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BISHOP CHARLES E. BLAKE – WINS COGIC ELECTION BY A LANDSLIDE!!!
Congratulations to Bishop Charles E. Blake who was voted by his denomination the Church of God In Christ as their new presiding bishop. In this the 100th year of the organizations existence in ministry, the church held an election this month during it’s 100th Holy Convocation which convenes annually in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. This was a celebration like no other and over 50,000 saints were in attendance as the church reflected on the past and recoginzed the present, and projected and embraced the future. Earlier this year the church’s then prelate Bishop Gilber Earl Patterson past away, and Bishop Charles Blake who was the 1st Administrative assistant became the presiding Bishop by proxy. However, after this weeks election it became official as Bishop Charles Blake won the election by a landslide of votes. The Exact count after the votes were tallied was Bishop Chandler Owens, 486 vote, Bishop Winbush 37 votes, Bishop Haynes 241 votes and Bishop Charles Blake, 2986 votes.
From 1907 to 2007 the Church of
God in Christ is officially 100 years old and better than ever. This month the COGIC church celebrates 100 years of ministry at their 100th Holy Convocation which convenes this week in the city of Memphis, TN the Mecca of the denomination. Seeing close to 70,000 people this week, Memphis is set to be on fire throughout the convocation week as the saints call Memphis home for a week. Many, artists and well known preachers, and evangelists will be on hand to help celebrate with Bishop Charles E. Blake and the Church of God In Christ. The Convocation is set to be televised this week online via webcast by going to the COGIC web site and clicking the link for the live streaming media.
It is soo very hard to losse sight of what is most important. There are so many things that are competing for our attention these days. From keeping up with the latest fashions, trends, and hobbies, health concerns, children, careers, church work, maintaining our homes, cars, friendships and keeping up with American Idol eliminations. It can be a challenge to keep this all in balance and to insure that you don’t collapse at the same time. The most important thing to remember is that in all you do you must remember to keep the main thing at the top. It’s all about perspective. Our relationship with Godis of most importance, for He give light to what should and how each is to be managed in what way. Your health is definitely important and must come next. If there is no you then what. Family is really after this becuase before any career or and outside work, charity begins at home. All this is followed by our Careers, and church work. A balanced life is what we’re looking for here, and keeping it all in perspective, will cause real balance to manifest. God Bless!
A man of vision, a leader of passion, a spiritual giant, a compassionate servant. He is , and he was a living legacy who’s life was read of men. We dedicate this week to the life and servanthood of such a great preacher and teacher Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson. We shall never forget his faithful service to the people of God and his dedication to the COGIC. He is in the arms of the Lord and forevermore shall be at rest. Sleep on Man of God, we’ll see you in the morning. Take time and visit often to hear, and watch the many messages of our beloved friend and Pastor Bishop G.E. Patterson. Many videos, and sermons can be found on this site which is dedicated to his life by clicking the link. bishopgepattersonlive.com
Bishop Charles E. Blake is known as a man of character, integrity, and wisdom. Born August 5, 1940 in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Bishop Blake is the son of the late Bishop J.A. Blake and Mrs. Lula Champion Blake. Licensed in 1959 and Ordained in 1962, he received his B.A. from California Western University (now known as United States International University), and his Master of Divinity degree from Interdenominational Theological Center in 1965. Bishop Blake obtained his Doctorate of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology in 1982, and is an Honorary Doctorate recipient of Oral Roberts University.
Because he is a man with a God-given mission for ministering to the whole man; sprit, mind, and body, West Angeles Church of God In Christ, the largest African American church in the western United States, has set a new standard for ministry to the Christian and to the world. As pastor of West Angeles Church for 30 years, Bishop Blake; recipient of the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, the Greenlining Institutes’ Big Heart Award, and the Los Angeles Urban League’s Whitney M. Young, Jr. award, has overseen West Angeles’ growth from a 50 member church in 1969 to a membership of over 19,000 today, making it one of the fastest growing congregations in the world. With annual revenues over $12 million, West Angeles serves as a significant economic stimulus to the community of South Los Angeles. The church employs over 125 employees, and coordinates a force of over 1000 volunteers to serve the congregation and community through over 80 specialized ministries. Along with his Co-Chairs Magic Johnson and Denzel Washington, Bishop Blake supervises the West Angeles Cathedral Fund, to provide for the West Angeles Cathedral, a 60-million dollar building project estimated to have an economic impact of $100 million on the community of South Los Angeles. West Angeles offers more than 80 specialized ministries, programs, and support groups to assist and empower the community.
Bishop Charles E. Blake is the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, and also a member of the 12-member General Board, the presiding board of the 2.2 million member Church of God in Christ denomination. Since 1985, he has been the Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Southern California, which owns and maintains Bonnie Brae House where the Pentecostal Revival later called the Azusa Revival began, and Transition House, the 15-bed substance abuse recovery facility for men. As prelate, he oversees approximately 250 churches that comprise the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California
He is an Advisory Committee Member of the Pentecostal World Conference and the founder and Co-chair of the Los Angeles Ecumenical Congress, an interdenominational coalition of Religious Leaders and Pastors dedicated to the re-establishment of African-American Christian Leadership in the city of Los Angeles. Armed with a spiritual and moral agenda, the LAEC seeks to effectively utilize its collective influence among community and political leadership to benefit Los Angeles residents, and to respond to the challenges and issues that face the Los Angeles community.
Bishop Blake is married to Mae Lawrence Blake. They are the parents of 3 children and the grandparents of two grandchildren. Bishop Blake is a respected and dynamic preacher, a world class leader, a visionary, and a beloved friend and mentor to many. He is internationally recognized as one of America’s most profound intellectual minds. He is an extraordinary man of God.
“This is the Church of God In Christ, This is the Church of God In Christ, We are anointed, by God appointed, this is the Church of God In Christ.” I love the Church of God in Christ, I love the Church of God In Christ, Oh you can’t join in, you have to be born in, This is the Church of God In Christ“!
Thank God for men and women of the Church of God In Christ who dared to put their trust in the Lord. Lest we forget the past and fail to embrace the future, we must remember that we are recipients benefiting daily from a great legacy left and being lived out before us by such leaders as the late Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson, and our presiding prelate Bishop Charles E. Blake. This church, the grand old Church of God In Christ possess a history and presence rich with great pastors, preachers, teachers, prophets, evangelists, and missionaries who were led of God and saw great exploits in their time. We are challenged in this hour to go higher, deeper, and stand taller.
You’re so close to your breakthrough that the light is starting to shine through. It’s normally at the time it seems darkest and you feel the weakest that we lose sight of the promise of our soon coming change and deliverance from the prevailing storm. Take courage because the darkness provides a platform and introduction for the brightness of the sun. It is coming and you will be freed from the terror by night. Don’t let the lack of light cause you too lose faith in the everelasting covenant of the Father. “God is not a man that He should Lie……If He said it, will He not do it?” It shall , it will, it must come to pass!