First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Who We Are
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the oldest mainline Protestant denomination founded on American soil. We began in the early nineteenth century on the American frontier when Presbyterian ministers Thomas and Alexander Campbell, and Baptist minister Barton Stone, troubled by the many divisions among Christians, decided to work toward unity under the principles and practices of the New Testament church.
The Campbell/Stone movement emphasized freedom and diversity. The only test for membership is that one makes a public confession that “Jesus is the Christ, Son of the living God” and accepts Him as Lord and Savior.
We baptize by immersion but accept Christians baptized by other means. All Christians are invited to celebrate communion every Sunday. Each congregation calls its own pastors and is governed by a board elected by the congregation.
One of our more distinctive qualities is the role women play in the leadership. Both men and women are encouraged to hold office in the church, including minister, elder and deacon.
The preamble to The Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) expresses our shared affiliations in this way:
“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.
We rejoice in God, maker of Heaven and earth, and in the covenant of love which binds us to God and one another.
Through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.
Within the universal church we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory and honor be to God forever. Amen”