Disciples of Christ

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 Identity Statement

Learn more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) here. For more information about our regional ministry, please visit the Christian Church in North Carolina.

School for Congregational Leadership at Barton College

Barton College invites lay leaders and people interested in becoming Disciples of Christ commissioned ministers to attend the School for Congregational Leadership overseen by Dr. Rodney Werline.

The Fall Term for 2016 includes two course offerings: Introduction to the New Testament (Dr Rodney Werline is the instructor from 8:30-11:30 am) and Disciples of Christ History and Polity (Dr. Richard Harrison is the instructor from 12:30-3:30 pm). The class dates are: 8/27, 9/10, 9/24, 10/1, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, and 12/3. Each course costs $200. For more information, please contact Dr. Werline at rawerline@barton.edu .

People interested in becoming Disciples of Christ ministers must also contact the Regional Minister to begin working with the Christian Church in North Carolina Commission on Ministry.

Camp Caroline Open House & Dedication

The Christian Church in NC invites all churches to the open house and dedication for Phase II of the Jack & Gladys Lee Multipurpose Building at Camp Caroline. The event is Saturday, June 6, 2015. The gates open at 1 pm for fellowship activities. The program begins at 2, and it is followed by refreshments.

Broad Street folks are encouraged to attend and enjoy family day during this event.

Summary of Disciples’ Identity

The following aspects of the church identify the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

Weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper. Disciples’ life is centered at the table. Through Holy Communion we are connected to one another and to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Believer’s baptism through immersion. Following the earliest tradition of the church, we demonstrate our commitment to God by dramatic action, letting waters of our baptism give witness to God’s grace upon us. We normally baptize by immersion, but will practice other means as circumstances indicate.

Open membership. Recognizing that the traditions of the whole church are many and varied, we do not insist that our baptismal practice is the only one that is valid. We know that baptism is god’s action far more than own. Therefore, we recognize the Christian baptisms of all people regardless of mode or age of baptism.

Attitude of tolerance and rejection of creeds as tests of faith. We celebrate diversity as a strength rather than weakness, and do not expect everyone’s interpretation of the Bible or the Christian life to be identical.

Importance of scripture. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and is best heard and understood within the community of faith with the diverse insight that context provides.

Congregational yet voluntarily connectional. We give the local congregation authority over their life and ministries, and yet share resources freely with a connected church, our denomination of voluntarily covenanting churches, knowing that the  mission of the church is not simply local.

Celebration of the leadership of women. We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all, and we do not restrict any office or role in the life of the church by gender.

Emphasis on lay leadership. Aside from performing weddings, which is regulated by the state, lay persons in our church are permitted and encouraged to do all things, including presiding and offering the Eucharistic prayers at the Lord’s Table, often restricted to ordained clergy in other denominations.

Educated clergy. We set educational and professional standards for ministers–licensed and ordained, and hold our clergy to ethical accountability through denominational oversight.

Priority on ecumenical life. Disciples earnestly pray and strive for the unity of the church and attempt to work in ways that bridge the separation of Christ’s body.

Anti-racist and pro-reconciling and inclusive. We are intentional about welcoming all people.

As you can see, Disciples offer a refreshing combination of characteristics, difficult to find together anywhere else. We invite you to join us in serving Christ.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Identity

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Attributes of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

An open Table: The Lord’s Supper (communion) is celebrated weekly and is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of belief: Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: the confession of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. While Disciples are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, they are also expected to extend that freedom to others.

Believer’s baptism: In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a
new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples most commonly practice baptism by immersion, other baptismal practices are honored.

The unity of the church: By God’s grace and love made known in Jesus
Christ, all are called to seek the unity of the church and oneness among all Christians in common witness and service to the world.

The priesthood of all believers: Ordained and commissioned
ministers as well as lay persons share in the leadership of the church in worship, service and spiritual growth.

A passion for justice: Disciples affirm our need to work with ecumenical and global partners to heal the brokenness of the body of Christ and the human community.

Dr. Johnson Is Regional Chair of Commission on Ministry

In November 2013, the NC Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Region’s Commission on Ministry (COM) team appointed Dr. Johnson as the COM Chair. This team interviews perspective ministers who are applying for ordination or commissioning (formerly known as licensing). They also periodically meet with commissioned ministers to encourage their ministry. They evaluate clergy seeking to transfer from other denominations into the Christian Church and provide guidance to them. The team considers matters of clergy ethics. They also guide Disciples seminary students associated with the NC region.

Camp Caroline 60th Celebration

We hosted a party at Camp Caroline to celebrate Phase 1 of the new multi-purpose building,which was completed in Spring 2014.

Everyone in the region was invited to the 60th anniversary celebration of Camp Caroline and the dedication of the first phase of the new building. The event scheduled for Saturday, May 17 included a reception.

Also, Dr. Johnson attended the Work Mission Camp during the week of August 3-6, 2014.

Pamlico District Union Meeting

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On January 4, 2014, sixteen BSCC members attended the Pamlico District Union Meeting at Camp Caroline in Arapahoe. The total attendance from all churches and the regional office was 67.

The Gospel music group of Bethany Christian Church in Arapahoe sang several selections accompanied by four instrumentalists. Minister Jimmy Elks, the Associate Minister of Regional Camps presented a program about activities at Camp Caroline. The District gave away a Camp scholarship.

Churches reported information about their recent and upcoming activities. Morehead City reports calling Commissioned Minister Leanne Higgins to serve them. Silver Hill continues to raise funds to replace their HVAC system.

The Pamlico District continues to recruit a CWF leader and a CYF leader. They established a team to plan more district-wide programs. The next meeting is on Saturday, March 29 at Reelsboro Christian Church, beginning at 10 am.

CWF Quadrennial Assembly

QA2014Make plans now to attend the DWM/CWF Quadrennial Assembly June 25-29, 2014 in Atlanta, GA.

You can now register (click here for registration form) and make your room reservations as well. Road transportation will be available through NC regional CWF at a low cost.

Note: Dr. Johnson will be leading a workshop about Alternative Lectionaries.

REGISTRATION FEES

  • July 18 to December 31, 2013: $370
  • January 1 to March 31, 2014: $375
  • Postmarked on or between April 1 – June 9, 2014: $400
  • On-site registration: $425
  • One-day registration: $130
  • You can apply for a scholarship

MEAL PACKAGE – Six plated meals (three lunches and three dinners): $175

HOTEL ROOMS – Each room (occupancy from one to four) is $109 (plus taxes)

AIRLINE EVENT CODE for Delta ~ NMG2P (domestic), NMG4T (international)

  • Reservations and ticketing to Atlanta International Airport are available via delta.com. When booking online, select Meeting Event Code and enter our code in the box provided on the Search Flight page.
  • Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting Reservation at 800.328.1111 / Monday to Friday, 7:00 to 7:00 Central Time.

REASONS TO ATTEND

  • Grow in the Word through Bible Study, workshops, and heart-swelling worship;
  • Hear exciting CC (DOC) preachers: Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Rev. Dr. Nohemi Pagán, Rev. April Lewton, Rev. Dr. Penny Ziemer, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale;

Disciples Orientation Class

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Dr. Johnson taught a four-week Disciples Orientation Class in September 2013. This class was for all who are new to Broad Street and/or to the Disciples of Christ denomination.

Some long-term members also enjoyed attending this class. This class will be offered again in the late Winter or Spring.