Church of God by Faith Vestments
Pastors and Ministers Vestments: The wearing of uniforms or special regalia is a tradition that can be traced to biblical times.  It signifies the distinction of being set apart from the rest of society.  Individuals wearing uniforms or special regalia are chosen or have accepted the call to perform specific duties to serve God and humanity.  Exodus chapter 28 describes the vestments specifically designed for Aaron and his sons to minister unto the Lord.  The vestments reflect the specific guidelines of God which in turn held special meaning for the children of Israel.
 
What follows is a brief description of the various vestments that are used in the Church of God by Faith, Inc. All of them are based on biblically sound principles and are to only be purchased and worn by authorized church ministers and elders:
 
Cassock: The black robe which is worn during the service is the symbol of an elder and servant. The bishop is first and foremost, a servant and one among the brethren. Worn by ordained male ministers and Elders in the Church of God by Faith.
 
Cincture: This garment is a symbol of Christ. It speaks of the bishop’s willingness to serve his brethren pursuant to the example of His Lord. Worn by ordained male ministers and Elders in the Church of God by Faith. 
 
Surplice: A liturgical vestment of the Christian Church. It has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, with wide or moderately wide sleeves, reaching to the hips or knees. It usually features lace decoration and may have embroidered borders Worn by ordained male ministers and Elders in the Church of God by Faith. 
 
Tippet: A ceremonial scarf which is worn over the surplice as a sign of his authority to preach .Worn by pastors in the Church of God by Faith. Black for all, other colors by rank.
 
Women Ministers Vestments: Solid black clergy skirt suit with mandarin banded collar; skirt tailored at mid-calf with full-length sleeves on the jacket; simplistic stud earrings and no neck jewelry.

Deacons and Deaconess Vestments: Exodus 28: 22-24 describes the purpose for two rings of gold on the edge of the breastpiece.  It reads “And you shall make for the breastpiece two rings of gold and put the two rings on the two edges of the breastpiece. 24 And you shall put the two cords of gold in the two rings at the edges of the breastpiece.” The two cords near the shoulders were attached to the Ephod and the two cords at the bottom of the breastplate to hold it in place.  

Gold Deacons Cords: The modern form of the two gold cords as described in the scripture, appears to bare some similarity to the shoulder cords.  Shoulder cords are most commonly used in military organizations, which signify the assignment given to individuals to perform specific duties for various high-ranking officers.

Military cords are worn on the left or right shoulder of service men and women.  The placement of the cord depends on a special mission, assignment or branch within the Service.  They are worn by personnel assigned to specific offices such as Aide-de-camps (general officer assistants).  They wear the cord on the left shoulder.  They assist general officers with carrying out administrative tasks associated with the responsibilities of that officer. 

Similarly, deacons are given to the church to carry out tasks necessary to sustain the church and to facilitate the ministry of the Pastor.  (See Acts 6:1-4) Since deacons/deaconesses are technically the pastors’ “right hand men/women”, wearing the cord on left shoulder would represent his or her dedication to ensure day-to-day functions of the church are taken care of while the Pastor focuses on the welfare of the church body. 

The wearing of the gold shoulder cords by the deacons and deaconesses during ordination/consecration services will signify a distinction between nationally and locally ordained deacons/deaconess.

Custom Ties or Scarves: Deacons and Deaconesses will wear special ties and scarves that can only be worn by nationally ordained deacons and deaconesses. These special order items can only be purchased from the CTI Registrar, 904-779-5469.

Black Suits: Deacons and deaconesses will wear solid black collar suits during their ordination/consecration and other “Class A” events. The suits must not contain any stripes, or other designs.  No other handkerchiefs, pins or other ornaments may be affixed. Women should wear modest jewelry and small studded earrings if she chooses. Suits to be purchased by candidates

Deacons White Shirts:  Deacons will wear solid white collar shirts, no stripes or designs; no button down collars. Shirts to be purchased by candidates.

Deaconesses White Blouses: Deaconesses will wear solid white blouses without a collar. Blouses to be purchased by candidates.

 

Ordained as Elders and Ministers

Total Price: $255.70

 

 Consecrated Women Ministry Vestments
 
Price: $159.00
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  • Features Stately Satin Around The Collar
  • Cuffs are Also Detailed With the Clergy Brocade
  • Exceptional Brocade Design Featuring a Clergy Pattern 
  • 2 Pc. Suit Also Includes the Full Length Skirt
  • Great Modern Design and Full Fit for Easy Movement
  • Sizes 10-24
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CTI Certified National Deacons
 
Total Price: $75.00
  • Must be CTI Certified to Order
  • Customized Gold and Black Deacon’s Tie With ByFaith Logo
  • Personalized with “COGBF National Deacon”
  • Matching Gold Shoulder Cords
  • Choose your own solid black suit, no stripes or design
  • Solid white shirt, with standard collar, no button down
  • Cords must be affixed to left top of jacket shoulder
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CTI Certified National Deaconess
 
Total Price: $75.00
  • Must be CTI Certified to Order
  • Customized Gold and Black Deaconess Scarf With ByFaith Logo
  • Personalized with “COGBF National Deaconess”
  • Matching Gold Shoulder Cords
  • Choose your own solid black suit, no stripes or design
  • Solid white blouse, with no collar, no button down
  • Cords must be affixed to left top of jacket shoulder
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