The Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC) is a theologically conservative denomination believing strongly in the autonomy of the local church. It is made up of churches that are Congregational, Christian, and Evangelical and Reformed in their background, as well as independent Community churches. It is solidly committed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, but allows for diversity in those areas where Christians have tended to disagree. CCCC church members hold strong convictions, but do not believe that Christians should divide over secondary issues. As an evangelical denomination, it is strongly committed to evangelism and missions. We draw from historic Congregational, Bible and Community churches.
Within the CCCC one will find a network of local churches, missionaries, military chaplains, seminary professors, hospital and nursing home chaplains, and others engaged in or preparing for full-time Christian service.
The nature of our fellowship is one of unity and diversity within a conservative framework. Puritan Richard Baxter gives us a defining credo with: “In essentials, unity…in non-essentials, charity…and in all things, love”. To include as brothers and sisters those with diverse convictions in certain theological areas is a strength and in harmony with Biblical truth. The architects of Congregationalism labored for the freedom to be ruled by God. This means that Jesus Christ alone is head of the Church and Lord of the conscience. He directs His Church through Scripture, speaking in this manner to officials and individual members.
The CCCC largely embraces the teachings of the Reformation with its Calvinistic theology, yet offers freedom to embrace doctrines that differ in certain ways from the Reformation perspective. This freedom reflects our view of the Church and is a distinctive of Congregationalism. We embrace all essential Christian teachings, yet accept diversity in non-essentials (such as eschatology, the role of women, the charismatic movement and church ordinances). The Conference has taken positions supporting racial reconciliation and the pro-life movement, and has adopted codes of ethics for clergy and churches.
Our heritage is with the Pilgrims and Puritans, who came to our shores in search of religious freedom. Our historic Confession of Faith is the 1658 Savoy Declaration, a modification of the Presbyterian Westminster Confession. According to historic Congregational principles, each church is complete in itself and independent from every other. Area Representatives offer encouragement, accountability and support, but not control (micro-management) over Conference churches. Area CCCC churches often join together for fellowship activities, seminars, concerts, etc. It is a comfort to know that we’re not “on our own”.
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