The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.
The church is identified with the Protestant “mainstream” and is widely involved in social and other concerns. Disciples have supported vigorously world and national programs of education, agricultural assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the developmentally disabled and aid to victims of war and calamity.
The denomination now counts about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in about 3,700 congregations. Numerically, the strength of the Disciples of Christ runs in a broad arc that sweeps from Ohio and Kentucky through the Midwest and down into Oklahoma and Texas.
To learn more of our denomination, understand that we:
- Believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of the world.
- Observe the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion) each Sunday and invite all Christians to participate.
- Believe in the ecumenical nature of the church and affirm that no one church or denomination has a “corner on the truth.” Therefore, many of our members have diverse faith backgrounds.
- Respect and value other religious faiths.
SouthPark Christian Church is a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination. The Disciples’ Statement of Identity is: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.” To learn more, go to http://www.disciples.org/
We are also part of the North Carolina Region of Disciples of Christ. Learn more at http://www.ncdisciples.org/.
If you are interested in the Disciples’ beautiful retreat center, Christmount, please go to www.christmount.org
One of Christmount’s ministries is Camp Lakey Gap, for people with autism. For more information, go to www.christmount.org/camplakeygap