Just weeks after Bishop Neil C. Ellis announced that he was leaving the Full Gospel Fellowship, he has began to flourish in a new fellowship recently created called “Global United Fellowship” or G.U.F.
The Bahamian preacher was unanimously elected as the head of the new fellowship which now features 80 local and international churches.
Ellis left Full Gospel Fellowship this Summer when Bishop Paul S. Morton decided to elect Bishop Joseph Walker III, as his successor when he retires in 2015. A position that many feel Bishop Neil Ellis was over-looked for because of his location outside of the United States. Located in the Bahamas, 18 Bahamian churches quickly withdrew their membership from the Full Gospel Fellowship and looked for new leadership.
As news outlets called it a split, Bishop Paul Morton was quick to address the issue with a letter stating that his fellowship is not split. Just weeks after that letter it is clear that the once prominent Full Gospel Fellowship is indeed split.
This could be the most significant split since members of the Baptist church split to form the Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.) around 1890. This split happened as a result of sanctification differences in theology, but the formation of this new fellowship could be just as significant to the body of Christ nearly one hundred years later.
Did Bishop Paul Morton lack vision to think internationally?
The Executive Secretary of G.U.F. stated, âThe launch event is shaping up to be a major installation service that will attract more than 200 delegates from at least five different countries including: South Africa, Europe and Canada.â
Mega-Church Pastors are now speaking out about the new G.U.F. fellowship, and its Presiding Bishop, Neil C. Ellis.
âBishop Neil C. Ellis has not come to this place in a vacuum but after many years of faithful service, study and prayerful contemplation. He has called together a group of pastors to form yet another fellowship. The question arises, âWhy, another fellowship? Why another movement? Why another organization?â Iâve learned that God, throughout the history of man, always starts afresh with a tender heart and brighter understanding of his ways and wonders. The Church of Jesus Christ has evolved many times since its founder declared that he would âbuild his churchâ. The very word build suggests a continuum of structures and each new action adds another layer, floor and brick to the great âkingdom buildingâ. And so, Bishop Ellis and the G.U.F. come from several Communions in Christ to form a latter day fellowship that resembles the ancient church but takes on its proper modernity. Until the whole world is reached and the Savior returns â there is always room for one more thought and one more move of God.â â Bishop J. Delano Ellis, Metropolitan, The Joint College of Bishops.â
Bishop Walter Thomas, renowned teacher, preacher and Bible scholar said regarding his friend, âBishop Neil C. Ellis is a leader well respected in the international community. It will be a tremendous blessing to the Body of Christ as he takes leadership of G.U.F. and guides them into Kingdom responsibility.â
âGlobal United Fellowship is an end time manifestation of new wine in new wine skins. Bishop Neil Ellis brings a fresh anointing of creative leadership and spirit-filled discipleship development for such a time as this.â â Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, Presiding Bishop of Macedonia International Bible Fellowship.
A Service of Episcopal Institution and Inauguration will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in the Grand Ball Room at The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island with Archbishop J. Delano Ellis as Chief Celebrant. Con-Celebrants are Archbishop Alfred Owens and Presiding Bishop Kenneth Ulmer.
Keep your eye on this new fellowship, and may they continue to save souls through Jesus Christ.
About Bishop Ellis: The Pastor of Mount Tabor Church and is one of the fastest growing churches in The Bahamas with a membership of several thousand. Bishop Ellis was inducted onto the Martin Luther Kingâs Walk of Fame in Atlanta alongside Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Rosa Parks, Sidney Poitier, and Nelson Mandela. Bishop Ellisâ other honors include: Civil Societyâs âLiving Legendâ in The Bahamas Award, the CMG (an award issued by Queen Elizabeth II), and many more. Ellis is married to Lady Patrice Ellis and they have two beautiful children, Renechea and Johnathan Ellis.