WHAT WE BELIEVE

this is love pic herta klassen
“This is Love” by Herta Klassen
(posted with permission)

Love one another.  Period.

Simple, perhaps, but take a step back and consider what our world would be like if we all believed this.  If we all lived this.

What We Believe as Disciples of Christ
We at McKernan Christian Church belong to a larger body of believers who call themselves The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada.  We study the Bible to deepen our connection to God through Jesus, to discover what God wants us to do.  We believe that God is calling the Christian Church (Disciples) of the 21st century to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice.  Our mission: to be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ – witnessing, serving, and loving from our doorsteps to the ends of the earth.  We are devoted to strengthening our congregations for this mission.  Many Disciples have conservative views; many others have liberal views. But we share the belief that we are united in our faith that “Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Saviour of the world.

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a community of about 850,000 Christians in 3,800 congregations in the United States and Canada.  

Our Regional Minister is Rev. Dr. Jen Garbin.

Two groups of frontier Christians came together in 1832 to form the foundation of today’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  They shared the view that people should not be excluded from fellowship in the church because they didn’t adhere to a particular human-made creed.  They used to say there is “no creed but Christ.”  Today’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) still thinks that way.

Disciples’ congregations own their own property and have full control of their budgets and program.  They decide whom to call as a pastor.  Pastors may be men or women.

Two very important things to Disciples are Communion and Baptism.
At McKernan Christian Church, we celebrate Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, each time we get together (every Sunday, and more…).  We believe that Jesus heals the pain of human separation around the communion table, and it is a place where we gather together as a family.  We also celebrate a Believer’s Baptism, often by immersion.

Who We Are as Disciples of Christ
We are part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States & Canada.  We are a mainline Protestant restoration church movement, consisting of about 25 congregations across Canada.  We are the only region in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that encompasses an entire nation, so we consider ourselves both a regional church that is part of the wider church based out of Indianapolis IN, and a national church.  Because of our vast geography, we are composed of three areas – Maritimes (currently churches in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) with a Sub-Area called Disciples Fellowship of Quebec (currently 3 churches + one church in formation), Central (Ontario), and Western Christian Fellowship (currently churches in Manitoba and Alberta).  We are blessed to have Rev. Jen Garbin as our Regional Minister.   You will notice our churches go by different names [e.g. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Church of Christ (Disciples)] but don’t let our names fool you;  we can all be identified by the symbol of the chalice bearing the St. Andrew’s cross.

Whatever the name, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world” with the mission to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ from our doorstep to yours.