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Election Series Review: General Board Candidate George McKinney

Bishop George McKinney is a 2012 candidate for the Church of God in Christ General Board. He was first elected to the Board in 2001 and has been consistently re-elected since that time.

A well known defender of traditional marriage, McKinney’s publicly vocal opposition to numerous issues such as homosexual marriage and abortion distinguishes him from other COGIC bishops who generally are either silent or take  passive, disengaged positions.  Additionally, his persistently stellar labor to transform inner city culture is admirable. He made news and history last year when he ordained a former Klan Imperial Wizard into the COGIC. McKinney seems to shy away from the typical title mongering that occurs among the COGIC’s ecclesiastical ladder climbers. His bio lists no long resume of church appointments, which may indirectly speak to his disdain for such encumbering culture.

In April of this year, McKinney slammed a white homosexual reporter at MSNBC for “disrespecting” the black church’s position on homosexual marriage and attempting to equate race with so called “sexual orientation”.

Even more recently, McKinney as a executive member of the National Black Evangelical Association weighed in on the unjust firing of Dr. Jamal Hopkins, a professor at Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center. Hopkins was the target of homosexual activists at the consortium where COGIC also has a flagship seminary.

Such public boldness is a desirable trait COGIC deserves at its helm. The church’s current leadership is woefully lacking in the type of bold leadership needed to navigate and inspire the church in this season.

Still, McKinney is not without his faults. As vocal as he is on these issues, he has made no public rebukes, statements or writings on the massive outbreak of sexual immorality and the sexual abuse of women and children in his denomination. As a noted marriage, family and child counselor and author, McKinney’s voice is needed to rebuff the culture of silence in COGIC leadership. Although there’s no current evidence McKinney was directly involved, his former Administrative Assistant Donald K. Barrett is being sued by two California women who claim he  financially, physically and sexually abused them. Its not known if Barrett was allowed to leave or was asked to leave Southern California 2nd jurisdiction,but at some point he fled to Arizona.

Bishop McKinney did not respond to our General Board Election questionnaire which would have given him a greater opportunity to address real issues facing the church he seeks to lead.

Current popular vote leader:  8.96%  (1,804 votes)

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