The Story of The Christian Church Disciples of Christ
In Frontier America the desire for freedom that led to the American Revolution was also felt in religion. The American settlers searched for :
Simplicity and Unity - Many Americans wished to reform existing denomination and to unify them into one Christian Church based on a simple New Testament faith. They hoped for a new approach to religion that would free them from
European church structures, which didn't meet America's needs.
Freedom and Practicality - Frontier people lived by their own ingenuity. They wanted practical, down - to - earth religion to help them cope with and understand a hard life. As individuals, they felt they could read and interpret the Bible for them selves and build faith on reason.
The Christian Church Disciples of Christ was born out of this search.
1804 - Presbyterian minister Barton W. Stone and several followers broke their denominational ties to enter into unity with "the body of Christ at large." The called themselves simply "Christians."
1811 - A group led by Presbyterian minister Thomas Campbell and his son, Alexander, began meting independently, saying the church of Jesus Christ was one, open to all.
1820 - Alexander Campbell began public debates which, along with his writing, propelled him into leadership of the "Disciples of Christ."
1832 - The "Christians" and the "Disciples of Christ" joined together with a formal handshake. They agreed pon basic beliefs and aims.
1849 - First national convention held in Cincinnati and missionary society organized.
TODAY - The Christian Church Disciples of Christ is one of the largest churches founded on American soil! There are more than 650,000 members in nearly 3,900 congregations across the U.S. and Canada.