We Are Disciples

Called to Christian unity
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

"We hear a special calling to make visible the unity of all Christians, proclaiming that in our diversity we belong to one another because we commonly belong to Christ."

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Living in covenant
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

"We structure our community around the biblical idea of covenant, emphasizing not obedience to human authority but accountability to one another because of our shared obedience to Christ."

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Engaging in mission
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

"We participate in God’s mission for the world, working with partners to heal the brokenness of creation, and to bring justice and peace to the whole human family."

It’s hard to think of a more ambiguous...

An identity worth celebrating
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

“We practice the baptism of believers, which emphasizes that God’s grace demands a response of faith and discipleship, while also recognizing the baptism performed in other churches.”

Not so long ago, baptism was a source of...

People of the table
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

“We gather for the Lord’s Supper as often as possible, experiencing at this table the gracious, forgiving presence of Jesus Christ.”

This may well be our most obvious, defining mark as a church. Disciples are like the Catholic, Orthodox,...

A people of the book
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

"We hold the centrality of scripture, recognizing that each person has the freedom — and the responsibility — to study God’s word within the community of the church.”

Surveys tell us that people today often join a congregation because of its youth...

Called to unity
Michael Kinnamon
Kinnamon

"We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us."

Disciples have always had trouble saying who we are. Alexander Campbell and Barton...

What we affirm
Michael Kinnamon
Kinnamon

Last month, we examined the Statement of Identity produced by the Disciples Vision Team: “We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” In this article, I want us to think about the first of the Vision Team’s 12 marks of identity: “We confess that...

A people of hope
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

“We anticipate God’s coming reign, seeking to serve the one God — Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer — whose loving dominion has no end.”

Christians live not just by memory but by anticipation. This tension — remembering what God has done for our...

Celebrating diversity
Michael Kinnamon
Michael Kinnamon

"We celebrate the diversity of our common life, affirming our different histories, styles of worship, and forms of service."

Any church that emphasizes both unity and freedom had better be prepared to celebrate diversity. Disciples have been...

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