Resistance to the observance of the Christian year is deeply entrenched in the Church of God, Cleveland, tradition. Such formal worship practices have long been considered a hindrance to the believer’s freedom and spontaneity in responding to the power of the Holy Spirit. Little movement toward full adoption of the Christian year exists, but the use of modified portions of the yearly calendar is becoming more frequent.
Praise choruses with accompanying instrumental support give emotional impact to the proclaimed message in these Church of God congregations. While the decorative arts are used minimally, drama is often featured. Dance, however, remains controversial.