Discover the Disciples (PDF)
Disciples of Christ congregations celebrate the Lord's Supper every Sunday; the table is open. That means that all Christians are invited to respond to Christ's invitation to draw closer to Him around the communion table. For Disciples, the open table is a powerful symbol of our deep commitment to the Christian unity. The open table honors diversity even as it celebrates unity in Christ.
Like most Christians, Disciples Affirm:
- Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God
- All persons are God's children
Beliefs and practices usually associated with Disciples include:
- Open Communion. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
- Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to followtheir consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
- Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
- Belief in the oneness of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
- The ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
Who is a Christian?
I answer, everyone that believes in one’s heart that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, the Son of God; repents of one’s sins, and obeys him in all things according to none’s measure of knowledge of his will.
---Alexander Campbell, 19th Century Disciples forebear
Our Vision – Disciples of Christ
To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)
Our Mission – Disciples of Christ
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)