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The Churches of Christ A Comparative Essay Over the past ten years there has been much controversy in the Christian and secular media about the International Churches of Christ ICC and the United or mainline Church of Christ CoC This controversy has stemmed from the ICCs misuse of funds doctrinal problems member abuse and mind-control The differences between the CoC and the ICC are important for Christians know and understand The CoC began in 1957 when these four groups merged The Congregational Churches The Christian Church The Evangelical Synod of North America and The Reformed Church in the United States These churches had firm Protestant roots in England Germany Sweden and the United States totaling over 49 years in their own traditions and fellowship On June 25 of 1957 the four churches held a synod meeting in Cleveland Ohio to commit more fully to unity liberty freedom in Christ and the evangelism of the world These groups under the head of the Uniting General Synod became the United Churches of Christ Today the CoC has over two thousand registered churches in the world By 1979 the roots of the CoC were firmly in place It was then that Chuck Lucas a pastor at the Gainesville Church of Christ mainline met a young college student Kip McKean and began discipling him Kip was a bright student and showed great potential for leadership in the church However something in the discipling process went wrong Kip was expelled from the Gainesville church later that year for reasons dealing with departure from the CoC doctrine manipulative attitude unclear motivation and controlling of others lives Kip and his wife Elena moved to Boston and started a small church that grew rapidly from thirty to over three hundred disciples in two months Kip who by this time proclaimed himself as Gods man for Gods mission then declared in his Evangelism Proclamation speech in 1981 that disciples of his Boston
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