About Disciples Of Christ
What We Believe
“We are 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.”
What does that mean?
We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table.
We practice believer baptism by immersion.
We are a movement for Christian Unity.
We study the scriptures critically and thoughtfully.
We answer God’s call for justice.
In the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations are connected to each other and to the whole church by a common covenant that continues to allow for each expression of church life (congregational, regional, and general) to be self-governing and to make decisions that are only binding upon the body that has taken the decision. Each expression thus has its own rights and responsibilities – all set within a mutual covenantal accountability. For a fuller description of this covenantal relationship, please read the first section that relates to congregations (see paragraphs 1-4 in The Design of the Christian Church).
Regions are the geographic expression of the church. There are currently 31 regions. Each is a self-governing ministry – a community of communities that is covenantly accountable to the general church through participation in the General Board and General Assembly. Each organizes itself and makes independent decisions about the region’s property, budgets, assemblies, and called leadership. The region nurtures, supports and engages congregations as unique entities that extend the ministry of Christ in mission, teaching, witness, and service. All regions provide leadership in matters such as standing and credentialing of ministers, relocation of pastors and congregational support, connecting congregations with general church resources. Regional ministers often serve as mentors to local pastors, congregations and clergy. They often offer training and other services to congregations as the regional governing organization sees need.
General Church Information
As early as the 1840s, leaders in the Stone-Campbell movement saw a need to organize on a broader scale. Some ministries, such as care for the disadvantaged and funding educational institutions, benefit from a wider base of support. After a number of different models of cooperation, in 1968 the general ministries came together as one Church, in the current covenantal relationships in The Design. The general expression of the church is dedicated to equipping congregations to be and share the Good News from their doorsteps to the ends of the earth. The self-governing ministries work together to support the local congregation and regions. Congregations provide critical financial support to these ministries through Disciples Mission Fund. General Ministries are covenantally accountable to the General Board and General Assembly, providing in-depth reports, participation and leadership to both bodies.