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History of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

As pastor of a new church start, I found it necessary to take time very early on in the life of the church to establish our identity. One of my Sunday morning teachings was on our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This is not a super in-depth historical presentation, but it's a simple overview of who we are: past, present, and future.
Taking time to share this with the folks was beneficial, especially for those that have been in the denomination for a while, and don't know much about the history. And, even for folks that are joining the new church that come from a different Christian tradition, or no religious background what so ever. It was worth the time to do this.
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History of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

  1. 1. Our Church: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) <ul><li>Rev. Samuel Robles Jr., M.Div. </li></ul><ul><li>May 3, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. 2. History <ul><li>Barton W. Stone was a Presbyterian Minister </li></ul><ul><li>Served a church in Cane Ridge, Kentucky </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted the historic Cane Ridge Revival of 1801 </li></ul><ul><li>He and others denounced all human creeds and appealed to the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>They “dissolved their denominational ties” </li></ul><ul><li>Called themselves, “Christians.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. History <ul><li>Thomas Campbell was born in Ireland, and came to America in 1807. </li></ul><ul><li>He refused to use Presbyterian creeds as terms of communion. (Pennsylvania) </li></ul><ul><li>He and others were called “Reformers.” </li></ul><ul><li>He and his son, Alexander, became part of a nearby Baptist Association. </li></ul><ul><li>They differed on key issues, so they cut their ties, and became knows as “Disciples.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. History <ul><li>Alexander Campbell is the son of Thomas Campbell. </li></ul><ul><li>He was a writer, and a debater. </li></ul><ul><li>Was in the leadership of the “Disciples of Christ.” </li></ul><ul><li>Founded Bethany College in 1840 (now West Virginia). </li></ul>
  5. 5. History <ul><li>In 1832, the “Christians” and the “Disciples of Christ” agreed on basic beliefs and united with a handshake in Lexington, Kentucky. </li></ul><ul><li>This created a new Christian movement on the American Frontier. </li></ul><ul><li>Often referred to as the “Stone-Campbell movement.” </li></ul><ul><li>This movement continued to grow and grow. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1968, in Kansas City, an assembly meeting approved the design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and became a denomination. </li></ul>
  6. 6. General Minister and President <ul><li>In 2005, the General Assembly voted Sharon Watkins as the first woman into the position of General Minister and President. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Chalice <ul><li>The chalice points to the centrality of the Lord’s Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples. </li></ul><ul><li>The Cross of St. Andrew, national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Disciples. </li></ul><ul><li>St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and with evangelism. </li></ul><ul><li>The color red signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Obra Hispana <ul><li>The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada has been involved in Hispanic Ministries for over 100 years! </li></ul><ul><li>In the late 1800s, the Church reached out and evangelized to Hispanics in Northern Mexico, Texas, and Puerto Rico. </li></ul><ul><li>This helped propel the development of Hispanic and Bilingual congregations in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>In the early 1900s, congregations were concentrated in Texas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mexican Christian Church in San Antonio - 1899 - first one </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Towards the mid-1900s, Hispanic Churches in the Northeast were organized. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>La Hermosa - 1939 - first Hispanic Disciples congregation in New York. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. “ Somos Uno” <ul><li>“ The Somos Uno logo expresses the goal of unity and growth that brought us to the creation of the National Hispanic and Bilingual Fellowship.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Hispanic National Pastor <ul><li>Rev. Dr. Huberto Pimentel </li></ul>
  11. 11. “We’re growing!” <ul><li>Over 200 Hispanic congregations in the United States and Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>One of them is bilingual: Spanish and French. </li></ul><ul><li>Many New Church Starts. </li></ul><ul><li>Seminary students around the country. </li></ul><ul><li>You are part of the growth! </li></ul><ul><li>“ A Movement for Wholeness” Video </li></ul>