We are a Protestant church belonging to a movement that arose in the US in the early 1800s as an alternative to denominations that were too focused on their institutional doctrines. These same doctrines are often used even today to deny and denounce the faith of many who profess to be Christians.
Since our beginnings, our efforts have been to restore the unity experienced in the very early Christian church. For this reason, we are identified as being part of the Restoration Movement.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), more commonly known simply as The Disciples, has consistently produced leadership that has helped foster Christian unity through dialogue among the many different Christian denominations. We were instrumental in the formation of both the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches because we believe that the Church of Christ should be dedicated to efforts for unity and not division.
From our conservative members to those more comfortable with their liberal beliefs, all have found themselves welcome. We believe the cause of Christ is advanced when Christian people of various leanings are able to unite to serve God.
Disciples’ membership is quite diverse. From the political leadership of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnston, Ronald Reagan, and James A. Garfield to Prime Minister of Great Britain David Lloyd George and US Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who established the Fulbright Scholarship program, we’ve shown our openness to opposing viewpoints. From artists as uniquely talented as poet Eliza R. Snow to actors John Stamos and Francis McDormand and authors General Lew Wallace (Ben-Hur) to Katherine Kurtz (fantasy novelist), Disciples have given much to the world, both spiritual and secular.
We welcome all to the table to share in worship with the breaking of the bread and drinking from the cup in the practice known as communion. It is here that we affirm the community of all believers.
Our faith is shaped by the way God still moves and inspires people to think and act in love toward each other.
We value all people for the God-given gifts that they have, rather than upon old traditional roles ascribed simply on the basis of one’s sex.