The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a "movement for wholeness in a fragmented world."
On the American frontier in the early 19th century, two movements were born to restore unity to the church of Jesus Christ by returning to the faith and practice of the New Testament and by discarding the use of human creeds as test of fellowship.
Led by Thomas and Alexander Campbell in Pennsylvania and by Barton W. Stone in Kentucky, these two movements merged into a Restoration Movement that became the foundation for what would eventually become the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The denomination continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.
The Vision of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
- Micah 6:8
The Mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth."
- Acts 1:8
The Confession of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
- The Preamble to The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The church is identified with the Protestant “mainstream” and is widely involved in social and other concerns. Disciples have supported vigorously world and national programs of education, agricultural assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the developmentally disabled and aid to victims of war and calamity.
The denomination now counts about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in about 3,700 congregations. Numerically, the strength of the Disciples of Christ runs in a broad arc that sweeps from Ohio and Kentucky through the Midwest and down into Oklahoma and Texas.