I have been steeped
in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from
my birth. That has been foundational to my faith
and witness as an ordained Disciples pastor. The
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded
in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking
to move beyond denominational disagreements, the
founders envisioned a united
church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament.
Disciple congregations today share these
* Each congregation is self-governing
and calls its own pastor.
* Worship services may be formal or
informal, and include lay women and men in
* Open discussion of issues is encouraged.
Diversity of opinion is common.
* We are growing in racial and ethnic
affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living
God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples
also believe that all persons are children of God.
Disciples practices and beliefs include:
Open Communion - The Lord's
Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in
weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in
Freedom of Belief - Disciples are
called together around one essential of faith:
belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons
are free to follow their consciences guided by the
Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are
expected to extend that freedom to others.
Baptism by Immersion - In baptism the
old self-centered life is set aside, and a new
life of trust
in God begins. Although Disciples
practice baptism by immersion, other baptism
traditions are honored.
Belief in the Oneness of the Church -
All Christians are called to be one in Christ and
to seek opportunities for common witness and
The Ministry of Believers - Both
ministers and lay persons lead in worship,
service, and spiritual growth.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white
St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the
central place of communion in worship. The
X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a
reminder of the ministry of each person and the
importance of evangelism.
Rebecca Russell, Media and
Hove, Child Care
Abbi Nelson, Pianist
GOD’s Love… Hope… Joy…
Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
* 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317