Beliefs and Practices

The Disciples of Christ denomination began on the American frontier in the 1800s. Since then, we have proclaimed a Gospel of love and openness by affirming:

Inclusion at the Lord’s Table  Through communion we are connected to one another and to God through Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration of communion every week at the heart of our worship.

The practice of Believer’s Baptism and Open Membership  We practice baptism by immersion for those making an initial profession of faith as a personal commitment to God. Recognizing that traditions of the church universal are many and varied, we affirm and welcome members from any faith background and recognize all forms of baptism. 

The importance of scripture  We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, but recognize and appreciate both the human and divine influence. We value group study, conversation, and diverse positions within the community of faith. We seek a better understanding through study and prayer while celebrating diversity as a strength. 

Local polity The local congregation has authority over the life and ministries of the church, but is connected, by covenant, through the sharing and receiving of resources within the broader mission and vision of our denomination, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Lay Leadership Laypersons are encouraged to participate in both worship leadership, including serving at the Lord’s Table, and as ministry partners with ordained or licensed pastoral leaders in all the ministries of church life.

Ecumenical and Interfaith Relationships  We see the unity of the church universal as a foundational Christian principle. One of our denomination’s founders, Thomas Campbell, stated, “The church of Christ upon earth is essentially, intentionally, and constitutionally one.” We also believe that one of the greatest needs in our world today is interfaith dialogue, relationship, and respect for difference.