WHAT WE BELIEVE

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.

+ from The Preamble of the Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

 

Disciples affirm:

Open Communion.  The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship services, and is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief.  Disciples are called together by belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Persons are free to follow their consciences, guided by the Bible, Holy Spirit, study, and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others. 

We hold the centrality of scripture, understanding that each person has both the freedom and the responsibility to study God's Word within the community of the church.

Baptism by Immersion. Just as the baptism represents the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it symbolizes the death and burial of the old self of the repentant believer, and the joyous birth of a brand new being in Christ.  The meaning of baptism is grounded in God’s redemptive action in Christ and incorporates the believer into the faith community.

Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptismal traditions are honored.

Belief in the Oneness of the Church.  All Christians are called to be one in Christ, and to work together in showing God's love through witness and service.  We celebrate our diversity within the one body of Christ.

The Ministry of All Believers.  Both ordained and commissioned clergy and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.  We affirm the priesthood of all believers.

Each congregation is self-governing and calls its own pastor/s.