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Elder’s Corner: Elder Potts Honors Bishop Blake’s 47 Years of Service

COGIC CFO Tyrone Potts takes a moment to survey America’s current fluctuating labor trends, while giving thanks for a Presiding Bishop’s five decades-long ministry tempered with consistency, resilience, and wisdom.

As an accountant, I tend to be fascinated by numbers, trends, and statistics. Recently, I read a few statistics revealed by the U.S. Department of Labor which you may find interesting, too:

  • The average American’s work life spans 40-45 years
  • Most older adults will have changed jobs at least 5-7 times
  • The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.6 years [1]
  • The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11.7 jobs [2]
  • Younger Americans, also known as “Millennials,” (born 1981-96) may have 15 – 20 jobs over the course of their working lives 
  • Because we are now in the Technological Age, many will now change jobs in less than every 3 years [1]

Americans are changing jobs so often for reasons such as job frustration,  job dissatisfaction termination, promotion, pursuit of life’s calling, or flat out boredom and in desperate need of change. There’s nothing inherently wrong with changing jobs, however. In fact, some job changes are ordained by God.

“CAREER CHANGES” IN THE BIBLE

There are several notable career changes in the Bible. For example:

  1. In the Old Testament in 2 Samuel 5, David, a shepherd boy, tended sheep for many years before God promoted him to King of Israel.
  2. In the New Testament, the Apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen (Matthew 4:18-22);
  3. Evangelist Luke was a physician (Colossians 4:14);
  4. The Apostle Paul was a tentmaker (Acts 18:1-3);
  5. The Apostle Matthew was a tax collector (Matthew 9:9-13),

These job changes all happened long before these figures were called to full-time ministry.

Although it’s quite common to move from one job or career to another during a lifetime, can you imagine what West Angeles would be like today if we followed today’s career trends? Can you imagine if every 5-7 years we had to search for a new pastor? That means over the last 47 years, West Angeles could have changed pastors between 6-10 times!

Thank God that West Angeles Church of God In Christ has had 47 years of the consistency and vision of one mighty man of God: Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

THANK YOU, BISHOP BLAKE

Today, job dissatisfaction has not escaped the world of ministry. Churches are shutting their doors every week. Men of God are discouraged, making the decision to walk away from ministry. But thank the Lord our God we have a Bishop who didn’t walk away from the church.  

Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. has diligently and steadfastly served West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the West Angeles community, the national church, and the world at large for over 47 years. From the beginning, Bishop Blake and his family endured many hardships during their tenure of service to West Angeles. They’ve withstood a church split, court battles and threats of bodily harm. He mortgaged their home more than once to help keep West Angeles afloat. He underwent major surgery without complaining or quitting on the church. Even recently, he has endured attempts to assassinate his impeccable character. Yet through it all, he has continued to represent us with grace and dignity, and to preach the uncompromising gospel. What an incredible testimony of faith and faithfulness!

With all of the preaching, teaching, and conducting the affairs of multiple corporations, I can’t imagine his job could ever be boring in any way. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our pastor for his 47 years of service, and for his faithfulness in  ministry. In today’s world, it is uncommon for a person to stay at one job their entire adult life. But West Angeles has a rare and precious gift in Bishop Blake which we should not take for granted.

Please join me in thanks and prayer for our pastor, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.:

Heavenly Father, as your church, we come before you today to honor your servant, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. Thank you for granting him vision, wisdom, health and longevity, and we pray that You continue to bless and protect him as he executes Your will for Your church.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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Elder Tyrone Potts, CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of the Church of God In Christ, Inc. After obtaining a BA from Georgetown University, Tyrone worked for one of the top five accounting firms in the world and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant. He was saved, baptized and joined West Angeles COGIC in 1992. He acknowledged the call to ministry in 1999, was licensed in 2001 and ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in 2010. He is the author of several books including the “Escape from Debtors’ Prison” series, which he co-authored with his wife, Evangelist Rachelle Potts, a former stockbroker. Together they have traveled the nation teaching financial workshops for churches and other community groups.

 

[1] “Median Employee Tenure,” US Department of Labor.

http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140925.htm. Accessed 1/25/2016.

[2] “Number of Jobs Held,” US Department of Labor. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/nlsoy.pdf. Accessed 1/26/2016.