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A ministry of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee
 
Who We Are

Our heart and passion is to see lives restored and to see grace extended to the lost and broken. God is calling Elmwood to reach out of our doors and into the community, to serve one another as Christ served us, and to advance the kingdom of God.

We are determined to press into the future and fulfill the vision that God has set for us… and we would love you to be a part of that!
 
Our Scripture
 
Isaiah 58:12--Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called THE REPAIRER OF THE BREACH, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
 
Our Vision 

Our vision is to cultivate an atmosphere of restoration and grace.

Our Mission 
 
To train and empower others to lead people to Christ.
 
• To provide a passionate encounter through worship and the Word.
 
• To create relationships and build a culturally-diverse and generationally-driven community of believers who are of           "one mind, one focus, and one purpose."
 
 To help others find acceptance from their past through restoration and grace."
 
Beliefs

"Watch your life and your doctrine closely. Continue in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." 1 Timothy 4:16
At Elmwood Church we approach beliefs by narrowing our focus to Four Essential Truths. While we have many other preferences and practices, these are the four that our ministry hinges on. In these essential beliefs, we have unity as a church. In other non-essential beliefs, we embrace diversity. While in all of our beliefs, we show charity.

The Four Essentials

1. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD.

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16

The Bible is both our guidebook for practical living and is our spiritual communication from God that provides us strength. The Bible is the inerrant, complete, inspired and unchanging word of God. At Elmwood Church we make the Bible a part of our daily lives by reading through it regularly.

2. JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Jesus is the reason for everything we do. We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin as the Son of God. We believe that Jesus was crucified for the forgiveness of the sins of humanity and that He rose from the dead three days later. Jesus was both fully man and fully God. While Jesus was a prophet, a teacher, and a good man, He is also the supernatural Son of God.

3. YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

“For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25
In a culture that sees various methods of avenues to be connected to God, Elmwood Church believes that Jesus is the only way to access forgiveness and eternal life in God. We believe that every person is born into sin; believing in and accepting the grace of Jesus is the only way to gain forgiveness from sin. Every person can be forgiven and born again.

4. BELIEVERS CAN AND SHOULD BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

While forgiveness comes from our relationship with Jesus, we believe that our relationship with the Holy Spirit provides us the power to live our lives focused on Jesus. Elmwood Church believes in the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is our best friend, our guide, our comforter, and our strength. We believe that our lives can be filled with the Holy Spirit. Lives lived this way are evidenced by fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit found in scripture.

OUR HISTORY

Elmwood Church of God had its beginning in 1920, becoming the first Pentecostal church in Columbia.
A small group of men and women began having services in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Finklea in Granby Village. After moving to South Gregg Street, the church was set in order by the State Overseer, W. H. Cross.
In 1937 during the pastorate of Wade H. Horton, the church moved to South Main Street. In 1951 this property was sold, and the congregation worshiped in a tent for a short period of time while construction began on a new church building on Elmwood Avenue at Bull Street.

In May 1952 under the leadership of Reverend O. B. Graham, the congregation moved into the present sanctuary building.

A new multipurpose building was constructed behind the main sanctuary in 1989 under the leadership of Bishop Richard Porterfield. This building holds our administrative and ministry offices, classrooms, a commercial kitchen, and a gymnasium.

In 2006 construction was completed connecting the two existing buildings. The new addition includes a welcome center/lobby, choir suite, expanded office area, and new baptistry, as well as an elevator accessing all levels except the balcony. The sanctuary was retrofitted and includes a new balcony which provides additional seating for approximately 115, bringing the total seating capacity to approximately 365.

Several churches in the Columbia area have been organized from the Elmwood Church of God.

Still a vibrant and growing congregation, the Elmwood Church of God on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bull Street remains committed to bringing hope and a message of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to our community and committed to discipling believers to know the truth of God's Word and to assist everyone in discovering their purpose.
 
Our heart and passion is to see lives restored and to see grace extended to the lost and broken. God is calling Elmwood to reach out of our doors and into the community; to serve one another as Christ served us, and to advance the kingdom of God.
 
We are determined to press into the future and fulfill the vision that God has set for us… and we would love you to be a part of that!

 
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