spiritual Gifts.”
“People will reach up, but they won’t reach down. Don’t ever dumb down your ministry.”
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Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. is the author of “Encountering God” and “Free to Dream: Discovering Your Divine Destiny”. Contact the West Angeles Christian Emporium 3021 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Phone: (323) 731-3012.