WHO WE ARE & PURPOSE STATEMENT
First, and most importantly, we are a group of people trying to follow the way of Jesus together.
We are a global family of 7,300 churches with 23 of those congregations here in western Canada.
We also oversee Deer Valley Meadows, a retreat center near Alix, Alberta.
WHAT KIND OF CHURCH ARE WE?
Great question. We're part of something called the Church of God Movement, which is distinguished by a major centre in Anderson, Indiana. The name may sound a bit egotistical, but don't fear, we don't mean it to say we are God's church and no one else is. The Church of God movement began with a desire for Christians to come together in unity as one church. The name "Church of God" was selected because of its common use in the Bible about the church. It started in the USA in the 1880's and has since spread around the world. Church of God groups around the world associate with one another for the common purposes of mission, theological dialogue, and ecumenical initiatives.
Here in western Canada, we are a Regional Team ministry, which includes a home base office in Camrose, Alberta that takes care of administrative work, like setting up this website and organizing annual events that allow everyone to come together and exchange ideas. As well, being a federally registered entity there are legal requirements that need to be taken care of to keep it all in good standing. We strive to give individual churches the freedom to reach their unique settings, trusting in their ability to hear from God and act accordingly.
We are a church, coming from something called the Holiness Movement (key words to search on wikipedia: Wesleyan, Arminian, Anabaptist, Free-church, Protestant). We don't hold a formal membership (though many congregations create annual lists of voters for business purposes). We tend to hold a commitment to seeking what Christians have in common and to build on those things rather than emphasizing differences. We believe strongly in the work of God's Spirit in the church and in the lives of individuals to:
-make us aware of our need for change and transformation
-convince us that we are loved and accepted, forgiven of all wrongs
-give us new life
-help us to understand and apply the teachings of the Bible
-make us more like Jesus in character
-give us giftings and abilities for service
The basis for our beliefs comes from the Bible, and while any number of different interpretations can be drawn from scripture, we agree on some of the basics. For example, we believe:
that God is one but in three expressions (trinity)
that the Bible is the word of God, which we hold as our guide in life
that Jesus was born, lived, taught, was killed, and came back to life as was written in the Bible
that Jesus' death and resurrection act to free us from our lives of sin
that God has given persons a freewill to choose for Him or against Him
that God's Spirit lives in those who believe in and follow the way of Jesus
in the practise of believer's baptism and the observance of the Lord's Supper
that Jesus will come back to earth at the end of time
in eternal judgement and reward - heaven and hell
TOGETHER WE CAN!
The Canadian Church of God Ministries
serves 22 congregations in the four western Canadian provinces, namely:
ALBERTA - 12 congregations
BARRHEAD (Email link only) - Barrhead Church of God
BRAGG CREEK - Bragg Creek Community Church
CALGARY - Glamorgan Church of God
CAMROSE - Camrose Church of God
CARSTAIRS - Living Hope Community Church
DRAYTON VALLEY - Drayton Valley Church of God
EDMONTON - First Church of God
EDMONTON - Grace Point Church of God
EDMONTON - The Journey Church of God
MEDICINE HAT - Southview Church of God
PARADISE VALLEY - Paradise Valley Church of God
WETASKIWIN - Wetaskiwin Church of God
BRITISH COLUMBIA - 4 congregations
CASTLEGAR - Kinnaird Church of God
CHILLIWACK - Rosedale Church of God
RICHMOND - Trinity Pacific Church
VERNON - Pleasant Valley Church of God
MANITOBA - 2 congregations
MORDEN - Morden Church of God
WINNIPEG - Crosspoint Community Church
SASKATCHEWAN - 5 congregations
BIGGAR CHURCH OF GOD (Email link only) - Biggar Church of God
CHURCHBRIDGE (Email link only) - Churchbridge Church of God
ERWOOD (HUDSON BAY) (Email link only) - The Church of God at Erwood
SASKATOON - Riverbend Church of God
SWIFT CURRENT - East Side Church of God