Who are Churches of Christ?

We’re part of a global movement of Christians seeking to restore biblical faith and practice in personal discipleship and church life. Our authority is the Bible and where possible we like to do Bible things in Bible ways and call them by Bible names. That’s why we don’t call ourselves Baptists (although we do baptise repentant believers by immersion); or Presbyterians (although we do have presbyters or elders overseeing churches). We want to be “Christians” only – without claiming to be the only Christians. Accordingly, many of the congregations in this movement are called “churches of Christ” – a description used by first century churches to highlight that they belong to Jesus Christ (Romans 16:16).

In our evangelism we point everyone to Jesus, believing that by grace through faith we enjoy God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 2:8). We baptise repentant believers into Christ for forgiveness of sins and to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). Then, like all God’s people through the centuries, we encourage each other to do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8).

To help us do this, we gather regularly as a church to worship God and spur one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). This is something followers of Jesus have been doing since the church was first established on Pentecost after he died and was resurrected (Acts 2:41-47). Some congregations are small and meet in homes. Others have 100+ members and meet in larger church buildings. One common feature is that our Sunday assemblies tend to be marked by simplicity. We pray, partake the Lord’s Supper, sing acappella, take up a freewill money offering and study the Word.

We know of around 80 such congregations gathered around Australia – and pray there may be more.(Click here for a directory of non-denominational Churches of Christ in Australia.) There are thousands of similar congregations throughout North America and South America, India and the rest of Asia, Africa, Europe and Britain. All up, several million Christians around the globe are committed to this goal of restoring New Testament faith and practice.

Each congregation is typically self-governing, ideally functioning under a local eldership. Whilst there are various schools, universities and parachurch ministries established cooperatively and operated by Christians in our fellowship (see Links), remarkably there isn’t a ruling body or denominational hierarchy which governs everyone. Instead, each individual Christian and each local church is responsible for growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ towards maturity (II Peter 3:18). In this way, a congregation is simultaneously autonomous from and in fellowship with other congregations which have similar convictions.

Klesis is founded and operated by Christians from this fellowship and we continue to have a special ministry emphasis towards these churches in Australia. We help connect and equip individual Christians and churches while simultaneously encouraging and respecting the growth and autonomy of local churches.