What Are Some Non-Denominational Churches?


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Some non-denominational churches include The Crossing, a Christian Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, First Christian Church in Springfield, Ohio, New Hope Community Church in Portland, Oregon, Traders Point Christian Church in Whitestown, Indiana, and Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago, Illinois. Non-denominational churches are those that do not have ties to any large denomination. Some examples of denominations include Baptist, Methodist and Episcopal.

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Non-denominational churches are historically Protestant and typically have an officially autonomous designation within themselves. Some congregations form a de facto denomination wherein leaders agree on doctrine and accountability. Other congregations completely reject any form of denominational authority as a matter of principle. Non-denominational churches generally prefer the policy of directing local congregations within and according to the Bible, not on ecclesiastical authority.

Non-denominational churches have seen a rapid rise of membership in the last four decades since 1974. The growth rate has been over 100 percent per decade. As of 2015, nearly a third of all evangelicals in the United States consider themselves non-denominational.

Critics of non-denominational churches say that they hide the core theological issues that created denominations to begin with. A religion scholar from Boston University named Stephen Prothero argues that non-denominational Christianity encourages theological ignorance and promotes a comfortable moralism that increases conflicts rather than reduces them.

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