Come and Discover the Disciples!
~ Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors ~
“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.”
–Disciples of Christ Statement of Identity
Who We Are and What We Believe:
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. We affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, who offers saving grace to all. Our congregation, which is self-governing, has been worshipping in Murray, Kentucky since 1832. Our characteristics include:
- Outreach. We exist to experience and share Christ through love and service, as we partner with God in building God’s Kingdom on earth.
- Open and Affirming. We welcome people from every background and orientation, knowing they will find acceptance with us and a place to share their spiritual journey with integrity.
- The Ministry of All Believers. We affirm the priesthood of all believers, rejoicing in the lay leadership of women, men, youth, and children alongside the minister in our worship services and ministries.
- Freedom of belief. Open discussion of issues is encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common. Our motto is: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, diversity. In all things, love.”
- Open Communion. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday at an open table, to which all are invited.
- Believer’s Baptism. We practice the baptism of believers, which emphasizes that God’s grace demands a response of faith and discipleship, while also recognizing the baptism performed in other churches.
The red chalice, bearing the "x-shaped" cross of St. Andrew symbolizes the centrality of the Lord's Supper to a Disciple's life. St. Andrew has been identified with the laity and evangelism, prominent emphases of the Disciples over the years. The red color of the chalice signifies vitality, spirit, and sacrifice.