Who are the Disciples of Christ

chalice02The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.

The Disciples Vision, Mission, Imperative and Covenant statement calls the communion to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.

OUR VISION
The Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
(Micah 6:8)

OUR MISSION
This Mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.”
(Acts 1:8)

OUR HOPE
Our tradition seeks to share and witness our faith from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.

BASIC BELIEFS

  • Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God
  • The Bible is our primary book of authority and instruction
  • We believe unity of the church is essential to God’s mission in the world
  • We believe in the presence and empowerment of all people through the Holy Spirit
  • We practice the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  • We recognize our church is part of the larger church and Body of Christ
  • We believe worshiping, study, outreach, and fellowship are the four foundations of our faith

STATISTICS ON OUR WIDER CHURCH

  • 700,000 -Total number of members tin our churches in the United States and Canada
  • 3800 – Number of congregations in the United States and Canada
  • The state of Texas has the largest numbers of Disciples of Christ members in the nation
  • You will find Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American churches in our Christian movement


Disciples of Christ Beliefs

Core Beliefs

  • We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of the world
  • We believe the unity of the church is essential to God’s mission to the world
  • We believe the primary authority for the church’s life is the Bible
  • We believe the Bible is the primary source of God’s revelation Jesus Christ
  • We believe in the empowerment of all people through the Holy Spirit
  • We believe in the “priesthood of all believer”
    • Ministers and members share in being servants of Christ’s church
    • Men and women share leadership throughout the life of the church
    • God provides gifts to each person to be shared in the church and world
  • We believe the word “covenant” best describes our understanding of our connection to Christ’s church:
    • We covenant with other members to be a faithful local church
    • We covenant with other churches in our denomination
    • We covenant with other expressions of the church: regional and general church
    • We covenant with Christians in other denominations and expressions of church
  • We believer in two sacraments: baptism and communion
    • We practice a believer’s baptism by full immersion, and we accept those who were baptized in other Christian traditions
    • We celebrate the communion as an open table to any who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives
    • The bread and cup celebrated at communion are representative of the body and blood of Jesus Christ

Values

  • We are a house of prayer for all people
    1. This saying is on the cornerstone of our sanctuary
    2. We seek to be a welcoming and hospitable community to any searching for meaning and purpose in God’s world
    3. We are a church community that welcomes those desiring to be active and involved or those seeking rest for their souls
  • We look to the church, God’s community of love, …
    1. As a people of God
    2. As the body of Christ
    3. As a church both local and universal
    4. As a community of faith inclusive, diverse, and welcoming
    5. As a body that studies together and supports one another
    6. As a body that worships celebrating baptism and observes the Lord’s Supper weekly
    7. As a body that is in covenant with the different expressions of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – General, Regional, and Local
  • The communion table is our meeting ground tin which we discover
    1. Our commonness in Christ
    2. The celebration of our diversity
    3. A place to find an experiential connection to Christ
    4. Our individual and communal voice as a church

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