Thought on the 2014 General Council: For me the most troubling item on the General Council agenda was one which attempted to divide the Supplement to the Minutes into two sections, one of which would become an “Operations Manual.” I believe a dear friend of mine who I greatly respect largely wrote this item, but I strongly disagree with him on this matter. If passed, the item would have placed the sections dealing with “State Government,” “Local Church Government,” and “Personnel” in an operations manual. The argument included a description of these items as managerial and not doctrinal in nature. Items such as the Bylaws and General Church Government would remain in the Supplement to the Minutes and continue to require General Assembly action to revise. The Items in the Operations Manual would be overseen by the Executive Council, which would be authorized to amend as needed. Should they determine a revision would significantly alter Church of God polity they would submit it to the Ordained Bishops for approval through online and snail-mail voting.