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Knowing Your Church

Pastoral Studies

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Course Description

A study of the ministry of the Church of God with emphasis on the growth of the church from a small southeastern group to a global church of over 4 million members. This course will also examine the organizational structure of the Church of God.

  • CIMS Credit: 1
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3-4 hours per week
  • Subject: Pastoral
  • Venues: DVD, Internet, Distance Learning
  • Language: English, Spanish

A movement that has gone from eight members in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina to more than seven million members around the world in a little more than 125 years must be doing some things right. This book details the spiritual leadership and organizational structures that have pointed the Church of God in the right direction. Mistakes have been made, acknowledged, and overcome. A vision for the harvest has driven this denomination from its earliest days and continues to propel it forward. Prayer and dependence upon the Holy Spirit have been essential elements that have impacted the Church at every juncture.

This book presents an overview of how the Church of God functions as an organization. This is important information for anyone who has an allegiance to this movement. Hopefully, one will come away from this book with a heightened appreciation of the Church and its varied ministries.

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to…

  1. Relate the history of the ministry and growth of the Church of God.
  2. Discuss the organizational structure of the Church of God on the following levels:
    1. National/International
    2. State
    3. Local
  3. Trace the training and education of ministers in the Church of God from its earliest days to the present.
  4. Describe the international expansion of the Church of God.
  1. Introduction to Knowing Your Church
  2. Church of God History: Part 1
  3. Church of God History: Part 2
  4. Church of God History: Part 3
  5. General Assembly Organization and Functions
  6. General Council Organization and Functions
  7. International Offices
  8. State and District Organization
  9. The Local Church
  10. The Local Church and Its Ministry Structure
  11. Education and Training
  12. International Expansion of the Church
  13. International Evangelism
  14. Conclusion of Knowing Your Church

Video Lesson 1: Introduction to Knowing Your Church

Your Instructors

Dr. Joseph Byrd

Dr. Bill George

Dr. David Roebuck

Dr. R. Lamar Vest

What We Will Cover

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Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost for the online program comes out to $2,814. The breakdown of cost is below:

Enrollment and Admission Fee:  $25 (nonrefundable)
Tuition:  $60 per CIMS credit
Study Guides:  Free PDF downloads with online enrollment
Textbooks:  $12 for 1 credit / $20 for 2 credit / $30 for 3 credit
Internet Fee:  $10 per CIMS credit

Generally, students complete within three years. However, there is not a hard restriction when you must complete all courses.

In short, yes. In our online courses, you are able to retest as many times as it takes to achieve a passing score.

Business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Yes. Grants are available only to credentialed Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) ministers and persons in the credentialing process.

Our courses are used in the licensing process, but completing our courses alone will not make you a licensed minister in the Church of God.  Please visit cogdoe.org/ministerial-licensure for more information.

At the option of Church of God institutions of higher education, CIMS credit may be converted to credit by that institution when the student meets the entrance requirements, is accepted, and enrolls.

If you are a School of Ministry student, please be aware that when a course access is purchased, you will be given 365 days access to that course. Should you need more time, please contact us. If you have not yet applied to the School of Ministry, please click here to begin that process. Once you have filled out the necessary paper work you will be given a link on where to purchase access to the courses.

Please send us any issues by completing the form on the Contact page.

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