Beliefs and Practices
Open Communion: The Lord's Supper or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all, regardless of their religious or church affiliation.
Valuing Diversity: Each person is free to determine individual beliefs guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer.
Baptism by Immersion: In baptism, the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust is God is made possible. Although Disciples generally practice baptism by immersion, all baptism traditions are honored.
Importance of Church Unity: All Christians should cooperate in ministry where ever possible, affirming each other as sisters and brothers in Christ.
Ministry of All Believers: Both ministers and lay persons lead worship, direct services opportunities and nurture spiritual growth.
Freedom of Belief: Disciples are called together around one essential element of faith; belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
HCC Mission Statements
Calling: Hilton Christian Church exists because of our belief in God as revealed through Jesus Christ. We confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and we proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
Identity: We believe that the Bible is our guide for faith and life and that each believer is free to interpret the scriptures as led by God’s Spirit; baptism is a symbolic act of our belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior; communion is an affirmation of faith to be celebrated each Lord’s Day and is open to all; the unity of all believers is based upon the love of Jesus Christ and His commandment that we love one another.
Purpose: Our mission is to proclaim the good news and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to all people through word and deed.
Open & Affirming
Open & Affirming (O&A) churches strive to be welcoming places, places that welcome you whatever your skin color, accent, clothing, or the gender of your spouse. An O&A church seeks to welcome all people without judgment and to provide a welcome that honors and accepts the diversity that is the image of God in creation. An O&A church works to ensure that when we say 'all are welcome,' we truly mean everyone. Please read the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance pamphlet to learn more.