Who Are Disciples?

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a uniquely American denomination. It was founded in America during the early 19th century as part of the Restoration movement. This movement sought to return to simple, biblical Christianity. Our founders Alexander Campbell in western Pennsylvania and Barton Stone in Kentucky, in isolation from one another, both set upon the idea of unity of all Christian believers regardless of denomination or church affiliation.   

The movements of Campbell and Stone shared ideas in common, These ideas included freedom and openness of Christian thought, Scripture as central, believer's baptism by immersion, weekly communion and congregational church government. Campbell is quoted as saying, "Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; and where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent." One of the most common sayings of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is "no creed but Christ," attesting to our deep faith in Christ as the revelation of faith and thought.

Now, over two hundred years later, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a diverse denomination, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, attempting to practice radical hospitality and welcome to all people. 

More information may be found at disciples.org.




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