Brief and Broad Understandings of the Disciples of Christ

  • Robert K. Welsh, Disciples of Christ: A Brief Description, Indianapolis: CCU, 2019
  • D. Newell Williams, The Disciples of Christ in One Sentence, Indianapolis: CUIM, 2021
  • Mark G. Toulouse, A Statement of Faith for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis: CUIM, 2021
  • Mark G. Toulouse, Major Features of a Disciples Theology of the Lord’s Supper Read
  • Mark G. Toulouse, Continuities in the Disciples Theology of Baptism from Campbell to the Present Read
  • Mark G, Toulouse, Mission Read
  • Mark G. Toulouse, The Founders (Facts compiled from McAllister/Tucker, Journey in Faith, and Other Sources) Read
  • Council on Christian Unity, Basic Understandings of the Disciples of Christ about the Unity We Seek, Indianapolis: CCU2016


Governing Documents and General Assembly Resolutions

  • The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Read
  • Theological Foundations and Policies and Criteria for the Ordering of Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Read
  • Seeking to Be Disciples of Christ: Statement about the Ethos (Guiding Values, Traits, and Spirit) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Business Item No. 9532, The General Assembly, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995 (Produced by the Vision Panel, Standing Committee on Renewal and Structural Reform, the General Board, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Read


Books and Articles

A. Historical or Theological Approaches

  • Declaration and Address by Thomas Campbell; Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery by Barton W. Stone and Others; with brief introduction by F. D. Kershner, The Bethany Press: St. Louis, Missouri, 1960 Read
  • Robert K. Welsh, ed., The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking to Be Truly Church Today, St. Louis: Lucas Park Books, 2008
  • James O. Duke, The nature of the Church: What Sort of Church Are We? Study Series 1, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1993 Read
  • Mark G. Toulouse,  Joined in Discipleship: Contemporary Disciples Identity in Historical Context, St Louis: Chalice Press, 1997
  • D. Duane Cummins, A Handbook for Today’s Disciples, 4th Edition, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2010
  • D. Duane Cummins, The Disciples: A Struggle for Reformation, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2009
  • Peter Goodwin Heltzel, ed., Chalice Introduction to Disciples Theology, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2008
  • Michael Kinnamon and Jan Linn, Disciples: Who We Are and What Holds Us Together, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 2019
  • Ronald E. Osborn, The Faith We Affirm: Basic Beliefs of Disciples of Christ, St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1979
  • James O. Duke and Richard L. Harrison, Jr., The Nature of the Church: The Lord’s Supper, Study Series 5, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1993
  • Robert L. Friedly and D. Duane Cummins, The Search for Identity: Disciples of Christ–The Restructure Years, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1987
  • Kenneth T. Lawrence, ed., Classic Themes of Disciples Theology, Fort Worth, TCU Press, 1986
  • Lester G. McAllister and William E. Tucker, Journey in Faith: A History fo the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), St. Louis: The Bethany Press, 1975
  • Clark M. Williamson, “Theology and Forms of Confession in the Disciples of Christ,” Encounter (Winter 1980): 53-72
  • William Baird, What is Our Authority? Study Series 2, St. Louis, Christian Board of Publication, 1983
  • Clark Gilpin. ”The Integrity of the Church: The Communal Theology of the Disciples of Christ,” in Kenneth Lawrence, ed. Classic Themes of Disciples Theology: Rethinking the Traditional Affirmations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1986, pp. 29-48
  • M. Eugene Boring, Disciples and the Bible: A History of Disciples Biblical Interpretation in North America, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1997
  • Stephen V. Sprinkle, Disciples and Theology: Understanding the Faith of a People in Covenant, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999
  • CUIM, People of the Covenant: Understandings of the Covenant within the Disciples of Christ, Indianapolis: CUIM, 2022


B. Understandings on Sacraments and Worship

  • Clark M. Williamson, The Nature of the Church: Baptism–Embodiment of the Gospel, Study Series 4, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1987
  • Colbert S. Cartwright, Candles of Grace: Disciples Worship in Perspective, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1992
  • Colbert. S. Cartwright, People of the Chalice: Disciples of Christ in Faith and Practice, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1987
  • James O. Duke, “The Disciples and the Lord’s Supper: Historical Perspective,” Encounter (Winter 1989): 1-28
  • Clark M. Williamson, “The Lord’s Supper: A Systematic Theological View,” Encounter (Winter 1989): 47-67
  • Clark M. Williamson, “Disciples Baptismal Theology,” Midstream (April 1986): 200-223
  • Keith Watkins, Celebrate With Thanksgiving, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1991
  • Keith Watkins, ed., Thankful Praise: A Resource for Christain Worship, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1987
  • Gerard Moore, The Disciples at the Lord’s Table: Prayers Over Bread and Cup across 150 Years of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Worship, Eugene: Pickwick Publication, 2015
  • Peter M. Morgan, Disciples Eldership: A Quest for Identity and Ministry, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2003

C. Understandings of Ministry

  • W. Clark Gilpin, “Witness to the Deeds of God: Ministry in the Disciples Traditions,” Midstream (July 1987): 265-272
  • D. Newell Williams, Ministry Among Disciples: Past, Present, and Future, Study Series 3, St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1985, pp. 45-56
  • D. Newell Williams, “Elders as Assitant Ministers,” Encounter (Winter 1987)” 93-103

D. Understandings on the Church’s Social Witness

  • Mark G. Toulouse, “Disciples and Social Transformation: Past,” Midstream (July 1987): 459-472
  • William Chris Hobgood, Born Apart, Becoming One: Disciples Defeating Racism, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2009
  • Brenda M. Cardwell and William K. Fox, Journey Toward Wholeness: A History of Black Disciples of Christ in the Mission of the Christian Church, National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Debra B. Hull, Christian Church Women: Shappers of a Movement, St. Louis. Chalice Press, 1994
  • D. Newell Williams, ed., A Case Study of Mainstream Protestantism: The Disciples’ Relation to American Culture, 1880-1989, Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing company, 1991

E. Biographies

  • D. Newell Williams, Barton Stone: A Spiritual Biography, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000
  • Douglas A. Foster, A Life of Alexander Campbell, Lansing: WM. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2020