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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

About the Church of God (Anderson, IN)

Date Founded:  1881

Membership/Number of Clergy:  230,000/3,493 as of 2016

Headquarters:  Church of God Ministries, PO Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46018

Schools & Seminaries:  Anderson University, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, Warner University

Publications:  People to People, CHOG News

Website:  http://www.chog.org

Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Core Beliefs: 

  • Salvation makes us members of God’s church. We believe that the church is composed of every person who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior. We enter into the life of the church, not by joining a denomination or a human organization, but by committing our lives to Christ (John 3:1–7).
  • Christians are called to be one. We believe that God calls all followers of Christ to live in unity and peace, regardless of who they are or the church they attend (Gal 3:28). While we may not agree on everything, we can rally around our subject, Jesus.
  • We must be holy. We believe that followers of Christ have been called to live a life of love, purity, and godliness. We are called to live like Christ, taking on a new nature (2 Cor 5:17).

Short History:  The Church of God began as a movement of Christian unity, rejecting denominations and specific creeds and trusting in the Bible as the guide and the Holy Spirit as the overseer.  Strongly influenced by Wesleyan theology and Pietism, adherents emphasize conversion, holiness, and attention to the Bible.

Local Churches:  There are 5 churches in Louisville and 4 in southern Indiana.  There is one Spanish-language church that shares a building with an English-language church.  Closest to campus is Poplar Level Church of God, 3685 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY  40213. The church finder is http://www.jesusisthesubject.org/church-finder/.

Symbol of the Church of God (Anderson, IN)

Church of God (Anderson, IN) symbol