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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||$N=Lead too short |date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Message box|ambox}} }} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Unknown extension tag "ref" is a mainline Protestant Christian denomination in the United States in the Reformed tradition.<ref name="Rice1991">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> It is often referred to as The Christian Church, The Disciples of Christ, or more simply as The Disciples. The Christian Church was a charter participant in the formation of both the World Council of Churches and the Federal Council of Churches (now the National Council of Churches), and it continues to be engaged in ecumenical conversations.

The Disciples' local churches are congregationally governed. In 2008 there were 679,563 members in 3,714 congregations in North America.<ref>Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) - The Association of Religion Data Archives</ref> As of 2012, their Yearbook & Directory claims 625,252 members in 3,627 congregations.<ref>Howard E. Bowers, ed. Yearbook & Directory 2012 of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (Indianapolis, IN: Office of the General Minister and President, 2013), 552-53.</ref>


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