Indiana-Kentucky Conference, Records, 1857-1947
We are pleased to announce a new addition to our collection! The records of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference (Christian Church [Denomination]) have been processed and are now available to researchers. These records document four regional conferences of the Christian Church in Indiana.
The Christian Church traces its roots back to three separate and distinct branches which spontaneously arose in various portions of the country and from various denominational heritages. Each of these three branches eschewed denominational hierarchy. They claimed the Bible as their only creed and rejected any descriptive title other than "Christian". To avoid the appearance of denominationalism, they most often referred to themselves as the "Christian Connection" rather than "Christian denomination". In the 1930s the Christians merged with the Congregationalist Churches, making the Christians an important (though often overlooked or under-represented) part of Congregational heritage (for a visual representation of this heritage, check out this denominational "family tree" by The ARDA).