The Church of Christ is the oldest non-denominational Christian
fellowship in the world. For most people, “non-denominational”
means “no ties to any overseeing body – an independent local
congregation.” That definition suits us well, but it doesn't mean
we are just one congregation. There are over 15,000
congregations, all calling themselves the Church of Christ,
throughout the United States. There are an additional 15,000
congregations in 73 foreign countries. Each congregation
governs itself independently from all the others and any
overseeing board. We have no official “headquarters.” No
governing body mandates or dictates doctrine. And yet, we are
very united in our attitude toward the Bible, in the way our
congregations are governed, in our concept of the Christian life,
and in the way we believe people become Christians.
The Bible speaks of the Church as the Body of Christ, God's
Household, and God's Kingdom. There is but one Church, just as
there is only one body of Christ.
That said, the Bible does mention "churches." There was a
Church in Philippi, another in Corinth, several in Galatia, one in
Jerusalem and Antioch and at least seven in Asia Minor. But
these were not all different denominations. These were simply
local gatherings of Christians. None of them would have claimed
to be the only Church, but they would all have claimed to be part of
the one Church, united in the way they became Christians and the
way they followed Jesus..
Denominationalism is and has always been divisive. Historically,
in this country, much of our early outreach was designed to call
people to Christian unity. Even today, we do not call people to be
"Church of Christ" people, but simply "Christians" as God intended
them to be.
People of Restoration Spirit
Members of churches of Christ are a people of restoration spirit -
wanting to restore in our time the Christianity of the New
Dr. Hans Kung, a well-known European theologian, published a
book a few years ago entitled The Church. Dr. Kung lamented the
fact that the established church has lost its way; has become
burdened down with tradition; has failed to be what Christ planned
it should be.
The only answer, according to Dr. Kung, is to go back to the
scriptures to see what the church was in its beginning, and then to
recover in the twentieth century the essence of the original church.
This is what Churches of Christ are seeking to do.
In the latter part of the 18th century, men of different
denominations, studying independently of each other, in various
parts of the world, began to ask:
- Why not go back beyond denominationalism to the simplicity and
purity of the first-century church?
- Why not take the Bible alone and once again continue
"steadfastly in the apostles' teaching..." (Acts 2:42)?
- Why not plant the same seed (the Word of God, Luke 8:11), that
first century Christians planted, and be Christians only, as they
They were pleading with everyone to throw off denominationalism,
to throw away human creeds, and to follow only the Bible.
They taught that nothing should be required of people as acts of
faith except that which is evident in the scriptures.
They emphasized that going back to the Bible does not mean the
establishment of another denomination, but rather a return to the
Members of churches of Christ are enthusiastic about this
approach. With the Bible as our only guide we seek to find what
the original church was like and restore it exactly.
We do not see this as arrogance, but the very opposite. We are
saying that we do not have the right to ask for men's allegiance to
a human organization - but only the right to call upon men to follow
So Churches of Christ plead for religious unity based upon the
Bible. We believe that to subscribe to any creed other than the
New Testament, to refuse to obey any New Testament command,
or to follow any practice not sustained by the New Testament is to
add to or take away from the teachings of God.
Church of Christ
You may not be
familiar with this
church, all that we
do and the
language we use,
but we want you to
know that we are
just simple people
trying to live like
Jesus. We struggle
in life just like we
imagine you do, but
we have found joy,
assurance in our
walk with Jesus.
We would love to
share our journey
in life with you,
pray with you and
read the word of
God together with
you. We don't claim
to have all of the
answers but we
believe that all
answers are found
we believe in
want to grow in our
relationship with the
Lord, with one
another and with