Churches of Christ are defined by their embrace of unity in Christ Alone and characterised by their diversity of expression in church life. Churches of Christ have always been concerned that they be an accessible and living witness for Christ in their local community context. They also see themselves as an integral part of the whole church of Christ in the world.
The following characteristics tend to be expressed in the culture, values and practices in Churches of Christ Churches.
1. A concern for Christian Unity
2. A commitment to Evangelism and Mission
3. An emphasis on the centrality of the New Testament
4. A simple Confession of Faith
5. Believers’ Baptism
6. Weekly Communion
7. A Biblical Name
8. Congregational autonomy
9. Lay Leadership
See below for more about “Our Story” in a series of articles by Graham Carslake, a free copy of the Christian History Magazine Issue 106 with a Stone Campbell Movement feature and the Western Australian portion of the Jubilee Pictorial History of Churches of Christ in Australasia published 1903.