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The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada
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The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada, also known as Christian Disciples, is a mainstream fellowship of churches, ministries and clergy in Canada.

History

The Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) traces its beginnings to the formal organization of the Christian Church in 1804, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, under the leadership of Barton Warren Stone (1772-1844). The Stone movement later merged with the efforts of Thomas Campbell (1763-1844), and his son Alexander Campbell (1788-1866), to become the Restoration Movement that gave birth to the Churches of Christ (Non-Instrumental), the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Evangelical Christian Church, as a new group within the Restoration tradition was reorganizied in 2001.

Central Office

The Central Office of The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada is 125 Lincoln Rd. #410, Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2N9.

Leadership

  • Dr. David Lavigne
  • Rev. Douglas Anderson
  • Rev. Gord Horsley
  • Dr. Dave Hunter
  • Dr. Gary Barkman
  • Dr. Steve Smethers
  • Rev. Cythnia Lavigne

Purpose

The church is named the "The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada - Christian Disciples" in the light of Paul's message in the gospel of Matthew 28:19:

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

The Canadian ECC has a commitment to restore the church to the New Testament pattern.

Organization and Structure

The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada is headed by the General Superintendent. Provincial District Superintendents report to the General Superintendent and oversee the various activities that take place in their districts or regions.

Ministries

The early participants in the Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) consisted of those who came away from a variety of fundamental, evangelical denominations, not in an attempt to reform any particular denomination, but rather in an effort to "restore" the "original" church according to the New Testament pattern. They believed that history was moving toward a spiritual climax where God's power will be poured out on the church. Restorationist promoters understood that this supernatural move could be the Lord's final move where the church will be endued with power to Christianize the world before Jesus returns. In order for this dominion pursuit to be realized, the Five-fold ministry expounded in Ephesians 4:11 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) needed to be commissioned by the Church and given to exercise their spiritual gifts and authority in the church of Jesus Christ.

Sacraments

The Evangelical Christian Church (Christian Disciples) believes that Jesus Christ instituted two sacraments as instruments of His grace:

  • Baptism is limited to those old enough to make a profession of faith, and is commonly administered by immersion
  • The Lord's Supper is a weekly ordinance which is given to all believers in Christ.

The washing of feet is also an ordinance that is practised by all Christians in obedience to Christ's commands found in the scriptures.

Doctrine

The Canadian ECC does not advocate extremism or fanaticism but does consider the Bible as authoritative.

The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada's eleven Articles of Faith are considered to be their definitive doctrinal statement:

  1. The Bible as the written Word of God
  2. The virgin birth of Jesus
  3. The Deity of Christ
  4. The Person and work of the Holy Spirit
  5. The Trinity
  6. Salvation through the Atonement
  7. The guidance of our life through prayer
  8. The death and resurrection of Christ
  9. The return of the Saviour
  10. The resurrection of the redeemed and the lost
  11. The millennial Reign of Christ

The church does not advocate any other doctrine unless it "lines up and is consistent with the whole counsel of God's Word and does not engender fear or confusion." Ministers and clergy may hold other personal opinions or other Christian doctrinal beliefs, for example, pertaining to dress code, hair length, observations of days, and informal or formal worship.

Training

In 1997, The Evangelical Christian Church in Canada started their ministerial training centre which was named the "School of Christian Ministry". In 2007, the school was renamed to Waterloo Bible College. The school operates in areas of Christian counselling, house churches, and church planting. The campus is in Waterloo, Ontario, the technology capital of Canada.

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