The Design at 50: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Recommendations

Approved by Disciples in 1968, the Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been our governing document for 50 years. Much has changed since that time and the church has gained experience in what is working well and what could be improved.

In January 2019, Brite Divinity School held a one-day symposium to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the Design at 50. Below are videos and papers from the symposium.

Bill Lee’s Paper
Tim Lee’s Response

Kris Culp’s Paper
Lori Tapia’s Response

Chuck Blaisdell’s Paper
Dawn Weaks’ Response