We are PLEASED to announce our new partnership with the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) Urban Initiatives where B.O.S.S. presented two (2) break-out sessions during the 107th Annual Convocation.


The Vision/ Mission of 
COGIC Urban Initiatives


The VISION of COGIC Urban Initiatives
The vision of COGIC Urban Initiatives is to build healthy individuals, families and communities for a successful future.

The Message Behind the Vision

COGIC Urban Initiatives is the vision of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake birthed out of his deep concern about poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the black man and the breakdown of the family that plagues our cities, small and large, urban and rural.

COGIC Urban Initiatives will assist our 12,000 churches within the United States by making available to them programs like B.O.S.S. that address:

  • Education (Access, Excellence and Equity)
  • Economic Development (JOB Training and Job Creation)
  • Crime Prevention (Reduction, Prevention and Rehabilitation)
  • Family Life (Developing Healthy Men, Women and Children)
  • Financial Literacy (Earning, Saving, INVESTING, and Spending Wisely)

Attacking the problem from these interrelated perspectives simultaneously will maximize the likelihood of success.

COGIC Urban Initiatives will provide all churches, regardless of size or location, with encouragement, inspiration, information, consultation and programs to achieve real and measurable change.

The bishop’s goal is to have one program for each initiative in place at each church. That’s 60,000 programs.


The Mission of COGIC Urban Initiatives is to empower the local church to implement programs that address Education, Economic Development, Crime, Family and Financial Literacy. Those programs will result in measurable improvement in the quality of life for individuals, families and communities served by the Church of God in Christ.  We will do this by identifying and replicating best practices from our churches as well as external resources, and making them easily available to all churches utilizing technology and other resources.

Bishop Edwin Bass is especially energized by the opportunity to serve as President of Urban Initiatives because he is dedicated to building the Kingdom of God through the Church that he has cherished and participated in for a lifetime. In his words, “This is an opportunity to bring a lifetime of learning and experience to bear on behalf of the Church I love and under the direction of an awesome, visionary leader, Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.”

Those who know Pastor Bass well can attest to his intellectual and leadership competencies, but they are more profoundly impressed by his deep sense of loyalty, integrity, humility and fervor for the things of God.