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Denominations - Protestant

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

About the Church of God (Cleveland, TN)

Date Founded:  1886

Membership/Number of Clergy:  1,074,047/17,420 as of 2010.

Headquarters:  2490 Keith St., NW, Cleveland, TN  37320

Schools & Seminaries:  Lee University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary

Publications:  Engage:  A Journal for Church of God Leaders


Social Media:  Facebook, Twitter, Google+

Core Beliefs: "First and foremost, the Church of God is a determinedly Christian church. It is built upon the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The doctrines and practices of the church are based upon His teachings." "The denomination stands firmly for justification by faith, the priesthood of believers, the authority of the Bible, religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. It stands against abuses and extravagance of ecclesiastical ritualism and dogmatism."

The Church of God subscribes to the following five foundational Christian doctrines:

  1. The inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible.
  2. The virgin birth and complete deity of Christ.
  3. The atoning sacrifice of Christ's death for the sins of the world.
  4. The literal resurrection of the body.
  5. Christ's second coming in bodily form to earth. 

"The principle distinctive of the Church of God as a Pentecostal organization is its belief in speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance and that this is the initial evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit."

Short History:  Founded as the Christian Union during the holiness revival of the late 1800s.  Name changed to Church of God in 1907. 

Local Churches:  There are a number of churches in the Louisville area.  Most are in the outer suburbs.  The closest church to campus is New Covenant, 1272 Gilmore Lane, Louisville, KY, 40213.  Use the church finder to locate another church.

Symbol of the Church of God (Cleveland, TN)

Church of God (Cleveland, TN) symbol