Churches of God, General Conference

Churches of God, General Conference

General Conf. Exec. Dir., Pastor Edward L. Rosenberry, 700 E. Melrose Ave.
P.O. Box 926
Findlay, OH 45840
United States

Attesting Officer
Rev. Ralph Hux
General Scretary


Media Contact
Editor, Mrs. Rachel L. Foreman

41.0663163, -83.6391657


The Churches of God, General Conference (CGGC) had its beginnings in Harrisburg, Pa., in 1825.
John Winebrenner, recognized founder of the Church of God movement, was an ordained minister of the German Reformed Church. His experience-centered form of Christianity, particularly the "new measures" he used to promote it, his close connection with the local Methodists, his "experience and conference meetings" in the church and his "social prayer meetings" in parishioners' homes resulted in differences of opinion and the establishment of new congregations. Extensive revivals, camp meetings and mission endeavors led to the organization of additional congregations across central Pennsylvania and westward through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.
In 1830 the first system of cooperation between local churches was initiated as an "eldership" in eastern Pennsylvania. The organization of other elderships followed. General Eldership was organized in 1845, and in 1974 the official name of the denomination was changed from General Eldership of the Churches of God in North America to its present name.
The Churches of God, General Conference, is composed of 5 Regions in the United States and 1 conference in Haiti. The polity of the church is presbyterial in form. The church has mission ministries in the southwest among native Americans and is extensively involved in church planting and whole life ministries in Bangladesh, Brazil, Haiti, India, Kenga, Sweden, Thailand, and Venezuela.
The General Conference convenes in business session triennially. An Administrative Council composed of 16 regional representatives is responsible for the administration and ministries of the church between sessions of the General Conference.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1980
34,638
0
0
34,638
344
1979
34,874
0
0
34,874
345
1975
0
0
0
36,016
347
1974
37,040
0
0
37,040
351
1973
31,032
0
5,629
36,661
353
1972
29,640
0
6,193
35,833
364
1967
0
0
0
36,042
352
1965
0
0
0
36,550
374
1961
0
0
0
36,995
376
1960
0
0
0
37,390
376
1959
0
0
0
37,304
385
1957
0
0
0
35,700
378
1955
0
0
0
36,882
398
1954
0
0
0
35,963
362
1950
0
0
0
32,352
380
1947
0
0
0
31,817
392
1944
33,563
0
0
33,563
397
1942
33,727
0
0
33,727
415
1939
29,326
0
1,674
31,000
350
1938
29,040
0
1,824
30,864
374
1936
27,756
0
1,740
29,496
401
1929
28,871
0
0
28,871
451
1925
28,484
0
0
28,484
484
1923
26,965
0
0
26,965
463
1922
26,416
0
0
26,416
463
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1980
223
0
0
374
1979
208
0
0
307
1975
279
0
0
283
1974
271
0
0
346
1973
213
0
0
339
1972
225
0
0
357
1967
210
0
0
353
1965
277
0
0
379
1961
227
0
0
365
1960
244
0
0
371
1959
247
0
0
327
1957
278
0
0
318
1955
340
0
0
389
1954
311
0
0
348
1950
168
0
0
254
1947
0
0
0
399
1944
0
0
0
399
1942
0
0
0
399
1939
0
0
0
399
1938
0
0
0
399
1936
0
0
0
399
1929
0
0
0
437
1925
0
0
0
449
1923
0
0
0
430
1922
0
0
0
340
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1980
344
0
0
32,475
1979
345
0
0
31,550
1974
351
0
0
36,363
1973
352
0
0
37,012
1972
364
0
0
36,715
1965
375
5,261
40,328
45,589
1961
375
5,312
46,501
51,813
1960
370
5,155
44,308
49,463
1959
374
5,146
46,332
51,478
1957
378
5,143
47,648
52,791
1955
394
4,970
33,305
38,275
1954
361
4,491
43,194
47,685
1950
380
4,489
34,637
39,126
1923
407
0
41,052
41,052
1922
399
0
45,097
45,097
1921
0
0
36,919
36,919
1919
413
0
37,952
37,952
1917
393
4,706
39,259
43,965
1916
393
4,706
39,309
44,015
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1979
$2,299,861
$11,137,379
$8,837,518
1974
$1,566,161
$6,683,923
$5,117,762
1973
$845,812
$5,176,831
$4,331,019
1972
$3,247,471
$6,723,482
$3,476,011
1964
$0
$2,940,116
$0
1963
$0
$2,802,731
$0
1962
$0
$2,479,224
$0
1960
$0
$2,679,055
$0
1959
$0
$2,652,569
$0
1958
$0
$2,349,774
$0
1957
$0
$2,057,977
$0
1956
$250,945
$1,730,882
$1,479,937
1955
$193,295
$1,442,460
$1,249,165
1954
$86,032
$1,192,325
$1,106,293
1953
$86,032
$1,192,325
$1,106,293
1951
$191,866
$1,273,453
$1,081,587
1950
$191,866
$1,273,453
$1,081,587
1923
$0
$435,322
$0
1922
$0
$409,736
$0
1921
$0
$426,896
$0
1919
$0
$37,828
$0
1917
$0
$266,338
$0