Our Mission & Vision

The Mission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):  to be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps to the ends of the Earth. Guiding Light.  These two words express the heart of our church’s mission.  We seek to reach out to our world with the message of light which the gospel of Lord Jesus brings.  As the parables of Luke 15 teaches us, the lost matter very much to God.  We are not here just for our own purposes, but to encourage a world that God loves so much that he gave his only son. You matter to us and we hope that you find a warm welcome here.  An open invitation is extended to you to become a part of our activities and ministries.  God’s kingdom always has a place for you. Our goal is simply this:  “We would see Jesus.”  To experience the transforming presence of Jesus Christ is always our greatest hope.

Our congregation has been meeting in Baxter Springs since 1883.  We are part of a larger movement with roots reaching back to the frontier days of 1801, and the Cane Ridge Revival in Kentucky.  Barton Stone led over 20,000 in spiritual renewal seeking a greater experience of God beyond denominational barriers.  They sought one united Christian Church modeled solely upon the New Testament.  Along with such notable leaders as Tom and Alexander Campbell and

Raccoon John Smith, this movement grew fast.  We are distinguished as the first frontier church movement in America. Today the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) comprises about 4,000 congregations with nearly one million members.

Our Pastor

Pastor Cody Graves

Cody has joined us on June 1, 2014.


What do Disciples believe?


Like most Christians, Disciples affirm: Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Beliefs and Practices:

  • Baptism for believers by immersion, after some spiritual maturity and confession of faith.  Romans 6:4, “We were buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead…we too may lived a new life.”
  • Communion, the heart of worship, celebrated at least every Sunday.  1 Corinthians 11:24,  “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Open Communion.  Celebrated weekly, not just for members, but for all who love our Lord Jesus.
  • Baptism by immersion. That the old self may be set aside and a new life of trust in God may be born anew.  Although we practice and encourage immersion, other forms of baptism are acknowledged.
  • Christian Unity.  All Christians should cooperate in the commission given by our Lord Jesus. We affirm all who share this divine calling as people of God’s kingdom.  As one of our early slogans states: In essentials: Unity; In non-essentials: Liberty; in all else: Christian Love.
  • The ministry of believers.  Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, direct service opportunities and nurture spiritual growth.
  • Diversity of Opinions.  All are free to determine the particular details of beliefs, guided by the Bible, Holy Spirit, prayer and good Christian counsel.  Another early slogan is:  No Creed but Christ.  No Doctrine but the Bible.
  • Freedom of Belief. We are called together around one essential truth claim; that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.


Sunday Morning
Worship starts at 10:30am for all and concludes around 11:30am.
– Adult Worship is in the Sanctuary.
– Our nursery will gladly care for your infants through the age of 3 during the service. Sign them in on the clipboard outside of the nursery door.
– Children, grades Pre K through 5th grade are invited to join the Kid’s Service in the South Hallway at 10:30 am for their own worship service.
– There is a Mother’s Room located beside the woman’s bathroom in the South Hallway for nursing mothers during the service.
– Children in middle school and high school join the adult in the Sanctuary for worship.
Wednesday Evenings
Worship starts at 6:50pm for all. All classes begin at 7pm.
– Pastor Cody teaches the adults in the farthest classroom in the South Hallway.
– Amy Wilson teaches FCC Kids (PreK-5th Grade) in the South Hallway.
– Nathan and Jennifer Grant teach middle school students (6th, 7th, & 8th Grade) in the South Hallway.
– Angela Burrows and Ross Davis teach CYF (9th-12th Grade) in the North Hallway.