The largest department in the COGIC is the Women's Department. Women in the COGIC have been influential in the leadership and organization of the church since its inception. The church believes that women are gifted and called to ministry; it does not, however, officially ordain women to the office of elder, pastor, or bishop. Under the direction of Bishop Mason, COGIC established a separate and unique ministry to promote the work of women in the church.
Historically, women in ministry in the COGIC are known as missionaries and are designated in two categories— Deaconess Missionary and Evangelist Missionary. These women in COGIC are licensed to teach instead of preach the gospel (as the scriptures prescribe) and may be given the oversight of local congregations on a temporal basis as stated within the COGIC doctrine. Each jurisdiction is under the leadership of a jurisditional supervisor who is assisted by a district missionary who oversees the women's ministry of the district that comprises local congregations. Lizzie Woods Robinson (1911–1945) was the first "General Mother/Supervisor" of the church. Her successor, Lillian Brooks Coffey (1945–1964) was the organizer of the 1st International Women's Convention (1951) and was most influential in organizing many of the auxiliaries, bands, and units that exist within the COGIC Women's Department today.
In fact, the Women's International Convention has been attended by as many as 20,000 delegates making it the second largest convention within COGIC. Many local congregations, foreign missions and schools were established through the leadership of women in the COGIC. The current General Supervisor of Women is Mother Willie Mae Rivers of Goose Creek, SC.
For more information about Faith Temple Women's Ministry contact the women's department president at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ministry of Helps
Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Ministry of Helps:
• Nurses Unit
• Usher Board
• Kitchen Ministry
The aim of the Purity Class has been to help keep in focus the true values of good morals, high standards of living, Christian virtue, and to discourage all forms of vile behavior that violates true Christian virtue.
The Mother's Board, is a group of senior women within the church, is appointed by the pastor for teaching and admonishing the younger women to live a lifestyle of holiness. They are women of wisdom and sobriety, faithful church members, setting an example in tithing and attending worship services.
They are women of keen insight, and have at their disposal the rich heritage of our great church that allows them to be examples of true saints of God.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5
I believe in the doctrine of this, the Church Of God In Christ, as it is interpreted by our founder, Bishop C.H. Mason, and perpetuated by the ministers of said church to be doctrines of the Holy Bible. As a Missionary, I pledge my loyalty to this church, and its doctrine pledging to teach faithfully, and no other as long as I hold its license.
I further pledge my loyalty to the leadership of this church, always holding them in honor and esteem. I also pledge my obedience, and service to the best of my ability, according to the education of the dedication of the scriptures