This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Going to church the Kniman Church of God way

(I thought it would be interesting to use Sundays to focus on Rensselaer's churches and to see how many Sundays I can go before I run out of material. Indiana is richly endowed with religious denominations, with influences from North and South, East and West. This is part of that series of posts.)

The little town of Kniman may not have many people, but it has two churches (and a tavern). In addition to its Methodist Church, it has the Kniman Church of God. It is not listed in the "Church Services Directory" in the Rensselaer Republican.

I could not find a website for this church, but the denomination has one. The website gives this brief history of the denomination:
It was 1886, in a crude meeting house on the Tennessee-North Carolina border, where the Church of God traces its roots. There, a group of eight sincere Christians had a deep desire for a closer relationship and life with Christ. Realizing the futility of reforming their own churches, they established a new church whose objective would be to restore sound scriptural doctrines of the Bible, encourage deeper consecration and promote evangelism and Christian service.
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From this seemingly insignificant origin has grown one of the most influential worldwide Pentecostal denominations. For nearly 120 years the Church of God has been a distinctive movement focused upon communicating the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. Presently, the Church of God has a world-wide membership of over 6 million with a presence in nearly 150 countries.
More about the beliefs of the members is here.
 
Poking around on the Internet I found the Indiana Church of God website and it pointed to the Wheatfield Lighthouse Worship Center at 4746 W 900 N Wheatfield, IN 46392. It has the same phone number and pastor, Lary Fugett, and google maps says the address is in Kniman. 

 

The Wikipedia entry on this denomination is here. Lee University in Cleveland TN is sponsored by the denomination.

1 comment:

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