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Election Series Review: General Board Candidate Lawrence Wooten

Bishop Lawrence Wooten is a 2012 candidate for the Church of God in Christ General Board. Wooten is part of a small group of bishops  making a second run for the denomination’s top office. Wooten’s platform is made up of intangible qualifiers he identifies with an acronym spelling FAITH: Faithful, Accessible, Integrity, Trustworthy, Holy. This, he says on his campaign website, will “add to the value of the general board”.

Using a political strategy which emerged to elect a Wisconsin bishop in 2008, Wooten formed the Midwest Alliance and held a rally to elect him. The purpose of the MA according to a flier [slow download] was to increase  Midwest representation on the General Board. The Board has been dominated by bishops from California,  Tennessee, New York and Michigan.  A significant proCalifornia voting bloc is firmly entrenched in the general assembly. Consequently, without widespread popularity, that could hurt chances of any Wooten election. Much of the voting power of the church’s general assembly would be concentrated in California due to the  greater number of jurisdictions and the wealth of West Angeles church.

As a member of the General Board, Bishop Wooten said he would “suggest” implementation of a retirement program for pastors. Its unclear whether such an idea has already been proposed in COGIC or whether it would work.

He also proposes  a “system to help young, new struggling pastors with reports”. Perhaps this is a good idea, but wouldnt a better idea be to decrease first year assessments for first year pastors (not just young ones) and then incrementally increase their assessment based on church growth statistics?

His third point was to introduce ideas to enhance the financial stability of the church. Considering the increasing costs of sexual abuse cases the church has been burdened with, enhancing its financial stability is a great idea.

Bishop Wooten 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:  1.21%  (268 votes)

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