At FCC Fayetteville, our mission is to be a church that serves, loves, learns, and mends.
We will accomplish this mission by discerning God’s call as we work together for wholeness and reconciliation, as Christ did, through serving our community and in our relationships with one another.
SERVE Our church is serving. We are at our best when we work together to make our communities a place where everyone has access to shelter, food, clothing and eduction. Jesus reminds us to serve others as if we were serving him: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
LOVE Our church is inclusive. We recognize all are created in the image of God and are children of God. We strive to be a community in which all who seek a genuine relationship with God and a church family are welcome with hospitality into the full life and ministry of the Church where each one’s gifts can be discovered and used to build up the kingdom of God on earth.
LEARN Our church is thinking. We stand in awe of God and recognize that studying the Bible and interpreting scripture is a process of “faith seeking understanding” and not a striving toward rigid certainty. We value diversity of thought and intellectual freedom. We cherish this as a safe place to openly discuss any topic as it relates to our life and faith.
MEND Our church is reconciling. We recognize we are created by a God of love who desires us to be in community. Events in our lives can lead to divisiveness and brokenness so that we fall short of living into our intended creation. Jesus gave his followers the ministry of reconciliation, and we are made whole when we adhere to Jesus’ commands that we are to love God and love neighbor. Wholeness comes when we seek to reconcile with one another.
What is the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)?
Our Identity-We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.
Our Mission- To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
Our Vision- To be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.
– Micah 6:8
Our Confession- As members of the Christian Church, we confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
For more information, visit disciples.org
FCC Fayetteville's History
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Fayetteville is blessed to claim generations of people who have come before and followed God’s vision and call. A 170-year legacy comes with the responsibility of seeking God’s direction for new ways we can, in Christ’s name, continue to be a serving, loving, learning, mending church community.
First Christian Church of Fayetteville, Arkansas was born in the winter of 1848 after a 12-day tent meeting held by two pastors, 25-year old Robert Graham and 60-year old John T. Johnson.
A few years later, Rev. Graham founded Arkansas College on grounds where the church now stands. The college buildings were destroyed by fire in December 1862 during the Battle of Fayetteville. Fire also destroyed the original church, located on the Downtown Square. After the war, a new church was completed in 1872 on the location where Arkansas College once stood.
Another fire in 1912, caused by a faulty coal furnace, destroyed that church, but through the fortitude of the people a new church was constructed. On May 24, 1914, a dedication service was held for the First Christian Church in which we still worship today.
A complete history, “Fayetteville First Christian Church: Historical Notes from the First 160 Years,” is available at the Fayetteville Public Library and in the Mullin’s Library at the University of Arkansas.