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The following information was supplied at the 2002 Stone-Campbell Dialogue. Each statement is supplied by a member of that stream. The numbers have been updated thorough 2009 for Churches of Christ and through 2013 for the other streams.

Church of Christ/Christian Churches

Who We Are

A fellowship believing in the Diety and Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Scriptures, and who practice baptism by immersion and observe the Lord(s Supper weekly. We seek to restore the faith and practices of the early church, freely working with others of like faith, but committed to no organization beyond the local congregation. Committed to missions, we number as many abroad, as in the U.S. and Canada.

Membership, U.S. & Canada 1,270,579
Congregations, U.S. & Canada 5,342
Ministers 5,062
Assistant Ministers 4,036
Missionaries 888
Active Duty Military Chaplains 35
Military Reserve/Guard Chaplains 27
Miscellaneous Chaplains 54
Para‑church Agencies 1,025
Benevolent Agencies 107
Campus Ministries 76
Evangelistic Associations 136
Colleges 31
Seminaries 3
Full‑Time Professors 445
Part‑Time Professors 561
Total Students 18,281
Churches averaging over 1,000 in attendance 161

Church of Christ

Who We Are

A communion of believers who hold to the foundational doctrines of historic Christianity, accept the Bible as the final authority in all religious matters, practice immersion of believers, and weekly Lord(s Supper. They are congregational in organization with no formal leadership beyond local elders, though connected by lectureships, journals, educational institutions, and a variety of parachurch organizations. Their worship is a cappella in keeping with the simplicity of the early church(s worship. The numbers of churches and members outside the United States, especially in Africa, is approaching that of the U.S. There is considerable diversity among congregations.

Membership in the U.S. & Canada 1,224,404
Congregations in the U.S. & Canada 12,629
(includes children and other unbaptized attendees)
Largest number of congregations in Texas 2,137
and Tennessee 1,452
Ministers (est.) 12,600
Missionaries (in 1999) 842
Members outside of U.S. and Canada 1,000,000 +
Camps 111
Campus Ministries 219
Child and Family Services 76
Senior Care Facilities 99
Periodicals 185
Colleges and Universities 25
Preacher Training Schools 26
Elementary and Secondary Schools 120
Congregations with 900 members or more 55

Disciples of Christ

Who We Are

The Mission Imperative of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) adopted July 2000. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), in our quest to embody Christian unity, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we believe God calls us:

OUR VISION ‑To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for Justice. (Micah 6:8)

OUR MISSION ‑ To be and to share the Good news of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

OUR IMPERATIVE ‑ To strengthen congregational life for this mission. (Ephesians 4:11‑13, 15‑16)

Membership in the U.S. and Canada 600,330
Congregations in the U.S. and Canada 3,792
Regions 35
General Ministries 11
Ministers* 7,113
Colleges 17
Seminaries and Seminary Houses 7
Undergraduate students 21,900
Seminary and Graduate students 1,000
Congregations with participating membership over 1,000 19

*(Includes congregational pastors, associate pastors, regional ministers, general ministers, chaplains, missionaries, etc.)