The Symbol of the Church Of God In Christ 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.
3rd ECCLESIASTICAL JURISDICTION OF WISCONSIN
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
God does not reveal himself to all men in the same manner to make known to them their divine calling. God dealt with Bishop Williams in the most marvelous way. Beyond a doubt, God has raised Bishop Williams up to be a special blessing to his people.
In July of 1977, several Wisconsin pastors and elders united to elect a leader among them to serve as their bishop. Elder J.C. Williams was unanimously elected on July 27, 1977. The late Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson officially appointed him on November 17, 1977 in Memphis, Tennessee.
The leaders of the Church Of God In Christ expressed their confidence in Bishop Williams, in his character and his devotion to God and the Church of God In Christ. The general assembly of the COGIC assigned to him as Bishop, to function as the administrative head of the jurisdiction to which he was assigned. That jurisdiction was not named at that time. The Lord gave Bishop Williams the “3rd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Wisconsin” and he named it so.
Bishop J. C. Williams was consecrated and installed on August 7, 1978. He was assigned to seek out and appoint District Superintendents and Pastors for each congregation under his care.
We thank God for our seasoned leaders.
The first Annual Ministers and Workers Convention convened at Rehoboth Miracle Temple COGIC. The theme was “ Behold how Good and How Pleasant It Is for Brethren To Dwell Together In Unity”.
Mother Annie N. Scott’s tenure as Supervisor is dated from 1978 until 1987. God had a great work for her to do. She formed and nurtured the Jurisdictional Women’s Department. Supervisor Annie Naomi Scott set a great heritage and a high standard.
In 1987, Mother Artaska King was appointed to take up the banner. Under her supervision the Women’s Department spread their wings, and each year has become greater. She conducts a 3-day Consecration to preface each Workers Meeting and Convocation. Supervisor King continues to lead the 3rd Jurisdiction women to the forefront of the International COGIC.
Bishop J. C. Williams is highly respected and admired by the bishopric of the Church of God in Christ pictured here with Bishop Williams are: Bishop J. Lyles, Bishop D. Hines, Bishop C.H. McCleland and General Board Member, Bishop. S. Daniels.
God has sent special blessings to us down through the years, under the spiritual and apostolic direction of our Prelate, Bishop J. C. Williams, with the support of supervisors, state workers, district workers, pastors, ministers, missionaries and local church workers.
"Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation."
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