OUR IDENTITY STATEMENT
Central Christian Church of Arkansas City is a member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which states:
"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."
To know Christ and to make him known.
Central Christian Church has a long heritage. It was established in 1877. Its history is rooted in the larger fellowship of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) . The Christian Church was born on the frontier in the midst of a divided church. Its birth was an effort to unite followers of Christ through the restoration of the New Testament teachings and practices.
Our belief reflects a blending of American idealism and New Testament Christianity. We have long cherished the basic convictions "We are Christians only, not the only Christians." We are a congregationally governed body which owns its own property, elects its own officers and plans its own program of worship, fellowship, and service. All of the Church mission, program, and business is the responsibility of the entire membership of the congregation. We welcome all by transfer of membership (either by statement or letter), or by confession of faith and baptism.
OUR CORE BELIEFS
We confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of the world
We believe the unity of the church is essential to God's mission to the world
We believe the primary authority for the church's life is the Bible
We believe the Bible is the primary source of God's revelation Jesus Christ
We believe in the empowerment of all people through the Holy Spirit
We look to the church, God's community of love:
As a people of God
As the body of Christ
As a church both local and universal
As a community of faith inclusive, diverse, and welcoming
As a body that studies together and supports one another
As a body that worships celebrating baptism by immersion and observes the Lord's supper weekly
As a body that is in covenant with the different manifestations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)- General, Regional, and Local
The communion table is our meeting ground at which we discover:
Our commonness in Christ
The celebration of diversity
A place to find an experiential connection to Christ
Our individual and communal voice as a church
Dialogue and discussion of theological topics is done in love and discernment to:
Hear each other's reflections and thoughts in a spirit of openness
Respect one another without being judgemental
Be open to a belief that might strengthen our faith
Have a healthier way to be in faithful conversation with one another
Model to those outside the church how to work through topics of importance, controversy, or crisis
STRUCTURE OF THE CHURCH
Spiritual Life Chairperson
Disciple Men's President
Disciple Women's President
Chi Rho President
**All Church members are welcome at Board Meetings.
**All Church members are welcome to join a church committee.
Diaconate (Deacons & Deaconesses)
Dennis Voth- Minister
Bill Bearden- Pianist
Nancy Orr- Director of Music Ministries
Marilyn Banister- Secretary