- Open Communion. The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship and is open to all who believe in Jesus, the Christ.
- The Oneness of the Church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
- Freedom of Belief. As Disciples, we are called together around two essentials of faith. We believe in Jesus, the Christ, as our Lord and Savior. We believe that Christians are free to follow their conscience, guided by Bible study, the Holy Spirit, experience, and prayer. We are expected to extend that freedom to others.
- Baptism by Immersion. In baptism, the old self-centered life is set aside, washed away, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.
- The Ministry of Believers. Both ordained ministers and lay persons of both genders lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
- Above All. Jesus, the Christ, is the son of the Living God, who offers saving grace to all who seek it.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the U.S. in 1832. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus, the Christ, modeled on the New Testament. Today, we are over 3,700 congregations strong and still share that vision. The chalice symbol symbolizes our focus on the celebration of Holy Communion.