Our History

The Church

of God

Anderson, Indiana

With Midwestern roots traced back to 1881, the Church of God movement has grown into a global force for good with resolve to introduce the world to Jesus while calling Christians everywhere to come together in love to live like Jesus.

Since 1891, when the movement’s first missionary was sent to Mexico, the Church of God has continued to grow into a multinational community of faith. Average weekend attendance in the congregations of the United States and Canada totals approximately 230,000. There are approximately 2,100 congregations in the United States and Canada. Globally, the movement has work in eighty-nine countries and territories representing more than 7,800 churches and 887,000 believers.

In 1996 and 1997, the General Assembly initiated a restructuring of the work of the national ministries of the Church of God in North America. The result was the formation of Church of God Ministries, Inc. Priorities for the work of this organization are identified by representatives selected from the grassroots church. As the Church of God begins each new chapter in its history, Jesus remains the subject, and the dynamic story of the Church of God continues to unfold.


Visit Warner Press for resources on the history of the Church of God movement. Two helpful titles include the following:

The Quest for
Holiness and Unity

by Merle D. Strege

A Brief History of the Church of God Reformation Movement

by John W. V. Smith

No other name has caused more controversy, carried more weight, or changed the world more significantly.

No other name has caused more controversy, carried more weight, or changed the world more significantly.


From the dawn of creation to the present day, the name of Jesus has been reflected in creation, unearthed in archeology, discussed in literature, debated in politics, uttered in profane repetition, and worshiped by the multitudes. Throughout the holy Scriptures—from beginning to end—Jesus is the overarching theme. Everything points to Jesus, the Word made flesh.


The church is not the subject.
Our doctrine is not the subject.
The way we dress is not the subject.
Our music style is not the subject.
The name above the church door is not the subject.

Who is Jesus?    

A conservative estimate of over 300 prophesies are fulfilled in the Person of Jesus and the biblical accounts of his life and ministry. His teaching, confirmed by his miraculous works and affirmed by disciples down through the ages, reveals Jesus as Lord of the universe and the hope of the world.

All things in this world and beyond “were created through him and for him

(Colossians 1:16)

Jesus invites everyone, everywhere to follow him. To be with him by faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit. To become like him. To see people as he saw them—reflections of the image of God. Then, to do what Jesus did.

Everywhere Jesus walked, lives were changed forever.
Jesus never left anyone in the same place he found them. People may reject him, may turn away from him, but once you meet Jesus, you cannot be the same.

Savior, Redeemer, Healer, Friend.
Jesus is known to his followers by these characteristics and many, many more.

Far more than a mere historical figure, the living Jesus is the “radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being

(Hebrews 1:3)

Would you like to be with this incredible Jesus?

1. Recognize...

that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

(Romans 3:23).

2. Understand...

that the consequence of sin is death, but God’s gift through Jesus Christ is eternal life

(Romans 6:23).

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved

(Romans 10:9 niv).

3. Pray...

simply talk with God! Ask him to forgive your sins

(1 John 1:9),

thank him for his sacrifice, and accept his gift to you. He’ll hear you, and you’ll begin a brand-new life today

(2 Corinthians 5:17).

So what’s next?    

You’re now a part of the family of God! With spiritual sisters and brothers in Christ, you’ll learn more about Jesus, strengthen your faith, and do what Jesus did

(John 14:12)

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