The church's beliefs include "the divine inspiration of Scripture; forgiveness of sin through the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of the believer; the experience of holiness; the personal return of Christ, unconnected with any millennial reign; the kingdom of God as established here and now; the resurrection of the dead; a final judgment in which there will be reward for the righteous and punishment for the wicked."1
The church observes baptism, the Lord's supper, and feet washing as symbolic acts, but, though recognizing them as ordinances, does not regard them as mandatory. Church government structure is local and autonomous.
The Church of God (Anderson) has about 2300 congregations in the United States and Canada, with an average attendance of 235,000. Worldwide "membership" is more than 750,000 in about 7340 congregations. The church does not have traditional formal membership. Personal conversion and Christian conduct, coupled with attendance are sufficient for participation in the Church of God (Anderson).
The church's seminary is Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, IN. It is also affiliated with several colleges across North America: Anderson University, Azusa Pacific University, Bay Ridge Christian College, Gardner College, Mid-America Christian University, Warner Pacific College, and Warner Southern College.