The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) ~ What we believe

Congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are committed to embracing unity with all Christians in our common affirmation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God (Matthew 16:16). God calls us together at the Lord’s Supper where Christ offers us a tangible experience of God’s grace. We believe that together we are called to study the scriptures, using reason and the best scholarship together with humble and prayerful spirits.

We trace our history to the restoration movement of the early 19th century. In response to the divisions then existing within Christianity, this movement sought to find the unity among all Christians for which Jesus prayed in John 17. By grace through faith we seek to live out this calling.

In covenant relationship with other Disciples congregations, we join together in our particular expression of faith. The Christian Church professes the following affirmations:


We are the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Our Mission is:

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 Vision is:

To be a faithful, growing church,
that demonstrates true community,
deep Christian spirituality and
a passion for justice.                 (Micah 6:8)

The Affirmation of Faith of
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

As members of the Christian Church,
   We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
   the Son of the living God,
   and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ’s name and by his grace
   we accept our mission of witness
   and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
   maker of heaven and earth,
   and in God’s covenant of love
   which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
   we enter into newness of life
   and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
   we are joined together in discipleship
   and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
   we celebrate with thanksgiving
   the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
   we receive the gift of ministry
   and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
   we yield ourselves to God
   that we may serve the One
   whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
   be to God forever. Amen.

(from the Preamble to the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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