The Independent Christian Church, Churches of Christ (instrumental)

The Independent Christian Churches are a theologically conservative, Protestant Christian fellowship of autonomous churches within the "Restoration Movement."  The fellowship has no denominational organization, no central headquarters and no authority over the independent local congregations.  The movement claims to have returned to a New Testament faith and practice.  In worship, they use instrumental music - unlike the Churches of Christ (non-instrumental). They emphasize the celebration of the Lord's Supper, Communion or the Eucharist in other traditions.  The movement separated from the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in 1968 when the Disciples formally organized into a denomination.  In 2000, the Independent Christian Churches had approximately 1,072,000 members with 5,678 churches in the United States.  

The Independent Christian Churches' participation in the FACT project included a survey of 969 churches randomly chosen from a listing of all Independent Christian Churches congregations in the United States.  A total of 349 questionnaires were returned for a 36.02% response rate.  View the version of the questionnaire used by the Independent Christian Churches.

If you are interested in obtaining specific information about the results of the Independent Christian Churches survey, please get in touch with their contact person David Osborn at [email protected]

There is no denominationally sanctioned website but you can read about this movement on the Internet at The Restoration Movement