a body or collection of persons, voluntarily associated together, professing to believe that Christ teaches, to do what Christ enjoins, to imitate his example, cherish his spirit, and make known his gospel to others
a society of Christian people assembling at a specified place and time for religious worship and fellowship in the Lord, with Christ as its only head and the word of God as its only rule of faith and practice
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), often abbreviated as the Disciples of Christ or Christian Church, is a denomination of Christian Protestantism that grew out of the Restoration Movement founded by Thomas Campbell and Alexander Campbell of Pennsylvania and West Virginia (then Virginia) and Barton W. Stone of Kentucky. Both families were originally Presbyterians.
The term Christian Church, or Catholic Church, as it was known beginning in AD 110Catholic Information Network: Corunum Apologetic Web Sitehttp://www.cin.org/users/jgallegos/catholic.htm, expresses the idea that organised Christianity (the Christian religion) is seen as an institution. The phrase "The Church" in its widest sense (as "the Body of Christ") has a similar breadth. In traditional Christianity, the term translates ecclesia (in Greek, ÎµÎºÎºÎ»Î·ÏƒÎ¹Î±).