Regional Office:
Christian Church in Virginia (DOC)
1290 Enterprise Dr. Lynchburg, VA 24502

Interim Regional Minister - Coretha Loughridge

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Office of General Minister and President (OGMP): Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins

 

Identity of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ

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.

Vision of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ

To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
– Micah 6:8

Mission of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ

To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8

Confession of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The confession is used in congregations as an affirmation of faith of the church throughout the ages, not as a test of fellowship, but as a statement of faith that identifies the Disciples’ commitment to and place within the universal and ecumenical church:

As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the World.
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
In Christ’s name and by his grace
we accept our mission of witness
and service to all people.
We rejoice in God,
maker of heaven and earth,
and in God’s covenant of love
which binds us to God and to one another.
Through baptism into Christ
we enter into newness of life
and are made one with the whole people of God.
In the communion of the Holy Spirit
we are joined together in discipleship
and in obedience to Christ.
At the Table of the Lord
we celebrate with thanksgiving
the saving acts and presence of Christ.
Within the universal church
we receive the gift of ministry
and the light of scripture.
In the bonds of Christian faith
we yield ourselves to God
that we may serve the One
whose kingdom has no end.
Blessing, glory, and honor
be to God forever. Amen.

Tapestry of Today

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a North American denomination. North America has long been racially and culturally diverse but church life is not always integrated. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) participates in the racial and cultural diversity of North America, including in its membership European Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Pacific Island/Asian Americans.  Disciples are working to become a pro-reconciling anti-racist church. We also have brothers and sisters in Canada who joined our movement with a slightly different history.
(excerpt from disciples.org)

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What does the chalice represent?

 

The Chalice points to the centrality of the Lord’s Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples. The Cross of St. Andrew, national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Disciples. St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and with evangelism, both of which have been prominent Disciples’ emphases. The color red signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice.

 

The chalice and St. Andrew’s Cross, symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) adopted by the church’s 1971 General Assembly, is a registered trademark with the United States Patent Office.