First Christian Church is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Chances are you are not familiar with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We are organized much like a Baptist Church, meaning that each congregation is self governed. And our theology is a swirl of Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian. We beg your pardon if that swirl gives you a headache! If you want to learn more please click here
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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) traces its roots to the Cane Ridge Revival of 1801.
Barton W. Stone was a Presbyterian pastor in Cane Ridge, Kentucky who yearned for the spiritual renewal others were experiencing as revival spread across the American Frontier. With these meetings hosted by the church he pastored, he observed the joyful cooperation of churches, pastors and Christians of many different denominations. Out of this grew the Christian Church movement with a vision for the unity of all Christians.
A few years later, two other then Presbyterian pastors, father and son, Thomas and Alexander Campbell, also had a vision for the unity of the church. Thomas wrote "that the church is essentially, intentionally, and constitutionally one." By 1830 this movement was known as the Disciples of Christ.
In 1832, these movements joined together, thus known today as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They were one of the few church groups that did not divide during the Civil War. After the war, a 40 year debate over the nature of the movement that came to be symbolized by the use of instrumental music in worship led to a separation from the Churches of Christ. And in 1926 a group left because they did not want to participate in cooperative missionary organizations, and over the next 40 years came to be known as Independents.
Guided by the vision of the unity of all Christians, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) increased its ecumenical involvement. In 1968 they adopted the Design that defined the mission and structure of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) we know today.
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