Introducing the Church of God (Seventh Day)
The Church of God (Seventh Day) grew from the efforts of dedicated advent believers living in Michigan and Iowa in the late 1850’s. In 1863, the Michigan church began to extend its influence into the eastern and central U.S. through a publication called The Hope of Israel. This magazine invited fellow Christians to assemble at conferences and camp meetings, and created interest in their distinctive doctrines: the second advent of Christ and the seventh-day Sabbath.
Through these means, the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) was organized in 1884 and incorporated in Missouri in 1899. Its offices were located in Stanberry, Missouri, until 1950, when they were transferred to Denver, Colorado.
Over the years, The Hope of Israel also moved from Michigan to Iowa, then to Missouri. After several name changes, it is now known as the Bible Advocate. More than 100 years later, this flagship publication of the Church continues to be published and mailed six times a year from the conference offices in Denver.
The Church of God (Seventh Day) recognizes more than 200 congregations in the United States and Canada. It also has affiliated ministries in more than 35 countries outside North America, with a worldwide fellowship near 300,000 members. As an agent of God’s grace, the Church offers warm-hearted fellowship and willing support for people everywhere who trust and obey the same Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. It is in serving others that the Church finds relevance for its Bible-centered message and its God-inspired mission.
The Church of God (Seventh Day) believes that…
As servants of Christ, we believe and practice…
The greatest ministry of the Church is performed by members serving others in Christ’s name, while scattered among thousands of workplaces, schools, markets, and communities all over North America and around the world. To assist the members and congregations in accomplishing this mission, the Church’s General Conference offers these primary ministries:
Publications (Bible Advocate Press) produces and distributes a wide range of literature on behalf of the gospel message and scriptural truth. This literature includes the Bible Advocate, Bible study lessons for adults and youth, tracts and booklets on various topics, a church hymnal, and a church newsletter—Churchright. Most of these publications are provided in both English and Spanish.
GC Missions assists in establishing and maintaining sister churches and missions outside North America. It provides literature, training, and salaries for many workers in several foreign fields. Missions Abroad also distributes Bibles and constructs churches and medical clinics as funds permit.
Artios Christian College lifts the level of biblical understanding and Christian ministry for any member of the Church, and prepares men for pastoral and vocational ministry within the Church. It provides this training through interactive simulcasts that are relayed in real-time to classrooms and individual computers in the USA, Canada, and beyond.
For more details on what we believe, take a look at our Statement of Faith. Twelve doctrinal statements are listed here.
You are always welcome in any local congregation of the Church, even without a personal invitation! Use this website to find a church near you, or if you prefer, contact us for more information or assistance. We’d love to hear from you!