Loving People into a
Relationship with Jesus Christ
You might be wondering, what's it really like at Central Christian Church? Simply stated, at Central, we're all about Jesus. You won't be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation. And we don't care how you're dressed or what candidate you voted for. Our church is made up of imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable.
Want to know the best part? No matter what you've been through or what questions you might have about God and faith, our church is a place where you'll find the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone.
History: Disciples of Christ
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a community of about 800,000 Christians in 3,800 congregations in the United States and Canada. Two groups of frontier Christians came together in 1832 to form the foundation of today’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). They shared the view that people should not be excluded from fellowship in the church because they didn’t adhere to a particular human-made creed. They used to say there is “no creed but Christ.” Today’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) still thinks that way. We study the Bible to deepen our connection to God through Jesus Christ and to discover what God wants us to do.
Some Disciples have liberal views. Others have conservative views. But we share the belief that we are united in our faith that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Savior of the World.” Two really important things to Disciples are communion and baptism. We celebrate communion, or the Lord’s Supper, each time we get together to praise God. The communion table is open to all believers. We like it when there are a lot of different people at communion. We believe that Christ heals the pain of human separation around the communion table.
People who become Christians in a Disciples congregation do a couple of things. First, they say “I believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Then, usually on another day, they are baptized – that is, they are lowered fully underwater (we call that baptism by “full immersion”) in a small pool right in the church. When they come up they are new people in Christ and their congregation pledges to support them and help them grow into a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ. People who have been baptized in another way in another Christian tradition are welcome. They don’t have to be immersed to get in.
Disciples’ congregations own their own property and have full control of their budgets and program. They decide whom to call as a pastor. Pastors may be men or women.
Central Christian Church is a church that is concerned with the spiritual growth of the members and feels that goal is best accomplished in an open and non-threatening environment. So, we have no creeds that one must recite to join, and we enjoy a diversity of beliefs that makes discussions rich and challenging. The only requirement for fellowship is that a person believes that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” We are of the Protestant tradition and we practice adult baptism by immersion. We celebrate the Lord’s work on the cross by taking communion each time we worship. Still — we have a unique identity as a congregation. Below are four statements that try to define our place in the Body of Christ.
We believe that “in Christ” there are no divisions, so women and men share in leadership.
We believe in each person’s responsibility to interpret God’s Word, so we study the Bible.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is to unite us, so all who believe in Jesus as the Christ are welcome.
We believe in the church universal, so we receive members from other congregations without requiring rebaptism.