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This collection includes images of people, places, and events related to the history of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

 

Born out of early 19th-century frontier revivalism in the United States, the Movement’s early leadership included former Presbyterians Barton Stone (1772-1844) and Alexander Campbell (1788-1866). They hoped to restore the New Testament church in order to foster Christian unity to make possible the evangelization of the world.

 

By the middle of the 20th century, the Movement had matured into a significant religious group in the United States and the British Commonwealth. Highly organized, ecumenical missions had spread the Movement in Latin America and European colonies in Asia and Africa, where emphasis was placed on evangelism, church-planting, education, and medical work. Yet, significant tensions had developed as leaders adapted the Movement to new intellectual and social contexts. In the 20th century, this movement for Christian unity differentiated into at least three distinct groups in North America: conservative (Churches of Christ), moderate (Christian Churches/Churches of Christ), and liberal (Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]).

 

In Britain and her dominions, most of the Movement’s congregations and other institutions entered into Protestant union churches in the 1960s and 1970s. As movements toward decolonization accelerated, the churches in the Movement’s mission fields did the same. These churches maintain identification with the North American Movement to varying degrees; some have developed ongoing partnerships with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  In some areas, the Movement's more conservative groups continue conventional forms of mission work.

 

This collection is maintained by Dr. Scott Seay, Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Curator of Special Collections at CTS.  He can be reached at sseay@cts.edu or by calling (317) 931-2347.

 

 

 

 
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