Isn’t that typical for independent churches, though? Meaning, a church founded by the sitting senior pastor. He appoints the elders, deacons, assistant pastors, etc. How “democratic” is a church like that? I realize that the group moderator keeps hitting on these issues, but the independent churches I have personal information about, operate like the above. Locally (Richmond area) that would include Faith Landmarks, House of Prayer, Hosanna Victory Church, and Joy Fellowship. If the pastor was “fired”, that would basically dissolve the church. These 4 senior pastors also have a man outside their congregation that they look to as -their- pastor (as does G with the guy in Indiana).
I’m not sure that type of church government is the problem, though. While I have heard a few complaints from former members of those 4 other churches, I can’t say that there has been any major controversy or scandal in the history of those churches, at least nothing remotely like with the ROC. A search of this forum's archives reveals no complaints about those 4 other churches.
While there are some accountability issues with the independent church type of government, there are a whole different set of issues with a denominational church, mainly if that church has had more than one pastor, it has a history, and I could list some local denominational churches that have a fine current pastor but have a rather troubled past history, and at least some of that past history is still having impacts currently. As I pointed out before, some denominations have a presbytery that appoints the pastor, and only that body can “fire” the pastor, and it is a slow and complex process.
Then again, some people have gotten tired of dealing with the institutional church, period … and now participate in home fellowship meetings.
There are some denominations where the local church can't fire the pastor, and these denominations are not cults.
The pastor is installed by a diocese or presbytery, and only that body can fire the pastor, and it is a lengthy and complicated process.
I can think of at least three -- Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Church of God.
You have said repeatedly that you know where the money goes in ROC.
How is that?
Is there an annually published financial report that discloses in detail all salaries, compensation and expenses paid out from church funds?
You also didn't define how Pastor G is accountable through the bylaws of the church.
Is there a democratically elected board that can fire him? If so, how often do members run for election and how are those elections held?