New historical exhibits are now in the display cases at the Church of God International Offices in Cleveland Tennessee. Each of the three buildings contains one exhibit that tells about the birth of ministries represented in that building along with a display case that features changing exhibits.
The permanent historical exhibits are “Birth of a Movement,” “Fulfilling the Great Commission,” and “Equipping the Saints.” “Birth of a Movement” in the Leadership and Communications Center conveys the early history of the Church of God from Barney Creek in 1886 to the first meeting of the Elders Council in 1917. The exhibit features photos of Richard and R.G. Spurling, the house where the first Church of God General Assembly met in 1906, the first General Overseer, A.J. Tomlinson, and the first Elders Council. Stones from the Barney Creek site where the Church of God began in 1886 are also part of the exhibit. “Fulfilling the Great Commission” in the World Evangelization Center relates our early emphasis on evangelism and missions. “Equipping the Saints” in the Church Ministries Center recounts the earliest history of some of the departments that provide resources for local congregations.
Each building also has an exhibit that will change about twice a year. “A Century of Missions” celebrates the centennial of Church of God World Missions, “Publishing the Gospel” honors the one-hundredth anniversary of the Church of God Evangel, and “Women in the Harvest” includes photographs and stories of a few of the many women who have served as evangelists and missionaries.
The Dixon Pentecostal Research Center designed and produced the exhibits. The exhibits may be viewed during regular office hours Monday through Friday at the corner of Keith and 25th Street in Cleveland.