The mission of Springfield Christian Church is to shine the light of God’s truth and love for all people to see (based on Acts 11), and be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian Spirituality, and passion for Justice (based on Micah 6:8).
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.
Our Identity Statement
The identity statement of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 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.”
But what does that mean? Keep scrolling to understand what we mean by being a “movement for wholeness.”
We Practice Unity and Inclusion at the Lord’s Table
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.
We Practice Believer Baptism
A person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”
We are a Movement for Christian Unity
We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.” One example is our cooperative work with the United Church of Christ in Global Ministries for the past 25 years and our newer effort to share staff in the area of family ministries.
We also honor the heritage of Christian unity by staying together in covenant as a witness to the world that even when we disagree we can still make room, welcoming all to the table as Christ has welcomed us. Our spiritual ancestors were fond of saying, “unity, not uniformity.”
Springfield Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) places Jesus Christ at the center of our worship and services. SCC maintains “There is no creed but Christ.” By this we mean there are no doctrinal positions a person must have in order to worship, serve in, and belong to SCC, other than the avowed relationship of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We encourage individual Christian growth within the community at large. We encourage you to be a teacher and to be taught. We freely preach the Bible as the living Word of God, open and available to everyone. We emphasize Biblical literacy for all members and encourage personal and group study.
We encourage you to develop and maintain a personal relationship with God. We observe the Lord’s Table each Sunday in worship, finding there the center of our weekly worship experiences. All believers are invited to partake of the elements of Communion and to join us in the symbolic sharing of the body and blood of Christ.
In SCC, the oneness in Christ, stressed by the Apostle Paul, is maintained: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galations 3:28).
In manifesting our oneness in Christ, all members and friends of the congregation are encouraged to be leaders and teachers. Classes and study groups are often quite small, reflecting diverse interests in seeking a deeper understanding of our individual relationship with God. God works through each of us and we celebrate that.
There are three ways to become a member of SCC:
Confession of Faith
If you have not made your Confession of Faith in another congregation or
denomination, your public profession unites you with this Church and
brings you into the Body of Christ worldwide. Following your Confession of
Faith, steps will be undertaken for your Baptism.
Transfer of Membership
You may transfer your membership by stating to the Minister you wish to
be a participating member of Springfield Church and affirming your faith
in Christ as Lord. A letter of transfer will be mailed to your former church.