Are you a denomination?

"If it's not in the Bible, then these folks aren't going to do it."
— Carmen Renee Berry, The Unauthorized Guide to Choosing a Church

Members of the church of Christ believe that Jesus founded only one church and Jesus prayed for unity (John 17). Since God vested "all authority" in Christ (Matthew 28:18), and since He serves as God's spokesman today (Hebrews 1:1-2), it is our conviction that only Christ has the authority to say what the church is and what we should teach. We believe that teaching the New Testament without modification is the only way to lead men and women to become Christians.

Churches of Christ have none of the trappings of modern-day organizational bureaucracy. There is no governing board, no district, regional, national or international headquarters. Each congregation is autonomous (self-ruled) and is independent of each other. The only tie that binds congregations together is a common allegiance to Jesus and the Bible. Each congregation is commonly governed locally by a plurality of elders and deacons that are selected from among members. These are men who meet the specific qualifications as given in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

We prefer to be known simply as "Christians" without further religious or denominational identification. For this reason, we are interested in the New Testament pattern for the church and consider ourselves members of the church that Jesus established and died for. The word "church" is not capitalized on the understanding that the term "church of Christ" in the New Testament is used a descriptive phrase rather than a proper name.