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A Brief Description of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of religious movements that began on the American frontier in the early 1800s.  These movements tried to find ways to establish churches on the frontier despite obstacles caused by denominational churches.  Throughout its history, The Christian Church has celebrated the unity of all Christian churces, despite their denominational differences.  In an attempt to model this unity, the movement's early leaders tried to model their congregations on the early churches described in the New Testament.
 
Congregations involved in this movement eventually became recognized as Disciples (a recognition that was formalized in 1968 when the congregations officially became The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)).  Even though each Disciples congregation is autonomous, controlling its own affairs, owning its own property, and calling its own ministers, there are similarities.   The Lord's Supper is celebrated each Sunday.  Lay leadership is recognized throughout the life of the congregations.  The Bible has a central role in the life of the congregation.  And serious Christians meet to discuss -- and sometimes even disagree -- over important matters of faith.
 
Disciples recognize three manifestations of the Christian Church -- congregational, regional, and general -- but emphasize that these manifestations are co-equal, rather than hierarchical.  Central Christian Church is an an active congregation in both the West Virginia region and the General church.  (See also Regional and General Ministries.)
 
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