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This page provide resources related to the history and heritage of the Church of God. From these pages one is able to read about the history of the Church of God, research some of the early documents of the movement, and learn how to preserve church records and write the history of one’s own congregation.

CHURCH OF GOD HISTORY AND HERITAGE

This publication of the Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center features articles about the Church of God movement.

Subscribe to Church of God History and Heritage by sending $5.00 for four issues to: Church of God History and Heritage, Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center, 260 11th Street NE, Cleveland, Tennessee, 37311.

HISTORICAL LINKS

These resources include histories of departments, agencies and local Churches of God. They are generally part of larger web sites related to that department, agency or local church.

External Link Icon Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries

External Link Icon Church of God Chaplains Commission

External Link Icon Pathway Press Heritage
This is a brief history of Pathway Press.

External Link Icon Patten University

Church of God ministries are invited to Submit Links to their heritage page for inclusion here.

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

These resources include documents and histories from the beginning of the Church of God movement.

Brief History of the Church that is Now Recognized as the Church of God
This is the first known history of the Church of God. It was written by the first General Overseer, A.J. Tomlinson, and included in his book The Last Great Conflict (Cleveland, Tenn.: Press of W.E. Rodgers, 1913), 184-98.

Selected Writings of R. G. Spurling
R.G. Spurling and his father Richard Spurling founded the Christian Union on August 19, 1886. R.G. Spurling became the first pastor of this fledgling congregation, which is considered to be the first Church of God. James M. Beaty, Ph.D, compiled these writings.

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OTHER INTERESTING LINKS
These are other resources related to the history of the Pentecostal movement, the preservation of records or to the writing of church history.

External Link Icon Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies
This web site provides links to a variety of Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations and churches as well as to articles related to the movements.

External Link Icon Pentecostal-Charismatic Theological Inquiry International
This is one of the most comprehensive web sites for news, churches and resources related to the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. It includes the Cyberjournal for Pentecostal-Charismatic Research.

TELLING THE STORY
These resources are a collection of contemporary histories of the Church of God or some aspect of the Church of God movement.

Like a Mighty Army: A History of the Church of God, Definitive Edition, 1886-1995 (Cleveland, Tenn.: Pathway Press, 1996) is the official history of the Church of God. Written by church historian Charles W. Conn, it can be purchased from Pathway Press.

External Link Icon “Restorationism and a Vision for World Harvest: A Brief History of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)”
Written by David G. Roebuck, Ph.D., director of the Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center, this history was originally prepared for publication in The Acts of Pentecost, ed. Yung-Chul Han (Seoul, Korea: Han Young Theological University, 1998). The Acts of Pentecost was published in conjunction with the 18th Pentecostal World Conference.

External Link Icon “The First Twenty-One Years of the Church of God”
Written by James M. Beaty, Ph.D., this is a brief account of Church of God history from the founding of the Christian Union on August 19, 186 to the adoption of the name “Church of God” at the second annual assembly in 1907.

WRITING NEW CHAPTERS
These are resources for the local church interested in preserving church documents, records and photographs as well as writing the history of their congregation.

External Link Icon General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church
This web site includes a manual for managing local church records, archival leaflets for the care and preservation of photographs, oral history and encapsulation, along with information on ordering videos for local church historians.

External Link Icon Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
This web site includes a series of articles related to archives and records management in the local church.

External Link Icon Preservation of Library and Archival Material
The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides this excellent online manual for the preservation of records, documents and photographs.

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