The Bible is viewed as God’s revealed word & is authoritative for us. Members are encouraged, through prayer & study, to develop their own positions on the issues. Beliefs within the church vary on the inerrancy of Scripture. The church has people who are conservative & fundamentalist while others are liberal. Members are allowed freedom of opinion on matters of faith & are expected to allow others this same freedom.
Belief in Jesus Christ as Savior is the only requirement for salvation.
We reach out & strive to work with other Christian denominations. We belong to the National Council of Churches & the World Council of Churches. Issues of social justice are a priority.
Baptism is viewed as symbolic of the death, burial, & resurrection of Jesus Christ. It represents a cleansing of sin, new birth, & new life as part of the faith community.
We practice open communion. All believers in Christ, regardless of church affiliation, are welcome to receive the bread & wine. There, the living Christ is met & we celebrate the Lord’s Supper each Sunday, as the central part of our worship.
The Priesthood of All Believers
All members, as part of the body of Christ, have a ministry as they live out their faith, both within & outside of the church. The denomination has ordained clergy & lay people also play important roles in the church. We ordain women, who also serve as elders & deacons.
We practice believer’s baptism as people are mature enough to understand the meaning of this sacrament. Baptism is by immersion, however, we accept members from other denominations by a simple transfer of faith, without having to be baptized again.
Once again, all believers in Christ are invited to participate in this sacrament. It is viewed as the central & most important part of the worship experience.
The Chalice is the emblem of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It points to the centrality of the Lord’s Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples who celebrate communion each Sunday. The Cross of St. Andrew focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A tipped chalice communicates the dynamic out-pouring, self-giving nature of the church.