Johns Creek Christian Church is a unique community of faith that is also a part of a larger communion around the world known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). There is a unique combination of beliefs, practices and traditions that characterize the Disciples.
Everything we do here is similar to the practices of other fellowships of Christians, and that is as it should be. But our particular combination is a good one.
Here is a partial list of those things that characterize the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):
- The weekly celebration of the Lord's Supper - Our worship and spiritual life centers around the Lord's Table. Through communion we feel especially connected to ourselves, to one another and to God.
- Believer's baptism by immersion - Following the earliest tradition of the church, we show our commitment to God by being lowered into the water and "washing" away our sins.
- Open membership - Even though we baptize a particular way, we accept the baptism of other Christians when they come into membership in our church.
- An attitude of tolerance - Every person is different, and so is every Christian. We do not expect everyone's interpretation of the Bible or the Christian life to be exactly the same.
- Congregational yet voluntarily connectional - While each local congregation decides what its life and ministries will be like, we still gather voluntarily as a connected church because we know that Christian mission is more than local.
- Shared leadership by men and women - We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to everyone. We do not restrict any office or role in the life of the church by gender.
- An emphasis on lay leadership and ministry - 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 at the Lord's Table. We believe that all Christians become ministers to the world through their baptism.
- An educated clergy - We set educational and professional standards for ministers, and through denominational oversight we expect our clergy to follow a code of ethics.
- A priority on helping all churches be united in Christ - Disciples still work and pray for the unity of the church, and we try to find ways that bridge the separation of Christ's Body.
We hope that you value these nine attributes, and that you too find them helpful as you grow in the faith and fellowship with Johns Creek Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
You will see a chalice on our logo and on much of what you see from the Disciples of Christ. The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.
See Disciples.org for more information on Disciples beliefs and ministries.
We are a congregation connected to the Georgia Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), while founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a "movement for wholeness in a fragmented world." The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.