WHO ARE THE DISCIPLES?
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Protestant Denomination of approximately 800,000 members in the United States and Canada. It is one of the largest faith groups founded on American soil.
From our origins in the early 1800’s we have been motivated by the call of Christ to unite the Church as One. We think that it is essential that Christians learn how to talk with and work with each other.
Central Christian Church members are a cross-section of the community. Here people of every background and theology gather in a community of faith whose basic belief is that every person is called to follow Christ, and that one’s ability to follow is based upon their understanding of God and the Bible. We unite people across a wide spectrum of ideologies. For that reason you will find that we tend to view one another as followers of Christ and disavow the labeling that goes on far too often.
We believe that each individual’s faith is so personal that we cannot rigidly demand that they affirm certain dogmatic ideas and deny others. We readily welcome people from all backgrounds regardless of doctrinal convictions. The basic thinking of our church can be summarized as follows:
- Unity of all Christians through their common faith in Jesus Christ.
- Freedom of thought in matters of doctrine.
- Love and acceptance among all Christian people.
- Cooperation among all denominations promotes the love of Christ.
Our enduring slogan is; “In essentials unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things love.”
We seek to love all people and to value all people equally. We believe God shows no favoritism. We take Jesus at his word that he came to save all people. It is appropriate that we try to live up to expectations of Christ.