To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.-Micah 6:8
The purpose of this congregation is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ through all areas of life and work, witnessing in all situations to the grace of God in Jesus Christ, thereby, seeking in all persons a response in faith and commitment to Him.
"To achieve this purpose, this congregation shall work cooperatively with other Christians in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in carrying out the mission of the Church and in making a united witness for Jesus Christ; it shall work cooperatively with Christians in other communions, through such agencies, associations and councils, and in all other ways possible in order to testify to the unity of Christ's Church."
Constitution and Bylaws, November 1989.
About The Disciples
We are part of the fellowship known as the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) which started on American soil in the early 1800's. The general office of the denomination is in Indianapolis, Indiana (www.disciples.org).
We are part of the Central Rocky Mountain Region, with offices in Denver. The region includes four Disciples congregations in Wyoming, one in northern New Mexico, two in Utah, and 37 in Colorado (www.crmrdoc.org).
What We Believe
- The weekly observance of the Lord's Supper
Disciples' life is centered at the Table. Through communion we are connected to one another and to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. All who believe in Christ are welcome to share in the Lord’s Supper.
- Believer's baptism by immersion and open membership
Following the earliest tradition of the church, we demonstrate our commitment to God by dramatic action, letting the waters of baptism by immersion give witness to God's grace upon us. Recognizing that the traditions of the whole church are many and varied, we do not insist that our baptismal practice is the only one that is valid. Baptism is God's action far more than our own.
- “No book but the Bible. No creed but Christ.”
We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and is best heard and understood within the community of faith with the diverse insight that context provides. We celebrate theological diversity as strength rather than weakness, and do not expect everyone's interpretation of the Bible or of Christian life to be identical.
- Congregational yet connected
Each local Disciples of Christ congregation has authority over its ministries, and yet voluntarily shares resources with the connected church, our denomination, knowing that the mission of the church is both local and global.
- Leadership shared by laity and clergy
Aside from clergy officiating at weddings as regulated by the state, lay persons in our church are encouraged to share fully in all aspects of ministry, including offering Eucharistic prayers at the Lord's Table, which is often restricted to ordained clergy in other denominations. We believe that God provides spiritual gifts to all, and we do not restrict any role or office in the life of the church by gender. Disciples set high educational and professional standards for ministers — licensed and ordained — and hold our clergy to ethical accountability through denominational oversight.
- Deep spirituality and working for justice
Each member of the church finds in community sustenance for the faith journey. Daily prayer, personal study of scripture and acts of service to show God’s love in the world are part of what it means to be a “Disciple of Christ.”
- A priority on ecumenical life
Around the world and in our local communities, Disciples earnestly pray for the unity of the church, striving to work in ways that bridge the separation of Christ's body.