We believe that a church of Christ is a congregation of baptized believers (a) associated by a covenant of faith and fellowship of the gospel; (b) observing the ordinances of Christ; (c) governed by His laws; and (d) exercising the gifts, rights and privileges invested in them by His Word; (e) that its officers of ordination are pastors or elders, whose qualifications, claims and duties are clearly defined in the Scriptures; (f) we believe the true mission of the church is found in the Great Commission: First, to make individual disciples; Second, to build up the church by baptizing converts into membership; Third, to teach and instruct, as He has commanded. We do not believe in the reversal of this order; (g) we hold that the local church has the absolute right of self government, free from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations; and that the one and only superintendent is Christ, through the Holy Spirit; (h) that it is scriptural for true churches to cooperate with each other in contending for the faith and for the furtherance of the gospel; and that the Scriptures are the sole and only judge of the measure and method of church cooperation; (i) that on all matters of membership, of polity, of government, of discipline, of benevolence, the will of the local church as guided by the Scriptures is final, and;(j) that the New Testament church is a local, not universal, institution and is the only organization the Lord gave the authority to carry out the ‘great commission’.

(a) Acts 2:41

(a & b) Acts 2:42

(b) I Cor. 11:2

(c) Eph. 1:22-23

(d) Eph. 4:11; I Cor. 12:4, 8-11

(e) Acts 14:23; Acts 6:5-6; Acts 15:23; Acts 20:17,28; I Tim. 3:1-7; I Tim. 3:8-13

(f) Matt. 28:19-20

(g) Col. 1:18; Eph. 5:23-24; I Pet. 5:1-4

(h) Acts 15:22; Jude 3-4; II Cor. 8:23-24; I Cor. 16:1; Mal. 3:10; Lev. 27:32; I Cor. 16:2

(i) I Cor. 6:1-3; I Cor. 5:11-13

(j) I Cor. 12:27; Matt. 28:18-20