Franklin Circle Christian Church is a progressive, urban,
mission-oriented congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). As such, our beliefs and practices are very similar
to other Disciples of Christ congregations.
Like most Christians, Disciples affirm:
* Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving
grace to all
persons are God’s children
practices usually associated with Disciples include:
* Open Communion. The Lord’s Supper, or Communion is celebrated in
weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
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 that freedom to
Baptism by immersion. In baptism the old self-centered life is set
aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples
practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions 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.
ministry of believers. Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship,
service and spiritual growth.
of looking at who we are was articulated by a recent General Minister &
President of our church, the Rev. Dr. Richard Hamm when he named us as a
church with a deep Christian spirituality, seeking true community, and
having a passion for justice.
Christian spirituality is a way of life that relates who and what we are
to who and what God is as revealed in Jesus Christ and as experienced
through the Holy Spirit. We encourage one another in the spiritual
disciplines, practices through which we open ourselves to being shaped
by God. Those disciplines include prayer, Bible study, worship,
stewardship, service, study of the church’s tradition and hospitality to
strangers. Our spiritual development ministries range from teaching
children to love Jesus to helping adults live Christ-like lives.
Although each Disciples congregation has its own personality, all have
members who care for each other, opportunities to grow and learn, and
ways to serve others. As churches grow in true community, members care
deeply for one another. But true community also means reaching out to
include others—encouraging the growth of a diverse community in which
all are welcomed and cared for.
In Disciples congregations, study and fellowship groups offer
opportunities to ask honest questions, share opinions and discover ways
to deal with life’s difficult issues and to grow in faith.
Disciples seek to provide a rich fellowship and sense of community for
people of all ages and walks of life.
A passion for justice
Disciples ministries don’t stop at the front door of the church
We work to make a difference in our neighborhoods and the wider
community. As followers of Jesus we help in soup kitchens and food
pantries, shelter the homeless and care for children. We advocate for
fairness in laws and public policy. The Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ) has committed itself to become an anti-racist, pro-reconciling
Our shared ministries reach out across North America. We “get dirty for
Jesus,” repairing homes and community centers, cleaning up after natural
disasters and bringing hope where there is despair. Disciples facilities
care for abused children and their families, persons with disabling
conditions and senior adults. Our higher education institutions educate
and train women and men for the ministry and for careers in other
Disciples overseas ministries stretch around the world. With partner
churches we tell the Good News, help dig wells, train pastors, immunize
children and much more. We also help persons in times of natural
disaster, economic upheaval and war.