As A Congregation
We welcome all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and personal history. We celebrate the rich diversity of God’s creation and respect each member’s level of spiritual development.
We are a community of disciples who confess Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God and the Lord and Savior of the world. His life and teachings are the measure by which we live.
We accept the Bible, giving priority to the New Testament, as uniquely authoritative in all things pertaining to God and faithful living. We take the Bible seriously, but do not necessarily interpret everything literally. Each follower of Jesus has the responsibility and the right to prayerfully study and arrive at his or her own conclusions.
We are committed to the unity of the Church across denominations and throughout the nations and through the unity we have in Christ, we promote the unity of humankind.
We believe that all members are called by God to be ministers. The task and responsibility of ministry is not reserved for the clergy. Clergy and members, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, provide direction for the congregation’s work.
As Members of Our Community
We believe that our faith is both individual and social, personal and public, and so we recognize that matters such as poverty, injustice, war and peace are spiritual issues deserving our energy and attention.
We are active members within our community, we strive to promote compassion, peace, and justice for all.
We understand distress is complex and widespread, and recognize that our efforts to combat adversity must be equally diversified. We seek to provide our support and advocacy across a broad range of issues. In doing so, it is our goal to utilize the wide variety of talent and resources available to us through our congregation.
What it Means to be Disciples of Christ
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a moderate to progressive denomination that got its start in early 19th century America. The Disciples are committed to being a diverse and inclusive church. All are welcome regardless of race, class, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. A variety of viewpoints exist among Disciples on a host of ideas and issues. That Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior is the central conviction Disciples hold in common. Among the priorities of Disciples of Christ is to be a Pro-reconciling/Anti- racist church. Disciples have long been involved in efforts for social justice and world peace, believing these endeavors to be necessary responses to Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as you love yourself” (Matthew 22:39).
Many people may not be familiar with the Disciples. However, a number of well-known figures have been members of the church, including three past U.S. Presidents, William Garfield, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Ronald Reagan. David Lloyd George past Prime Minister of Britain was also a Disciples member. A past U.S. Supreme Court Justice, U.S. Senators, Representatives and Governors of a number of states were members as well. The church includes well known actors, novelists, poets and musicians.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been at the forefront of Christian unity efforts. From the beginning of the Disciples of Christ a strong emphasis has been place on the unity of churches. To this end Disciples have been leaders in the World Council of Churches, National Council of Churches and the more recently formed Christian Churches Together. Congregations like Royal Palm Christian Church are autonomous but join in covenant with other Disciples congregations in supporting church-related colleges and seminaries, nursing and assisted living facilities, overseas and domestic missions of various sort. Royal Palm Christian Church is one of about 70 congregations in the Florida Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
For more information we encourage you to check out our Disciples of Christ denominational website.
As our church moves into the future:
- We will glorify God in all things.
- We will grow more deeply in faith as we strengthen Christ-centered fellowship, engage in biblical and spiritual education and worship in styles both traditional and innovative, following Jesus Christ in all we do.
- We will be a warm and inviting church, reaching out with the Good News to our neighbors in Coral Springs, the surrounding area and beyond, particularly to families with children.
- We will compassionately serve those who are suffering in mind, body or spirit.
- We will be a congregation where every member is challenged to find and pursue his or her own ministry.
- We will embrace all who desire to be a part of our spiritual family.