Yale Avenue Christian (Disciples of Christ) was organized on January 16, 1955, with the support of the Christian Churches of the Tulsa area to serve the growing needs of Southeast Tulsa. The congregation met for worship at Eisenhower Elementary School until the first unit of the existing building was completed in 1957. Rapid growth required the building of a second unit within five years. A major remodeling project of the sanctuary and narthex was completed in 1982. The Family Life Center, new entrance and foyer were completed in 2001 to help with our growing congregation. The current church building stands as a tribute to the faith and ministries of this family both past and present.
From the beginning, worship has been at the heart of congregation life. The church finds its oneness in Christ as we gather around the Lord’s Table for communion every Sunday. There we find renewed faith and strength to go out into the world caring, sharing, and serving in the name of Jesus. Yale Avenue Christian Church celebrated its 60th Anniversary in January 2015.
Who We Are and What We Believe
We are Disciples of Christ, a movement of 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.”– Disciples Identity Statement. There are two sayings by early pioneers of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “We have no doctrine, but the Bible. No creed but Christ.” “In essentials unity; in non-essentials liberty, in all things, charity." There are things we believe are essential - where we need to be united in thought and purpose. In the essentials we have unity. Ephesians 4: 4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit, there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” But there are a lot of things in the Christian life that are not essentials. They’re open to interpretation as you study and pray, and ask God to show you His will. There are some things you’re going to differ from other people on. We consider these to be non-essentials and in those we can have diversity. However, in all our beliefs, in all things we have love, we have charity. I Corinthians 13-2 “If I hold in my mind, not only all human knowledge, but also the very secrets of God and if I have the faith that can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.”
Mission Statement of
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The prayerful mission of Yale Avenue Christian Church is Caring, Sharing and Serving in the name of Jesus.
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The following comprises our Value Statements which set the boundaries of opportunity in which individuals and groups within the congregation can live out the Mission and Vision Statements without having to get permission to act. This provides the subtle boundaries that informally sanction or prohibit behavior.
Relevant, biblical preaching. Preaching will be in the language of the people and will relate to our daily lives.
Commitment to the entire Body of Christ. We are not the only church and we will continue to cooperate with other churches and organizations for the growth of God's Kingdom.
Continued relationship to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). We believe that the covenantal nature of this denomination best describes who we are and enables us to most effectively participate in the larger work of the church.
Commitment to prayer. All that we do will flow out of and be guided by prayer.
Commitment to lay ministry. We believe in the "priesthood of all believers," i.e., every member of this congregation is equipped by God's Spirit and called to use their gifts in the ongoing ministry of this congregation. Whenever possible, our ministries will be carried out by the people.
Commitment to small groups. We are committed to small groups because this is where individual transformation, conversion, leadership development, mission and pastoral care takes place most effectively.
Commitment to the Holy Spirit. We believe that through the power of God's Spirit we are continually called to be aware of the "new thing" God seeks to do in, with, and through us. We know that we cannot be the church nor be faithful to God's vision for us without a total reliance on the Spirit.
Commitment to excellence. We are thankful that God gave us his best and we are committed to using God's gifts and power to be the best we can be to the glory of God.
Commitment to growth. We believe that being faithful to God means growing numerically and spiritually. We must pass the faith on to others and we will pursue methods and policies that encourage this without compromising in any way our integrity or our commitment to biblical truth.
Commitment to tolerance and openness. We recognize that diversity is important within our common mission. We do not seek to provide "black and white" answers to the complex questions of life and faith. We are committed to providing the framework within which to seek God's will and guidance to help bring order to the chaos of life.
Commitment to a "dual track" system. We will not take away or stop ministries and programs that are effective and serving our present membership. We will continue these while at the same time adding ministries, services (such as a contemporary worship service that is directed toward "seekers") and programs that will reach the unchurched.
Commitment to families. We realize that the family is in trouble today and we will seek to take the lead in providing help in making families stronger, healthier and more nurturing.