Who We Are As a Denomination Who We Are As a Congregation
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination. Our congregations are often referred to as The Christian Church, The Disciples of Christ, or more simply as The Disciples. The Christian Church was a charter participant in the formation of both the World Council of Churches and the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), and it continues to be engaged in ecumenical conversations.
A unique characteristic of Disciples churches is that local churches are congregationally governed. Our central body provides valuable resources and theologically sound guidance for churches and leaders, but it does not dictate a specific set of rules or beliefs that must be subscribed to. This relaxed relationship between the central body and the local churches creates a unique opportunity for congregations to build their ministry goals around the gifts and passions of their members. This results in Disciples of Christ congregations being quite unique from one to another. Some churches focus on social justice, others on family values and nurturing strong youth and children's programs, others on personal faith development, and many other differing, but complimentary, ministries.
The commonalities of our churches are captured on the official website for the Disciples of Christ. They are:
Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God,
All persons are God's children.
To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)
To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving, and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth."
The Lord's Supper is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
Freedom of belief
One essential of our faith is belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.
Baptism by immersion
A new life of trust in God begins with baptism. Baptism by immersion is preferred, but other practices of baptism are honored.
Belief in the oneness of the church
All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
The ministry of believers
Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
Click here to visit the Disciples of Christ web site.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a simple red chalice bearing the Cross of St. Andrew across the left side of the bowl. The chalice points to the centrality of the Lord's Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples who celebrate Communion each Sunday. The Lord's Supper is open to Christians of all persuasions and has been a central element of the church from its beginning in the early nineteenth century. The Cross of St. Andrew, national cross of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The color red signifies vitality, spirit and sacrifice.
a small to mid-size Disciples congregation that is welcoming and warm,
people who enjoy fellowship with one another, with persons from diverse backgrounds, and with people of all ages and ethnicities,
seekers who want to understand scripture in ways that respect both theological scholarship and our individual understanding of the nature of God,
a congregation that appreciates music of many genres and that is fortunate to have an array of gifted instrumentalists and vocalists who often share their talents with us.
Our Faith Statement:
We, the members of Bellevue Christian Church, confess that Jesus is the Christ, the son of the Living God and proclaim him Lord and Savior. We believe the mission of Bellevue Christian Church is:
To worship God by gathering weekly around the Lord's Table and committing ourselves to Christian unity,
To seek to know God and to make God known through study and teaching of the Scriptures,
To create a loving faith community that invites and cares for all of God's people.