Disciples of Christ

DOC ChaliceThe Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded in the United States in the early 1800’s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that is a “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Our denomination continues to be influenced by the founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief. The church is identified with the Protestant “mainstream” and is widely involved in social and other concerns. The Disciples of Christ have supported vigorously world and national programs of education, agricultural assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the “least of these”, and aid to victims of war and disaster. The denomination now counts about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in about 3,700 congregations. 

For more about our denomination, see our national Disciples’ Web site. The national headquarters for the Disciples of Christ is located in Indianapolis.

Also, check out what Disciples in Indiana
 are doing.

“Movement For Wholeness” takes a look at the beliefs and practices of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as told through its members.  The 9-minute video also explains the Church’s identity statement and its four priorities of witness and work.

Disciples of Christ Identity Statement and Principles

Statement of Identity

We are the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.  As part of the one body of Christ,
we welcome ALL to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.  


Principles Of Identity

  1. We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and proclaim him our Lord and Savior.
  2. We hold the centrality of scripture, recognizing that each person has the freedom – and the responsibility – to study the Bible individually, as well as within the community of the church.
  3. We practice the baptism of believers, which emphasizes that God’s grace demands a response of faith and discipleship. We also recognize and honor the baptisms performed in other churches and traditions.
  4. We gather for the Lord’s Supper every Sunday, experiencing at this table the gracious, loving presence of Jesus Christ.
  5. We structure our community around the biblical idea of covenant, emphasizing not obedience to human authority, but accountability to one another because of our shared obedience to God. 
  6. We participate in God’s mission for the world, working with partners to heal the brokenness of creation and to bring justice and peace to all of God’s precious children.
  7. We witness to the Gospel of God’s saving love for the world in Jesus Christ, while continuing to honor how God’s love is known to others in different ways.
  8. We affirm the priesthood of all believers, rejoicing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  9. We celebrate the diversity of our life together, affirming our different histories, styles of worship, and forms of service.
  10. We give thanks that each congregation is truly the church, affirming as well that God’s church and God’s mission stretch from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.
  11. We anticipate the coming of God’s kingdom, and we seek to serve God – Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer – whose love has no end.