Worship in Churches of Christ

Since the first century, corporate worship has been a–perhaps THE–central act for Christians. At the beginning of the Stone-Campbell Movement two competing streams influenced how we understood and conducted worship services. While the churches reached a general consensus by the mid-1800s, two major shifts–one in the early 20th century and one going on right now–profoundly shaped the way Churches of Christ view and practice worship. Douglas Foster leads a discussion of how these ideas are affecting our churches today.


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Douglas Foster is Professor of Church History and Director of the Center for Restoration Studies at ACU. He also serves as Charis Professor for the university and is an elder of the Minter Lane Church of Christ. Foster’s work centers on the place of the Stone-Campbell Movement in global Christianity, and the idea of Christian unity. He has authored or co-authored over a dozen books and many articles. Married in 1979 to Linda Grissom, they have two children and two grandchildren.
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Author:  Publish Date: August 3, 2015


CHARIS hosts conversations of and about Churches of Christ. The website is intended to support education for Christian life and community through contemporary discussions and historical sources that variously witness to the gifts (“charis”) of God among Churches of Christ, especially their plea for visible unity among Christians through ongoing renewal and restoration of Scriptural beliefs and practices among God’s people.

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