Churches of Christ are part of the Christian heritage known as the Restoration Movement or, in some circles, the Stone-Campbell Movement. This movement of churches began in the early 1800s in the eastern United States as leaders from divided denominations sought unity. The leaders of this pursuit believed that unity could be restored when Christians gathered around the Bible, recovered a vision for the church in the New Testament, and then restored its teaching and practices. This effort united many people, but, because all are imperfect and have limited understanding, disagreement and division remained.
Churches of Christ hold core beliefs that are consistent with traditional Christian faith. But, like other Christian communities of faith, we have certain qualities that make us unique. In our worship assembly, for instance, we share the Lord’s Supper every Sunday and the majority of congregations sing without instruments (a capella). Each local congregation is autonomous, led by elders who are a part of that church family rather than by leaders from a headquarters. We practice baptism by immersion. We value the highest ideals and many good traditions of our heritage. At the same time, we want our identity to be based on more than what we do in the church building on Sundays. We also want to be led by what we believe God wants us to be and do more than what our particular denominational tradition suggests.
Therefore, at East Sunshine, we want to be known for our love for God and for people, to strive for the unity for which Jesus prayed for all believers, and to follow all of His teaching and way of life. We recognize that we are Christians only not the only Christians. We seek to honor Jesus as our Head, to make God the center of our worship, our teaching, our fellowship, and our service and mission. We do this with a desire to be like Christ as individuals and as a church, so that we might become more and more a church of Christ.