The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) started in the late 1790's as a movement to bring about Church unity based on the 'restoration' of the New Testament practices and principles. It now numbers over one million members.Ours is a democratic church. The people themselves select their own ministers, write their own bylaws and conduct all the necessary business. We support and work through national and regional agencies to fulfill those aspects of Christ's mission which are beyond the local congregation.
Who are the Disciples of Christ?
To fulfill the vast responsibilities of the church to preach, teach and minister to all people through our outreach program shared with other congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).Feeling that Peter's confession faith, "you are the Christ, the Son of the living God," meets the needs of the simplest person as well as the profound scholar, we do not require submission to creed nor vote upon admitting new members.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice bearing the cross of St. Andrew across the left side of the bowl. The chalice symbolizes the centrality of the Lord's Supper in the life and worship of the Disciples. Red is the color of Christ's blood. St. Andrew, the national saint of Scotland, focuses attention on the Presbyterian roots of the Disciples.
Explanation of Our Symbol
The table is the Lords' and he invites everyone to partake in him and his grace, mercy and love. "we give you thanks oh God for refreshing us at your table by granting us the presence of Christ."
We Believe that the table is open to all people
The importance of the scripture as our guide. The unity of all Christians in Christ. The value of each person's gift for ministry empowered by God's spirit
We Believe in the centrality of Jesus Christ
A symbol of the burial of the old self and the birth of the new life that comes to one who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.The Lord's Supper - A weekly ceremony of commemoration, thanksgiving and fellowship. Open to all Believers.
We observe Baptism
The responsibility of the individual to study the Bible to discover what the Will of God is for your own life.
Confession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and baptism by immersion.If you are a member of another denomination, your statement of transfer is all that is required. The minister will be happy to discuss with you the difference in baptism, communion and other matters..
We Receive Members By...
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Missoula was first organized in 1885. The first building was dedicated in 1891 on corner of Broadway and Washington Streets. The current building was dedicated in May of 1960. The bell in the tower on the northeast corner of the property comes from the original building, as do the two stained glass panels in the front of our sanctuary.Throughout our History and current life together we remain focused on serving the needs of the people and families of Missoula as well as Christian missions throughout the world. We are an active and growing community of faith always seeking ways to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.