Dear First Christian Church family,
Our church leadership have been in prayerful discussions about our church’s affiliation with the church denomination, the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Our research and inquiries led us to discover that the issues that were concerning to our church leaders were not unique to our church alone but have been a concern to a great number of churches that were once affiliated with the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ denomination. The denomination membership has been in a rapid decline for several years.
Many churches previously affiliated with the denomination found themselves in the same place we find ourselves today. Our church is committed to the belief and teaching that the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God and that the gospel declares that salvation is in Jesus Christ alone. The denomination has strayed from these bedrock foundational truths that the denomination founders, Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone, committed their work of ministry to.
I mentioned in our January 31st, 2021 worship service that we discovered a network of churches that were once affiliated with the denomination called Disciple Heritage Fellowship and hold to the same core values and beliefs that we embrace. I took time to do a question and answer session with the network’s church liaison, Rick Grace, to talk through some questions that we had and that you might have, too. I hope you will find this helpful as you join our church leaders in prayerfully considering our future affiliation with the denomination. Lastly, I encourage you to do your own homework and research.