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History & Polity of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)



Dates & Times: 

August 10-13, 2022 ~ Wednesday-Friday: 5-7PM (PT); 6–8PM (MT); 7–9PM (CT); 8–10PM (ET) 
Saturday Session I: 10AM-12PM (PT); 11AM–1PM (MT); 12–2PM (CT); 1–3PM (ET)  
Saturday Session II: 1-3PM (PT); 2–4PM (MT); 3–5PM (CT); 4–6PM (ET)  

Registration Deadline: 

Registration will remain open until August 8, 2022.



Location: this course will only be offered online this year

After you are registered you will receive information on how to join the online course.


Rev. Belva Brown Jordan

About the Course

This course surveys the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), from its founding two centuries ago to its contemporary witness, expressions, challenges and promises.  Emphasis is placed on the context of North American Christianity, the interaction of the church with the wider culture, and the denomination’s cooperation with, and resistance to, colonialism and racism.  Hence, the course provides a critical examination of the history.  Alongside this approach, the course is simultaneously pastoral in its intent, focusing on the usefulness of Disciples history for understanding the denomination’s current contours, strengths, and areas of needed reform.  The course explores the present functioning of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in it congregational, regional, general, and ecumenical expressions.  An analysis of the theological roots and posture of the Disciples tradition (and Restoration traditions) is offered, as well as a discussion of the missional status, directions and projections of Disciples as a movement.  This class is taught in English, although the student is permitted, if s/he chooses, to read the required readings in another language, if available.

For more information, including the text book list, view the course brochure:


You can register online for this course using the button above. Please register by August 8, 2022.



The cost of the course is $300 if needed for certification or $150 to receive 1.5 CEU's.



You can make your payment by mailing a check to the address below or by clicking the "PAYMENT" button above. If mailing a check to the DSF office in Claremont, please make checks payable to Disciples Seminary Foundation and write "History & Polity" in the memo line.

Disciples Seminary Foundation

115 E. Wilshire Ave.

Fullerton, CA 92832


If you have any questions, please contact us at or call 714-459-0976​.

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