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 The Mission Imperative of the Disciples of Christ
Adopted July 2000

(Taken from http://www.disciples.org/dcmiss.htm)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in our quest to embody Christian unity, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we believe God calls us:


To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)


To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)


To strengthen congregational life for this mission. (Ephesians 4:11-13, 15-16)

To accomplish this, we shall:

  • Become the Good News:
    • Nurturing faith
    • Practicing and teaching the spiritual disciplines
    • Fostering Disciples identity
    • Renewing congregational life
    • Developing leaders
  • Share the Good News:
    • Emphasizing ministry with children, youth, young adults and families
    • Doing evangelism
    • Establishing new congregations
    • Creating ministries with older adults
  • Serve from "our doorsteps to the ends of the earth":
    • Engaging in ministries of reconciliation, compassion, unity and justice.


In accepting our Vision, Mission and Imperative, we affirm our need to:

  • be an anti-racist/pro-reconciliation church
  • strengthen relationships among all manifestations of the church
  • share mutually and more fully the stewardship of God's gifts of our life in Christ
  • encourage our growing diversity within our church family and community
  • work with our many ecumenical and global partners to heal the brokenness of the body of Christ and the human community.