What We Believe

We believe...

Our family of churches has always encouraged a democracy of ideas and freedom in Christian conscience.  Yet we also affirm the following fundamental beliefs:
 
Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God;
 
through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God;
 
at the table of the Lord we celebrate with thanksgiving the saving acts and presence of Christ.
 

We practice...

working with other denominations in an effort to affirm that we should all be One in Christ;
 
encouraging each Christian to study the Bible and discover God's will for their lives;
 
observing the Lord's Supper weekly as an act of thanksgiving, remembrance, and dedication to God.

10 Attributes that identify and clarify what is unique 

to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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 IMMERSION

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.

OPEN MEMBERSHIP 

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 SCRIPTURE

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 provides.

CONGREGATIONAL YET VOLUNTARILY CONNECTIONAL

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 LEADERSHIP

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 oversight.

A PRIORITY ON ECUMENICAL LIFE 

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.