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On this page: See also:
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Christian Churches of God
  • Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)
  • Church of God of Prophecy
  • Church of Pentecost
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Ecumenical Catholic Church
  • Fire-Baptized Holiness Church
  • Iglesia Ni Cristo (Philippines)
  • Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God; Portugal, Brazil)
  • International Church of the Foursquare Gospel
  • Lutheran Churches
  • Mennonites
  • The Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus (Kabanalbanalang Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus)
  • New Apostolic Church
  • New Covenant Church of God
  • Oriental Orthodox Churches
  • Presbyterian Churches
  • Reformed churches
  • Salvation Army
  • Shincheonji Church of Jesus
  • Seventh Day Adventists Church
  • Society of Friends (Quakers)
  • United Church of Canada
  • United Church of Christ
  • United Methodist Church
  • Waldensian flag

  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • Traditionalist Catholics, France

    Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)

    The organization Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) has its own flag. It's blue and white with an eagle and a Bible on it.
    Martin Karner, 20 August 2003


    American Coptic Association

    The American Coptic Association is an advocacy group founded by Americans of Coptic background to promote the rights of Egyptian Christians the United States. It is associated with the Coptic Church, one of the most ancient of Christian churches. Existing almost from the time of Jesus Himself this church has a remarkable tradition of art and literature unique to that particular form of Christianity. An example of the Church Symbol (it is much more than simply a logo) can be found on the website of the American Coptic Association http://www.amcoptic.com/index2.htm; I have already inquired whether the Coptic Church itself, in either or both of its forms, has a tradition of flags and banners, as well as the American Coptic Association, and if it would be possible to see some examples of these.
    Ron Lahav, 15 February 2005

    The church website itself can be found at http://www.coptic.org/north_am.htm.
    Ned Smith, 15 February 2005

    Evidence that the church does indeed have a flag can be found in an online biography of Pope Shenouda III, the head of the Coptic Church. The biography states "In the United States, the mayor of Jersey City hoisted the Coptic Church flag side by side with the American flag at City Hall during the Papal visit." The bio is posted at the websites of several Coptic parishes, http://st-takla.org/Pope-1.html for example. I have so far been unable to find an image or description of the flag.
    Ned Smith, 7 March 2005


    Brethren in Christ Church

    The Brethren in Christ Church has not officially adopted a distinctive flag to represent our denomination. At this point in time, our main identity symbol remains the logo that our church adopted as our symbol in 1973. And while it is at use in many applications in our churches and offices, including on many banners, it is not officially incorporated into a flag.

    The main elements of the emblem are the cross, the dove, and the towel and basin, each chosen to represent a key component at the heart of our church's faith. The cross obviously represents the death of Christ and the salvation that act represents for those of the Christian faith. The dove for us has a dual meaning. The dove represents the Holy Spirit, who guides and empowers our daily walk as Christians, enabling us to live a new life of holiness and obedience to God. For the Brethren in Christ, a church with roots in the Anabaptist family of believers, the dove also stands as a reminder of our call to be peacemakers. The towel and basin stand as testament to the example of Christ in sacrificial service to others. A part of our symbol, Christ's act of washing his disciples' feet is still re-enacted in several of our major gatherings to this day.
    Ron Ross, 10 January 2005


    Byzantine Catholic Church, Inc.

    [Editorial note: The Byzantine Catholic Church Inc. is not part of the Byzantine Catholic Church In America]

    An image of the Byzantine Catholic Church, Inc. [Independent Jurisdiction] church flag is shown at http://community.webshots.com/photo/959848/2182746FQvaFLlGbX
    The BCCI is a small church affiliated with neither the Papacy nor with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and should not be confused with any of Byzantine Rite eastern Catholic churches in communion with Rome.
    At the BCCI's homepage is a note that the church seal and flag are copyrighted property of the jurisdiction, and cannot be used without written permission. {See http://members.tripod.com/~Mark1x1/ ).
    I know nothing further about this church, nor whether the flag is actually in use.
    Ned Smith, 6 September 2004

    The Byzantine Catholic Church (Independent Jurisdiction) is an American denomination which appears to exist on the borderland between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.
    Ron Lahav, 27 January 2006
     


    Churches of God General Conference

    The Churches of God General Conference is a small evangelical denomination based in the Midwestern United States, and whose origins lie in the German immigration to the US during the first half of the 19th century. Its logo can be found at http://www.cggc.org/index.html, but no flag has been identified.
    Ron Lahav, 11 February 2005


    Evangelical Covenant Church

    The web site of The Evangelical Covenant Church, which is located at http://www.covchurch/org/cov/home/contacts.html contains the church logo on its 'Contacts' page. This church was founded by Swedish immigrants to the US during the mid-19th century, but has become a multi-ethnic religious community with churches throughout the US and elsewhere. They have been strongly committed to health, and the famous Covenant Hospital in Chicago is still run by the church. I have written to inquire about a possible church flag.  A series of black and white church logos can be seen at http://www.covchurch.org/cov/resources/download.html.
    Ron Lahav, 17 February 2005


    Evangelical Free Church of America

    The Evangelical Free Church of America is a small evangelical Protestant group with an extremely loose infrastructure. Their colorful logo can be found at http://www.efca.org/about/index.html. A representative of church states it does not have a flag.
    Ron Lahav, 17 February 2005


    Evangelical Methodist Church

    The Evangelical Methodist Church, whose URL is http://www.emchurch.org is a small offshoot from the mainstream Methodist churches in the USA. It was founded as far back as 1946 by individuals who felt that these mainstream churches had abandoned the original principles of Methodism as preached by the Wesleys and others and which had adopted socially and theologically liberal and humanistic values in their place.

    The church seal appears in two forms: in a larger version in the introduction to their web site, and in a smaller and slightly different format at the top of each subsequent page thereafter. The version in the introduction is quite striking, as is the introduction itself, which features music and moving images. The seal is coloured in different tones of black, white, and gray, and is in the form of a large circle with an outer ring and a central image. The outer ring contains the words 'THE EVANGELICAL' in slate gray block letters at the top, and 'METHODIST CHURCH' similarly written at the bottom. To the left of the seal the letters 'EMC', in a large block format coloured slate gray and fimbriated white, extend from the outside of the seal, through the outer ring, and well into the central image itself. The central image consists of a rotating globe impaled by a large cross in white and shadowed black. To the right of the base of the cross is a large open Bible, also in white and black.
    Ron Lahav, 21 February 2005


    Evangelical Presbyterian Church

    The Evangelical Presbyterian Church was founded in 1981 in the US by members of so-called 'mainstream' American Presbyterian bodies in protest at the perceived theological, social, and political liberalism of these denominations. The web site of the EPC is http://www.epc.org. It features the very striking church seal, which consists of a large circular format divided into two concentric circles. The outer ring is considerably narrower than the inner one, and contains at the top the following phrases written in blue lower case lettering with a space between each phrase: In Essentials Unity; In Non-Essentials Liberty; In All Things Charity. At the bottom of this outer ring is what I take to be the church motto, 'Truth Is Love', set off in quotation marks. All of these phrases appear to be quotations, but I don't know the sources.

    The central image of the seal is in light blue, dark blue, and white. In the middle of this image is a stylized globe showing lines of latitude and longitude in white; superimposed upon this is a large cross (sorry, but I don't know the name for this form of cross!), which actually consists of two slightly bowed double lines with a thin white space between, the whole upon a light blue and white field. Beneath the dexter arm of the cross is a white dove volant, the right wing of the dove  obscured by the trunk of the cross itself. At the foot of the cross, to the left, is an open book, while above the book are the words Evangelical Presbyterian Church in three lines of text. To the right of the foot of the cross are the letters EPC, written in dark blue in a very large block form in dark blue. I have of course contacted the church authorities about the possible existence of a distinctive church flag.
    Ron Lahav, 20 February 2005


    Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

    The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is a small evangelical denomination centered around Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana USA. They are extremely active not only in international missions but also in youth missionary work in urban areas around the US. They have a church logo, as depicted at http://www.fgbc.org/. The logo consists of a white rectangle bordered black. In the center of this rectangle is a smaller rectangle in bright yellow containing a representation in white of 'The Old Rugged Cross'. Superimposed on the cross in very large black block lettering are the letters 'FGBC' in two rows, one above the other. Beneath this smaller rectangle is the church motto, written in smaller black block lettering: 'KNOWING JESUS . . . MAKING HIM KNOWN'.
    Ron Lahav, 24 February 2005

    The Church of the Brethren also has a logo which I don't think I've ever seen displayed as a free-standing cloth flag but is similar to what constitutes an actual flag: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cblogo.png
    Justin Knapp, 30 October 2014


    National Association of Congregational Christian Churches

    The National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, whose home page can be found at http://www.naccc.org is the rump organization which remained when most of the old Congregationalist Churches joined with several other denominations to form the United Church of Christ. The Congregationalists are the direct descendants of the English Puritans of the 16th and 17th Centuries, and the first of these came to New England originally aboard the Mayflower in 1620. They have often been called 'The Conscience of New England', and they were one of the first American churches to espouse radical social reform. This included such things as communal organization, a dedication to education (the Massachusetts General Court passed an ordinance in the mid 17th Century requiring every township to set aside a plot of land for the construction of a school '. . . in order that That Old Deluder Satan might gain no footing in this New World and be thus defeated.'. The Congregationalists also founded the first institution of higher education in the English speaking colonies, Harvard College). At a later period they were the backbone of the Abolitionist movement, and after the American Civil War they set up a large number of universities and colleges for the newly emancipated slaves. Set against this is of course the hothouse atmosphere which created the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials.

    The NACCC refused to join the church merger because they felt that their grand old traditions would be seriously diluted if not destroyed. Reflecting their arrival on board the Mayflower, the logo of the church consists of a reproduction of that ship. I have contacted the church administration to inquire about a possible church flag.
    Ron Lahav, 14 February 2005


    Vineyard Churches

    The Vineyard Churches Association of South Africa report that there is no flag for the local Association nor internationally. They do make use of banners hung inside churches with biblical verses on them but this is not a universal nor a standardized usage.
    Andries Burgers, 24 January 2005