Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)

P.O. Box 2420
Anderson, IN 46018-2420
United States


Media Contact
David Farlow, Chief of Strategic Communications

40.1000294, -85.7122659


The Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) began in 1881 when Daniel S. Warner and several associates felt constrained to forsake all denominational hierarchies as formal creeds, trusting solely in the Holy Spirit as their overseer and the Bible as their statement of belief.

These people saw themselves at the forefront of a movement to restore unity and holiness to the church, not to establish another denomination, but to promote primary allegiance to Jesus Christ so as to transcend denominational loyalties.

Deeply influenced by Wesleyan theology and Pietism, the Church of God has emphasized conversion, holiness and attention to the Bible. Worship services tend to be informal, accentuating expository preaching and robust singing. There is no formal membership. Persons are assumed to be members on the basis of witness to a conversion experience and evidence that supports such witness. The absence of formal membership is also consistent with the church's understanding of how Christian unity is to be achieved- that is, by preferring the label Christian before all others. The Church of God is congregational in its government. Each local congregation may call any recognized Church of God minister to be its pastor and may retain him or her as long as is mutually pleasing. Ministers are ordained and disciplined by state or provincial assemblies made up predominantly of ministers. National program agencies serve the church through coordinated ministries and resource materials. There are Church of God congregations in 89 foreign countries, most of which are resourced by one or more missionaries. There are slightly more Church of God adherents overseas than in North America.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1977
171,947
0
0
171,947
2,274
1976
170,285
0
0
170,285
2,270
1975
166,259
0
0
166,259
2,251
1974
161,401
0
0
161,401
2,239
1973
157,828
0
0
157,828
2,235
1972
155,920
0
0
155,920
2,261
1971
152,787
0
0
152,787
2,271
1970
150,198
0
0
150,198
2,282
1969
147,752
0
0
147,752
2,267
1968
146,807
0
0
146,807
2,265
1967
0
0
0
144,243
2,247
1966
143,364
0
0
143,364
2,261
1965
0
0
0
143,231
2,287
1964
0
0
0
143,725
2,276
1963
0
0
0
144,145
2,274
1962
0
0
0
145,241
2,289
1961
0
0
0
142,823
2,292
1960
0
0
0
142,796
2,278
1959
0
0
0
135,294
2,244
1958
0
0
0
133,214
2,234
1957
0
0
0
131,420
2,210
1956
0
0
0
127,395
2,195
1955
0
0
0
123,523
2,146
1954
0
0
0
118,696
2,089
1953
0
0
0
113,698
2,051
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1977
1,799
0
0
3,022
1976
1,761
0
0
2,951
1975
1,809
0
0
2,987
1974
1,753
0
0
2,905
1973
1,767
0
0
2,866
1972
1,783
0
0
2,906
1971
1,991
0
0
3,352
1970
1,779
0
0
2,793
1969
1,737
0
0
2,763
1968
1,771
0
0
2,767
1967
1,768
0
0
2,753
1966
1,798
0
0
2,780
1965
1,750
0
0
2,705
1964
1,804
0
0
2,745
1963
1,783
0
0
2,701
1962
1,799
0
0
2,763
1961
1,802
0
0
2,735
1960
1,803
0
0
2,752
1959
1,778
0
0
2,668
1958
1,738
0
0
2,634
1957
2,021
0
0
2,646
1956
1,736
0
0
2,711
1955
1,776
0
0
2,702
1954
1,762
0
0
2,535
1953
1,731
0
0
2,600
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1976
2,249
0
0
245,248
1975
2,220
0
0
243,015
1974
2,173
0
0
240,094
1973
2,207
0
0
259,712
1972
2,233
0
0
244,921
1971
2,000
0
0
238,692
1970
2,300
0
0
239,109
1969
2,267
0
0
238,084
1968
2,251
0
0
242,685
1967
2,000
0
0
243,676
1966
2,000
0
0
247,358
1965
2,287
25,209
226,890
252,099
1964
2,200
25,161
223,452
248,613
1963
2,200
25,443
225,094
250,537
1962
2,200
24,770
226,697
251,467
1961
2,200
24,658
225,107
249,765
1960
2,278
22,650
224,811
247,461
1959
2,244
21,922
218,323
240,245
1958
2,234
23,000
216,077
239,077
1957
2,217
16,049
213,228
229,277
1956
2,195
15,406
204,692
220,098
1955
2,146
21,000
197,880
218,880
1954
2,089
14,165
198,316
212,481
1953
2,051
20,500
199,597
220,097
1952
2,200
19,300
174,651
193,951
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1969
$4,531,678
$29,360,126
$24,828,448
1968
$4,168,580
$27,479,262
$23,310,682
1964
$0
$21,732,533
$0
1963
$0
$20,634,748
$0
1962
$0
$18,793,176
$0
1961
$0
$18,072,981
$0
1960
$0
$17,497,829
$0
1959
$0
$13,329,185
$0
1958
$0
$12,725,372
$0
1957
$0
$12,106,160
$0
1956
$1,674,741
$11,649,741
$9,975,000
1955
$1,559,428
$10,759,428
$9,200,000
1954
$1,367,400
$9,531,400
$8,164,000
1950
$0
$7,725,674
$0