Resulted from revival among Germans in Pennsylvania 1825. Organized 1830 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, by 7 men under leadership of J. Winebrenner* (hence also called Winebrennerians) as Gen. Eldership of the Ch. of God; name changed 1845 to Gen. Eldership of the Ch. of God in N. Am., and in 1896 to Gen. Eldership of the Chs. of God in N. Am. Present name adopted ca. 1974. Local eldership, held to be divinely instituted, consists of a teaching and a ruling elder. Doctrine, set forth in Twenty-Seven Points of 1849 and Doctrinal Statement of 1925, is Arminian. Distinctive views: that sectarianism is anti-Scriptural; that each local ch. should be called Ch. of God; that all such things as ch. offices and customs should be given names drawn from the Bible; that baptism by immersion, the Lord's Supper, and foot washing are obligatory. No written creed is recognized. The Bible is accepted as the only rule of faith and practice.
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