Structure of the Church
This Christian Church is one church in three expressions: general, regional and local.
The general church is comprised of all Christian Churches in the United States and
Canada. Our general headquarters and offices are located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The general church is responsible for common ministries, including:
The Office of the General Minister and President is responsible for the pastoral care
and nurture of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
The Christian Board of Publication offers publications and services that support the
ministries of congregations to bring unbelievers to awareness, seekers to belief, and
believers to deeper faith and commitment to God through Jesus Christ.
The Central Pastoral Office for Hispanic Ministries facilitates, promotes, supports and
coordinates the work of Hispanic ministries in the whole church.
The Christian Church Foundation under girds ministry with permanent funds. It works
with individuals and congregations to manage funds that benefit various ministries of the
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Church Extension works directly with congregations, helping them recover from
disasters, expand their facilities or build new buildings. It also helps the church grow
through its New Church Ministry Team.
The Church Finance Council enables the sharing of God's gifts by telling the Good News
of Disciples common ministries, building relationships between congregations and the
larger mission of the church and providing faithful administration of the church-wide
funding strategies and resources. CFC administers Disciples Mission Fund.
The mission of Communication Ministries is to articulate and interpret the vision and
mission with internal and external audiences through every expression of the church.
The Council on Christian Unity represents the Disciples in key ecumenical activities
around the world, carrying out the Disciples historical passion for Christian unity.
The Disciples of Christ Historical Society helps congregational historians, assists
scholars, sponsors lectures and maintains archives of a wide variety of historical materials
and artifacts related to the Stone-Campbell movement.
Disciples Home Missions commits to connecting people to the life-changing love of God
by developing partnerships throughout the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that
strengthen congregations and leaders to make a difference in the world by revealing the
light of Christ.
Higher Education and Leadership Ministries seeks to nurture transforming leadership
for the church. We work in partnership with 17 colleges and universities, 10 theological
institutions, and more than 80 campus ministry programs across the country.
Through the Division of Overseas Ministries, over 200 missionaries, associates, and
volunteers serve in 50 countries. Programs in mission include: education, healthcare,
community development, empowerment of women, evangelism, human rights, refugee
assistance, disaster response, new church development, and ministries to, and on behalf of
The mission of the National Benevolent Association is to provide social and health
services to meet the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of persons, in the
loving and caring spirit of Christ.
The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) supports and
strengthens the involvement of more than 550 predominantly African American Disciples
congregations in the total mission of the church.
The Office of North American Pacific Asian Disciples (NAPAD) serves the growing
American Asian church. The Rev. Geunhee Yu, executive pastor for North American Asian
Ministries serves the whole church, and this group works to coordinate the issues and
needs of the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community.
The Pension Fund supports congregations by providing an excellent pension plan that has
increased contractual pensions by 528.71% since 1973. It also has health care insurance,
savings programs and tax information for both lay and clergy employees.
Reconciliation is a special ministry of the general church which fights the primary causes
of racism in North America. It works with regions and congregations to understand what
racism is, and to find ways to identify and eliminate it.
The United Christian Missionary Society, which has eight Trustees and four Officers,
has no active employees. Four Trustees are nominated by each of the two Divisions. They
are elected by the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serve a
term of four years.
The general church is divided up into 33 various regions. First Christian Church is in
the Southwest Region (CCSW). It is made up of the Christian Churches in Texas, and
New Mexico, the Oklahoma panhandle and one congregation in Southwestern
Kansas. The regional church has two primary responsibilities: First, they participate
in direct ministry through their areas' camps, conferences and assemblies. Secondly,
they help nurture existing congregations, and assist in starting new congregations.
The Christian Church in the Southwest is divided up into eight areas:
Bluebonnet/Lower Rio Grande Valley Area, Central Area, Coastal Plains Area , Hi-
Plains Area , North Texas Area, Northeast Area, Tres Rios Area, Trinity-Brazos Area.
The Texas Christian Missionary Fellowship and the Southwest Hispanic Convention
are fellowship groups within the region. These areas help facilitate the mission of the
CCSW. First Christian Church is in the Christian Church in the Southwest. See
The third expression of the church is the congregational. Congregations are equal in
authority to the general and regional expression. A local congregation calls its own
ministers and sets its own policies.