Who We Are, What We Believe, What We're Like

Since its origin in the early 1800s as an American frontier movement, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has attempted to increase respect and understanding among Christian believers of all denominations.  Our movement strives for a Christian faith which is both socially relevant to the era in which we live and intellectually sound -- while attempting to hold true to the teachings of Jesus and the practices of the New Testament Churches.

We have no “creeds” that are required; there is no set of beliefs about God that you must profess in order to count this as your church community or to become a member.  All we ask you, should you wish to formally become a member, is “Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and do you take Him as your Savior?”

We know that there are likely dozens of other issues of faith and life that you will have both questions and your own beliefs about.  We celebrate that!  Each individual has both the right and the responsibility to work out for him- or herself beliefs about these other matters of faith and life.  But you will find here a company of friends who will be eager to help you do that – through our Christian Education opportunities and other informal ways that we learn more about our faith.

One of our movement’s early slogans still fits for our congregation today: 

 “In essentials, unity;

in non-essentials, freedom;

in ALL things, love.”

 And here are some things that describe what we’re like:

  •  We find our unity in Christ, not in particular positions on theological, political or other issues.
  • We seek to be Bible-based in our thinking and doing, yet we affirm that right of each to think for him- or herself.
  • We have the freedom to differ in opinion.
  • We encourage all to read and interpret God’s word.
  • We believe in helping others in need at home and around the world.
  • We own our buildings, shape our ministries and select our clergy.
  • We believe every member has gifts to share in ministry and leadership.
  • We value cooperation among all Christians and churches.
  • We celebrate communion, the Lord’s Supper every Sunday, and EVERYONE is welcome.
  • We practice baptism (typically  when someone is about twelve or older) by immersion while accepting other forms of baptism.
  • We are trying to be a movement for wholeness in a hurting world.
  • We won’t tell you what you “have to” believe.
  • We try not to judge – and we truly do want to welcome everyone.
  • We believe that God calls both men & women into church and ministerial leadership.