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First Christian Church

1970 N Wabash Rd
Marion, IN  46952-1308


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About Disciples of Christ

The Design for the Christian Church Vision and Mission


The Disciples of Christ Church began as a movement rather than seeking to become a denomination.  We desire to foster the unity of the church for the sake of Christ's mission.  Here are a few of our key attributes:

    * The weekly observance of the Lord's Supper
  • Disciples' life is centered at the table.  Through communion we are connected to one another and to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    * Believer's baptism by immersion
  • We demonstrate our commitment to God by dramatic action, letting the waters of our baptism give witness to God's grace upon us.

    * Open membership
  • We do not insist that our baptismal practice is the only one that is valid.  We know that baptism is God's action far more than our own.

    * An attitude of tolerance and a rejection of creeds as tests of faith
  • We celebrate diversity as strength rather than weakness, and do not expect everyone's interpretation of the Bible or the Christian life to be identical.

    * The importance of Scripture
  • We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and is best heard and understood within the community of faith with the diverse insight that context provides.

    * Congregational yet voluntarily connected
  • We give the local congregation authority over their life and ministries, and yet share resources freely with a connected church, our denomination, knowing that the mission of the church is not just local.

    * The inclusion of the leadership of women
  • We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all and do not restrict the office or role in the life of the church by gender.

    * An emphasis on lay leadership
  • Aside from performing weddings which is regulated by the state, lay persons in our church are permitted and encouraged to do all things, including presiding and offering the Eucharistic prayers at the Lord's Table, often restricted to ordained clergy in other denominations.

    * An educated clergy
  • We set educational and professional standards for ministers - commissioned and ordained, and hold our clergy to ethical accountability through denomational oversight.

    * A priority on ecumenical life
  • Disciples earnestly pray and strive for the unity of the church and attempt to work in ways that bridge the separation of Christ's body.

For more information, please visit the Disciples website.
Or you can visit the Indiana Regional Disciples website.

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