ORGANS AND STRUCTURE OF THE CHURCH

Gospel of God Church is a global organization with several evangelists, pastors, prophets and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). They are brought to work together harmoniously through a few organs. The principal two are the supreme councils namely “The Evangelical Council” known as Petros, and “The Coordinating Council” called Jacob but popularly known as Jeep – in Nairobi and Harare respectively. The council of Peter was the founder’s council or cabinet.
Jeep was formed to coordinate the churches in Southern Africa, to harmonize standards such as regulations and teachings jurisdiction includes most of the countries south of Zambia. The council of Jeep comprises of seven elders.

Apart from these two organs, another key pillar of the church is the House of Covenant or collectively the institution of Church Sisters (or nuns). In fact, Jeep was created to facilitate the upkeep of church sisters through the Council of Peter (Dare re Petros) – and to support it in evangelical work around the globe – usually called mativimana (or “four corners” in Shona). The institution of the sisters is the Ark of the Seventh Covenant. This will be explained systematically.

Both of the two supreme councils coordinate Churches within their jurisdictions directly. This means they coordinate the local branches in their home countries in Kenya and in Zimbabwe. They also coordinate countries beyond their national boundaries. Beyond national borders they are able to carry out coordination with the help of a senior pastor.

What has not been said so far is that all these councils have male members and the question can therefore be asked: “Where are the female members of the church placed?” Broadly we can divide them into two categories – those who are sisters in the House of Covenant and the bigger number who are outside in their respective households. Either way, there are a good number of female prophets in and outside the convent. They speak through inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They can be sent by God to address the councils, the congregation in general, or individuals.

This is not unique to this church for the Bible has several examples of such women – including Elizabeth (Luke 1:42), Hannah (Luke 2:36-38) Deborah and Miriam. The Evangelist Philip alone had four daughters serving as prophets (Acts 21:9). Their works - especially when they speak, or appear to speak, are understood to be words of the Holy Spirit, like any other prophet. Therefore it should be clear to the keen Bible reader conversant with regard to the teachings of Paul about women speaking in church (1 Corinthians 43:33-36, 1 Timothy 2:11-15). Any prophet prophesying or teaching is treated as a vessel of the Holy Spirit. In addition women in the church belong to welfare councils working at branch level and country level where they carry out the noble task of doing projects and other activities like the rest.