Affiliation, History, & Beliefs
Many settlers who came to the American frontier were looking for religious freedom, a simple faith based on the New Testament, unity, and practicality. In 1804, Presbyterian minister Barton W. Stone began to meet with others who simply called themselves "Christians." At approximately the same time, Thomas Campbell, who was also a Presbyterian minister, established another independent group of worshipers, called “Disciples,” who also insisted that the church should be open to all who wanted to follow the Lord. By 1832, the two groups united, establishing the framework for today’s Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is considered within the Protestant “mainstream” and is widely involved in social and other concerns. Disciples have vigorously supported national and world programs of education, agricultural assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the developmentally disabled, and aid to victims of war and calamity. According to the Statement of Identity, “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.” This movement for wholeness now counts about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada in about 3,700 congregations. HMCCC is one of approximately 90 Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in the Greater Kansas City area alone.
HMCCC’s roots go back to 1845, and the congregation has been at its current location since 1856. While the church has enjoyed a glorious and fascinating history, we are excited about what our good God is currently doing in and through us. And we trust in this good God, who said, “surely I know the plans I have for you…plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
We believe that God’s love has been especially shown in His sending of Jesus to show us the way to fuller and more abundant life. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22):36-40). Thus we see our community as a school of love, where we learn about God’s love for us and how He would have us love ourselves, love one another, and love all others. Outside the walls of our building, we seek to practice this loving, as Jesus loved--through ministries of compassion, forgiveness, justice, hope, and peace. We believe that God’s Spirit ever seeks to bring healing and wholeness within us, amongst us, and between ourselves and God.