Central Christian Church Pocatello Idaho

The Disciples of Christ

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a Protestant denomination of approximately 800,000 members in the US and Canada. It is one of the largest faith groups founded on American soil.


From our origins in the early 1800s, we have been motivated by the call of Christ to unite the Church as one. We believe it is essential that Christians learn how to talk to and work with one another.


Central Christian Church Pocatello Idaho members are a cross-section of our community. People of various backgrounds and theological beliefs gather as one community in faith under the basic belief that everyone is called to follow Christ and that a person’s ability to follow is based upon their understanding of God and the Bible. We unite people across a wide spectrum of ideologies and view one another as followers of Christ while disavowing labels.


Our church believes that each individual’s faith is personal, so we refuse to demand that they affirm certain dogmatic ideas while denying others. We openly welcome people from all backgrounds, regardless of doctrinal convictions. The basic thinking of our church can be summarized as follows:

  1. Unity of all Christians through their common faith in Jesus Christ.
  2. Freedom of thought in matters of doctrine.
  3. Love and acceptance among all Christian people.
  4. Cooperation among all denominations promotes Christ’s love.

Our enduring slogan is:
“In essentials unity; in non-essentials, freedom; and in all things love.”

We seek to love everyone and value them equally since God Himself shows no favoritism. We take Jesus Christ at His word that He came to save all people. It is only fitting that we try to live up to His expectations.

Our Beliefs and Practices

Belief in the Oneness of the Church

All Christians are called to be one in Christ and seek opportunities for common witness and service.

One of our early slogans is, “We are not the only Christians, just Christians only.”

The Ministry of Believers

Ministers and laypersons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth. We are motivated by the Apostle Paul's vision: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” We value each person for the gifts that God has given them. Therefore, you will find that we have no barriers to leadership regarding gender or ethnicity.


We affirm that the Holy Spirit has gifted people with leadership abilities. Because God does not discriminate, He equips everyone, regardless of their race or gender, to offer their gifts to the glory of God and in the service of all. Our church has been ordaining women as ministers for over 100 years.

Interfaith Relations

Central Christian Church Pocatello Idaho works with other denominations and faith groups to foster mutual appreciation and respect. We have participated in the Portneuf Valley Interfaith Fellowship since its inception and were part of the previous organizations that preceded it. In addition, we acknowledge how we differ from other faith communities while emphasizing how we can work with others to advance the common good.

Open Communion

The Lord’s Supper (i.e., Holy Communion) is celebrated in weekly worship by everyone who believes in Jesus as a reminder of His love for us.

Baptism by Immersion

Similar to a rite of passage, baptism is a tangible and symbolic response to the spiritual change that faith in Jesus brings to our lives. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptismal traditions are honored. In the past year, we have witnessed the baptisms of five children and three adults.

The Bible

As the Disciples of Christ, we emphasize the greater reality of how the Bible reveals God in Jesus Christ and shapes us to be faithful in our living. For us, the biblical mind has several dimensions. We also believe in a reasoned approach to the Bible, combining traditional interpretations and common sense. In addition, we adopt:

1. An empirical perspective in that we read the Bible in light of the knowledge that comes from the sciences.
2. A pragmatic perspective in that we are willing to test the teachings of the Scriptures and corresponding religious notions in our daily lives.
3. An ecumenical perspective in that we rely on the collective and common mind of the entire Church to understand how the Holy Scriptures have been used and applied through the ages and how they should be utilized in the present.

The chalice symbolizes the central place communion holds in the worship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The X-shaped cross of the Disciple Andrew is a reminder of each person’s ministry and the importance of sharing our faith experiences.


When Andrew met Jesus, he was moved by the encounter and invited his brother Peter to meet Christ. We, too, are motivated to invite others to meet Jesus and follow Him as their Savior and Lord.

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