COGWA Statistics: Increased Attendance and Congregations


COGWA (Church of God, a Worldwide Association) was formed out of a split from the United Church of God (UCG) in 2010 (the overwhelming majority of the Latin American ministers and slightly more than 1/2 of the paid US ministry in UCG went with COGWA).  I just got an update from one of its members that I have long had communications with (for over a decade while he was in UCG).  Anyway, apparently I had not listed COGWA’s Asia/Pacific congregations when I looked at them recently.

Thus, at this time, COGWA has listed 237 congregations with 111 in the USA, 3 in Canada, 50 in Latin America, 4 in Europe, 13 in the Caribbean, 28 in Africa, and 28 in Asia/Pacific.  On March 6, 2011, COGWA’s website listed 232 congregations, with 109 in the USA and 123 outside the USA.

The email I was just sent included a 5/27/11 document from COGWA that stated that COGWA had 9,037 attendees at the first Day of Unleavened Bread (this is up from 8,000 that an earlier email from him had).  If this holds, this suggests that COGWA is probably the second largest COG in terms of attendees.  I wish to thank the COGWA member for his assistance on its statistics.

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