The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of movements in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky.  Their plea was for “No creed but Christ,” “No book but the Bible,” and “No name but the Divine.”  They did not claim to be the only Christians, but Christians only.

The name Christian is worn because Christ is the head of the church and it belongs to Him.  (Colossians 1:18)  The members are called Christians.  (Acts 2:36) One becomes a member of the Lord’s church and the Oreana Christian Church by:

  • Faith in Christ  (Matthew 16:16)
  • Repentance toward Christ (Acts 2:38)
  • Confession of Christ  (Matthew 10:31-32)
  • Baptism into Christ  (Acts 2:38 & Romans 6)

Modern-day Disciples proclaim no required doctrinal positions as tests of faith.  Membership is granted after a simple statement of belief in Jesus Christ and acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior.  The Oreana Christian Church and most Disciple congregations practice baptism by immersion and accept transfers baptized by other means.

The preamble to The Design for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) expresses some common beliefs.

"As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.

In Christ's name and by his grace we accept our mission of witness and service to all people.

We rejoice in God, maker of heaven and earth, and in the covenant of love which binds us to God and to one another.

Through baptism into Christ we enter into newness of life and are made one with the whole people of God.

In the communion of the Holy Spirit we are joined together in discipleship and in obedience to Christ.

At the table of the Lord we celebrate with thanksgiving the saving acts and presence of Christ.

Within the universal church we receive the gift of ministry and the light of scripture.

In the bonds of Christian faith we yield ourselves to God that we may serve the One whose kingdom has no end."