Disciples of Christ congregations, both among themselves and within each congregation, hold to a wide variety of beliefs. But there is uniformity in our commonly held belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Furthermore, we believe that all persons are God's children.
Following are our core practices:
1. Open Communion. The Lords Supper, also known as Communion or the Eucharist, is celebrated weekly in worship, and is offered to all people who desire to participate.
2. Believer's baptism by immersion. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored among those who wish to become members by transfer. We joyfully celebrate "Parent-Child Dedications" for infants and young children. We also welcome our unbaptized friends to participate in all facets of our community.
3. Freedom of belief. Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: 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 their freedom to others.
4. Belief in the oneness and unity of the church. All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.
5. The ministry of believers. Both ordained clergy and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth. There are no systems of hierarchy that preclude those who wish to lead and serve from doing so.
6. No creed but Christ. We are a non-creedal church who together only confess to follow Jesus Christ.