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What Do Disciples Believe?

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About Disciples Church

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), often called the Disciples of Christ or Christian Church, is a denomination of Christian Protestantism that grew out of the Restoration Movement founded by Presbyterians, Thomas Campbell and Alexander Campbell of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and Barton W. Stone of Kentucky. There are about 800,000 members in the United States and Canada.

BELIEFS AND PRACTICES"As Disciples we have beliefs and practices in common with all sorts of Christians. These apparent similarities sometimes are superficial, sometimes fundamental. We baptize by immersion, so we look like Baptists. We have Communion every Sunday, so we look a bit like Roman Catholics. We stress the ministry of the laity, so we look a little like Quakers. Our congregations call their pastors rather than accepting assigned ministers, so in that respect we look like Presbyterians. We rely heavily on preaching and teaching, so we look somewhat like Methodists. We have congregational government, so we look a lot like the United Church of Christ."