In the 1800’s, several people including Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone decided to return to the beliefs of the first century church. They believed there was a need to abolish all of the rules that humans had set forth for the church and restore God’s original design for His church, as described in the bible. Hence, the Restoration Movement was birthed. Thomas Campbell followed the philosophy of “Where the scriptures speak, we speak, where the scriptures are silent, we are silent" and “In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, love.”
Their belief was that we should, as Christians, be working for the common good of God’s Kingdom.
One of the differences you will discover, is our approach to celebrating communion. We encourage all baptized believers in Jesus Christ to commune with us in open communion. Most denominations require that you be a member before you can partake in communion with their congregation.
Another belief that is emphasized in the restoration movement is the belief in baptism by immersion. Our church and the church movement believe that the original Greek translation of the word means to be immersed. While this is not required for someone to worship and to take communion with our congregation it is required for leadership in this congregation.
Our eldership is not voted upon it is spirit lead and appointed. We are free to choose a minister for our church and have no hierarchy to answer to but the word of God. The church chooses the style of worship, missions supported, ministries, and all other aspects of the church by prayer and development through our local church leadership and ministry leaders.