Church of the Living God (Christian Workers for Fellowship)

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Church of the Living God (Christian Workers for Fellowship) (1889)

split into  Church of God (Which He Purchased With His Own Blood) (1953)

The Church of the Living God (Christian Workers for Fellowship) is a predominantly black Holiness Pentecostal church founded in 1889 by the Rev. William Christian (1856-1928).

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1935 176 146 3,960
1937 - 30 620
1942 - 8 110
1944 - 6 120
1951 7 5 50
1952 10 5 65
1957 235 223 11,594
1958 247 236 25,000
1959 262 244 27,562
1960 317 256 32,575
1961 375 268 37,425
1962 362 272 43,572
1964 376 276 45,320
1985 170 170 42,000
2002 214 120 20,000
2006 214 170 42,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]