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Denominations - Protestant

Short profiles of selected Christian denominations in the U.S.

About Churches of Christ

Date Founded:  1901

Membership/Number of Clergy:  2,000,000/7,000 as of 2016

Headquarters:  None

Schools & Seminaries:  Colleges:  Abilene Christian University, Amridge UniversityFaulkner University, Florida CollegeFreed-Hardeman University, Harding University, Heritage Christian University, Johnson University Florida, Lipscomb University, Lubbock Christian University, Nations University, Ohio Valley University, Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University, Rochester College, Southwestern Christian College, Sunset International Bible Institute, Tennessee Bible College, York College

Seminaries:  Austin Graduate School of Theology

Publications:  The Christian Courier

Website:  Not an official website, but a gathering of information by and about the church:  http://church-of-christ.org/

Core Beliefs: Each church is an independent body.  No instrumental music in worship.  Missionaries are supported by a local congregation and not by a multi-congregational structure.  The Churches of Christ follow only those practices mentioned in the New Testament. Not really a denomination as there is no organizational structure, but a group of churches commitment to the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

Short History:  Split from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1901 over the issue of using instruments in worship.  The congregations that left only use a cappella singing in worship since there is no mention of musical instruments being used in the Bible.

Local Churches:  There are 13 congregations in the Louisville area.  Three of the larger churches are: Okolona Church of Christ, 6105 Outer Loop, Louisville, Kentucky 40219; West Broadway Church of Christ, 3921 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky 40211; and Westport Road Church of Christ, 4500 Westport Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Symbol

Each congregation will use its own symbol.