The Churches of Christ movement consists of around three hundred congregations and other affiliated organisations across five state bodies, each following teachings of the New Testament and the centrality of Jesus Christ since the beginnings of the movement in the nineteenth century.
Churches of Christ was born out of a 19th century international movement often referred to as the Restoration Movement.
The heart of this movement was to abandon denominationalism and follow the New Testament and its central priority on Christ. We rally around this simple plea: In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love.
The Australian pioneers of Churches of Christ applied this founding identity to an Australian context, forming a lay movement to make Christ-centred communities centred in a local context.
Constant shifts in society makes models of disciple-making dynamic and varied, and we find ourselves missionaries in our own backyards. Together we pursue the mission to share the good news of Jesus in ways that make sense for Australian people.
Churches of Christ are characterised by their diversity of expression in church life. The following characteristics tend to be expressed in the culture, values and practices in Churches of Christ Churches:
- A concern for Christian Unity
- A commitment to Evangelism and Mission
- An emphasis on the centrality of the New Testament
- A simple Confession of Faith
- Believers’ Baptism
- Local church autonomy
- Collaborative leadership
You can read more about the Church of Christ story and our movement characteristics here.