Bishop J. Drew Sheard is a third generation pastor. His grandfather, O.S. Sheard planted the first COGIC church in Lexington, MS and served as a pastor for more than 30 years. His father, Bishop John Henry Sheard has pastored Greater Mitchell Temple COGIC in Detroit, MI since 1982 and is a leader of leaders who currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Bishops.
For the last 25 years, Bishop J. Drew Sheard has pastored, presently at Detroit\’s thriving Greater Immanuel Institutional COGIC. He also is Chairman of COGIC\’s AIM Convention, which attracts more than 15,000 people each year to its five-in-one conference for Evangelism, Missions, Music, Sunday School and Youth.
This November, Bishop Sheard hopes to be elected to the COGIC General Board. He is one of 23 candidates vying for 12 seats on COGIC\’s ecclesiastical leadership board. Gospel Today recently asked him about why he aspires to serve COGIC in thatÂ capacity. Check out his response:
Bishop J. Drew Sheard:
The Church of God in Christ has been my church since my birth and I love the Church of God in Christ. I\’ve studied the leaders of the church and I have been very attentive to the leadership of the church. There were some things in the Church of God in Christ that I believe need to be fine tuned. There are some things that need to be eliminated. Then there are some things that I think we need to bring in to augment our ministry.
Thank God, through my experience as the National Youth Leader of the church, we were able to come up with some innovative ideas that really revolutionized Youth Ministry.Â I served a term as Youth President. Then I was afford the opportunity to serve for the past 8 years as AIM Chairman and we revolutionized ministry as far as what we do in the Church of God in Christ.
I believe that there are some more things that I can bring to the table that will revolutionize the Church of God in Christ while staying true to the core of what we have. One of the things I want to continue, is to make the family the cornerstone of the Church of God in Christ.
Secondly, it is important that when we have these positions that we\’re deal with integrity. There is so much bad print and internet stuff out there that has messed up Â the image of a minister, of a gospel singer, of a family that believes in living the life. People see you and they don\’t really know who you are.
I believe that my family has fought to maintain our integrity. I\’m not saying that we are perfect but we\’ve maintained our integrity and I hope that those voting would give me an opportunity to say, “Hey, here\’s an example of what we should be as church.” I realized that if I am elected to the General Board I will become a part of a team and I believe in the team concept, but I also believe in standing up for what I believe is right. I\’m not going in to fight. I think that we have an excellent leader in Bishop Charles Blake. I support him and would never do anything to hurt him but I think that I can help him to move the church in the direction that we\’re trying to go in and also bring some innovative ideas that can assist the church.
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