The Symbol of the Church Of God In Christ
The Symbol of the Church Of
God In Christ, shown at the top left and in the background, is an outgrowth of
the Presiding Bishop's Coat of Arms which has become quite familiar to the
Church. The design of the Official Seal of the Church was created in 1973 and
adopted in the General Assembly in 1981 (April Session).
The obvious GARNERED
WHEAT in the center of the seal represents all of the people of the Church
Of God In Christ, Inc. The ROPE of wheat which holds the shaft together
represents the Founding Father of the Church, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason,
who, at the call of the Lord, banded us together as a Brotherhood of Churches in
the First Pentecostal General Assembly of the Church, in 1907.
The date in the seal has a
two-fold purpose; Firstly, to tell us that Bishop Mason received the baptism of
the Holy Ghost in March 1907; and, Secondly, to tell us that it was because of
this outpouring that Bishop Mason was compelled to call us together in November
of 1907, to organize the Church Of God In Christ.
The RAIN in the
background represents the Latter Rain or the End-time Revivals which brought
about the emergence of our Church along with other Pentecostal Holiness Bodies
in the same era. The rain also serves as a challenge to the Church to keep
Christ in the center of our worship and service, so that He may continue to use
the Church Of God In Christ as one of the vehicles of Pentecostal Revival before
the return of the Lord.
This information was reprinted from the book"So
you want to KNOW YOUR CHURCH" by Alferd Z. Hall, Jr.