Mission statement of Erlanger Christian Church
As a church we are committed to joyfully prioritize our lives to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by striving to meet the needs of others as a caring community, through meaningful and vibrant worship, stirring music, collective events of fellowship, efforts of evangelism, and seeking deeper relationship with God through prayer and Bible study!
As a church:
- We celebrate individual freedom and diversity. Affirmation and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only requirement for baptism.
- We look to the Bible as the instrument imparting God’s Word to the people of God. We encourage and respect the right of each individual to interpret the meaning of holy scripture in one’s own life.
- As a congregation we practice believer’s baptism by immersion. We recognize all forms of baptism.
- The Lord’s Supper is celebrated weekly. It is open communion: ALL who believe in the Lordship of Christ are invited to partake in the symbols of his broken body and shed blood of Jesus Christ.
- We are congregationally governed and celebrate the ministry of all believers.
- As a community of faith we seek to cooperate ecumenically with all faith traditions in the community and around the word.
Erlanger Christian Church is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, the largest denomination founded on American soil (beginning in central Kentucky!) in 1831. We share historical roots with Presbyterian, Church of Christ, and United Churches of Christ. The 2017 yearbook reported 450,425 members in 3,238 congregations throughout the United States and Canada.
Erlanger Christian Church is one of 210 Disciples of Christ congregations in the region of Kentucky and one of 25 Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.
A symbol of the Christian Church (Disciple of Christ) is a St. Andrews Cross within a chalice. The chalice symbolizes the central place communion holds in worship. The St. Andrew’s cross affirms the importance of the laity and personal evangelism for which the disciple Andrew is closely associated. Further meaning is seen when the chalice is tipped, and the familiar cross of Christ is seen. When we tip or give ourselves in service to others, Christ may be seen in us.