-Disciples Identity Statement
Founded in the early 1800s in the United States, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Our founders, Barton Stone and Alexander Campbell, were seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements. They envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament.
Today, our denomination continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief. While each of our 3,700 congregations is unique, we still share many characteristics.
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