that identify and clarify what is unique to the Christian Church (Disciples of
The weekly observance of
the Lord's Supper
Disciples' life is centered at the table. Through communion we are connected to
one another and to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believer's baptism by
Following the earliest tradition of the church, we demonstrate our commitment
to God by dramatic action, letting the waters of our baptism give witness to
God's grace upon us.
Recognizing that the traditions of the whole church are many and varied, we do
not insist that our baptismal practice is the only one that is valid. We know
that baptism is God's action far more than our own.
An attitude of tolerance
and a rejection of creeds as tests of faith
We celebrate diversity as strength rather than weakness, and do not expect
everyone's interpretation of the Bible or the Christian life to be identical.
The importance of
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and is best heard and
understood within the community of faith with the diverse insight that context
We give the local congregation authority over their life and ministries, and
yet share resources freely with a connected church, our denomination, knowing
that the mission of the church is not just local.
The inclusion of the
leadership of women
We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all and do not restrict any
office or role in the life of the church by gender.
An emphasis on lay
Aside from performing weddings which is regulated by the state, lay persons in
our church are permitted and encouraged to do all things, including presiding
and offering the Eucharistic prayers at the Lord's Table, often restricted to
ordained clergy in other denominations.
An educated clergy
We set educational and professional standards for ministers-licensed and
ordained, and hold our clergy to ethical accountability through denominational
A priority on ecumenical
Disciples earnestly pray and strive for the unity of the church and attempt to
work in ways that bridge the separation of Christ's body.