Building Community and Transforming Lives
by Loving God and all Creation
through Worship, Service, and Education
Jesus used storytelling as a way to build community and change lives. So do we. Community is a place where it is safe to tell your story and where your story can be met and enriched by the story of God’s love.
Community Christian Church is part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a community of about 3/4 million Christians in 3,700 congregations. We share the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)’s statement of identity:
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.
FREEDOM OF BELIEF—Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: following Jesus, who taught us to love God and love our neighbor. Believers are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer and are expected to extend the same freedom to others.
A good example of that is a year long discernment process here at Community in which we explored the idea of being more welcoming to all, being “open and affirming”. In December 2008 we came to consensus as a congregation and adopted the following statement: Community Christian Church is an open and affirming congregation, welcoming all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
MINISTRY OF BELIEVERS—By virtue of our baptism, following the example of Jesus, all members are called to be ministers to one another and servant to those in need.
SCRIPTURE—We are a “People of the Book.” We study the Bible to deepen our connection to God and others. We also affirm the role of tradition, reason and experience in discerning God’s will for our lives.
OPEN COMMUNION—We celebrate communion weekly. It is open to all who are hungry for God’s grace.
BAPTISM BY IMMERSION—In Baptism the old self-centered life is set aside and the new life of trust in God beings. While we practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.