Who Are the Disciples of Christ?

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a mainstream Protestant denomination.  It began in the early 1800s and was the first denomination founded on American soil.  It includes over 700,000 members and over 3,700 congregations. Disciples can be found worshiping in English, Spanish, French, Creole, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Samoan, Chinese, Filipino, Chin, Mongolian and even sign language!  Here are some of our beliefs:


No Creed But Christ

We practice freedom of belief and encourage our members to develop their own theology along their journey of faith.  We acknowledge and welcome a diversity of beliefs within the framework of our shared Christian faith.

Open Membership

We welcome any professing Christian believer to be a member of the Disciples of Christ, and we do not require they be ‘re-baptized’ to join our denomination.

Believer’s Baptism

In the Disciples of Christ we practice baptism by immersion. When a person feels they are ready to begin their journey of faith they are baptized and welcomed as an official member of the church.  Infants are welcomed into the church family through a dedication service which affirms the family and congregation’s roles in raising that child in faith.DSCN0587crop

Open Communion

Anyone who confesses Jesus as personal Lord and Savior is invited to partake of communion. We do not put any fences around the communion table, for it is Jesus’ table. We also celebrate communion weekly.

Local Church Autonomy

Congregations in the Christian Church are self-governing.  They select their own leadership, own their own property, and manage their own affairs.  Decisions about membership, worship style, and outreach activities are made at the level of the individual congregation.

To read more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) go to www.disciples.org

Wikipedia also has a good description of our denomination and its history.