The Disciples of Christ is a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, they welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us. We believe our only creed is Christ, and we shouldn't burden our lives with confusing rules of fellowship. There is no test of membership beyond faith in God's love and the Christ we have in Jesus, who leads us to reconciliation with God and each other. Our emphasis is placed on living in ways that confirm our beliefs and understanding. At our best, we carry out a ministry that makes a difference in the world and reflects the good news of God's grace extended to all people.
Disciples practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why Disciples use a chalice as our logo.
Disciples practice a believers baptism – that a person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”
Disciples honor their heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.” One example is their cooperative work with the United Church of Christ in Global Ministries for the past 25 years and their newer effort to share staff in the area of family ministries.
Disciples are called to study and read scripture for themselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, Disciples critically and thoughtfully study scripture, considering the history and background – the context – in which it was written.
Disciples also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree, we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Their spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.
Disciples move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the areas of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. They seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say Disciples“get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.
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