This is the page where we answer the questions we often hear people ask about us. Scroll down for the questions and answers.
If you're looking for more details about who we are and what we do, check out our About Us page.
DisciplesNet is a church and congregation that was founded in 2010 by a group of ordained ministers and other leaders, mostly volunteering their gifts. We were officially recognized in 2010 and included in the yearbook of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a church. Yes, we have non-profit status. We operate mostly through donations of followers and grants. We work to be extremely careful with gifts shared with us so it goes back into ministry where it will do the most good.
Although we operate mostly online with our congregation around the world, we worship each week physically at our Indianapolis worship center, or hub. While worshipping we video that worship; then we we video-edit this into a worship video that we post online. In this way, we extend our reach to our wider congregation so that they may participate with us. This gives an interesting consideration of time and place, but we have just settled on understanding that as we come together to worship, we are all in God's presence together, and that is the main place we want to be.
As with other Disciples of Christ congregations, we govern ourselves while also working with the greater Disciples of Christ, sharing gifts and resources such as Week of Compassion, Global Ministries, conferences and assemblies. As Disciples of Christ we share the identity statement: "We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us."At DisciplesNet we see that we are disciples first. We share our Disciples' identity not as a point of pridefulness, but as an expectation that people should be able to have of how we treat people and work together despite a challenging, broad range of opinions, beliefs, and personal and political views that we together hold.
The Disciples are strongly ecumenical. This churchy word simply means that Disciples strongly value working and sharing ministry with other churches and people of faith, working side by side. We don't try to convince people to all believe the same or have the same opinion, but just work and worship together in respect and love.
We hope you will find yourself feeling welcome here whether you come from a Disciples' tradition, another tradition, or no specific tradition. We welcome you if you aren't sure what to believe, or even if you believe. You may notice we use a trademark, the red Disciples chalice on our site. We like to say that the wide brim is an important symbol of that wide table where we can all gather as Christ calls. The sideways cross on the chalice is the St. Andrew's cross, named after the disciple Andrew who ran to tell his brother the Good News after he had met Jesus. Tradition has it that Andrew was crucified on such as side-ways cross. We like to think of this cross as the cross of not keeping your faith to yourself, but spending your life to sharing it with others in need.
One way DisciplesNet is different from brick-and-mortar churches is that being part of DisciplesNet doesn't mean that you should give up membership and involvement in another church of which you are part.
In fact, if you are able, we encourage you to be part of a home, physical church in the ways that seem right to you...but to always feel welcome here, too, and participate however you would like as a regular attender, or as a partner in praying for and supporting this ministry.
In the months to come, our new website will have an open Charter Membership roll for any who would like to add their name as officially belonging to DisciplesNetChurch. If you already see yourself as a member of DisciplesNet Church earlier than this, simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be pleased to add your name to the our membership roll without the wait.
You don't have to be a member to be included here, however. And we also warmly welcome you if you are a seeker, not sure what they believe, but just wanting to come and explore, and spend time here.
If you'd like to become a member of DisciplesNet church, click here.
We invite all here, and all means all, no exceptions. The language we speak here is God's language of love for all of God's children. And when we say all of God's children, we mean it. All means all to us, no exceptions. We deal in the language of God's love and possibilities, and try hard to leave the judgment of others to God.
Our goal is not just to be here so you can be part of this church called DisciplesNet--but to find real ways that you can be part, and belong here for however long you can. We hope that, if interested, you will contribute to helping this ministry grow and expand into all corners of the world. We welcome your ideas and communication, and mostly your prayers for this church and all who come here, seeking hope, seeking God's love, seeking a loving place to belong.
We are so thankful for contributions that are helping us grow financially. We don't want to be pushy about it, but see that God calls us all to give, and we offer this opportunity to you here, and it makes a great difference. You should know that our ministry exists because people have given so that we may continue connecting with people, and can grow into the exciting possibilities of ministry here. Please share with us in giving thanks for them...and if you feel a sense to join them, we invite you to do that, too.
We have two different places where we place our videos. We recently added YouTube because of its popularity and to allow people can find us in the "related videos" on that service. However, some countries will block YouTube periodically. Vimeo provides another path to our videos as well as having better video quality on larger screens.
We hope you will let us know who you are, and share your insights, questions, prayers, and gifts with us. Please don't hesitate to contact us at one of the email addresses below.