Church of Christ (Temple Lot) (1867 - Present) - Religious GroupReligious Family: Latter-day Saints (Mormonism)
Religious Tradition: Unclassified
Description: The Church of Christ is a denomination of the Latter-day Saint movement headquartered in Independence, Missouri on what is known as the Temple Lot. Members of the church have been known colloquially as Hedrickites, after Granville Hedrick, who was ordained the first leader of the faction in July 1863. The church sees itself as the true continuation of the Church of Christ, which was organized in 1830. After persecutions of the church, migrations, and divisions, the year 1867 marks the return to Independence, Missouri, of four congregations from rural Illinois that had united together and spoke out about errors in the church.
Official Site: https://www.churchofchrist1830.org/
Connections: Church of Christ (Temple Lot)
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Church of Christ (Temple Lot), Trends (1940 - 1972)1
1 All data on clergy, members, and churches are taken from the National Council of Churches’ Historic Archive CD and recent print editions of the Council’s Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. The CD archives all 68 editions of the Yearbook (formerly called Yearbook of the Churches and Yearbook of American Churches) from 1916 to 2000. Read more information on the Historic Archive CD and the Yearbook.
Membership figures are "inclusive." According to the Yearbook, this includes "those who are full communicant or confirmed members plus other members baptized, non-confirmed or non-communicant." Each denomination has its own criteria for membership.
When a denomination listed on the Historic Archive CD was difficult to identify, particularly in early editions of the Yearbook, the ARDA staff consulted numerous sources, including Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions and the Handbook of Denominations in the United States. In some cases, ARDA staff consulted the denomination’s website or contacted its offices by phone. When a denomination could not be positively identified, its data were omitted.