About Us

Springfield First Christian Church is located in downtown Springfield, Illinois, at 700 South 6th Street, the southeastern corner of 6th and Cook Streets. There is much more to First Christian Church than our beautiful building and rich history. Why are we so proud of our heritage & legacy? Follow the links below for more information.

First Christian Church has been providing a Christian witness to the city of Springfield for over 170 years. Emphasizing Jesus’ call to unity and reconciliation, the ministries of First Christian Church strive to build community in the midst of diversity. For more see:
History of First Christian Church

First Christian Church is one of the oldest congregations in the city- founded in 1833, only three years after Springfield’s first church. Since its beginning, it has been a part of the denomination known as Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Disciples churches trace their roots and beliefs back to a movement of the early 19th century in what were then the American frontier states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. This movement sought to unify all Christians by returning to an emphasis on the essentials of Christianity typified by the church of the New Testament Scriptures. For more see:
The Disciples Movements

What Do Disciples Believe?
A more difficult question than what you might think! 
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) began with a movement on the American frontier in the early 1800s. At the time, there were few churches and the people who lived around them did not have much choice about the church they would attend. This brought people of many Christian faiths and traditions together. With such a variety of religious beliefs, practices, and traditions coming together, our earliest leaders quickly rejected the use of creeds that is simply a formal statement of religious belief. For more see:
What we believe