Restoration Movement

   The Reformation Movement of Luther, Huss, Calvin, Wesley,, had the goal of reforming the Roman Catholic Church, and end the many abuses of that denomination.    We, on the other hand, desire to go back entirely to the pattern of the church which God had given in the New Testament.  Our belief is if all followers of the Messiah would unite in the effort to restore the church in the Bible, the unity for which Christ prayed would be achieved.

Roger Chambers class on the Restoration Movement

History of the Restoration Movement.  This is a fascinating site by our Accapella brethren.

Thomas Campbell:  Declaration  and  Address

W.H. Hanna: Thomas Campbell: Seceder and Christian Union Advocate

J.D. Murch: Christians Only.  This is a survey of the beginnings of the Restoration Movement: the revivals that preceded it, Thomas Campbell’s struggle and disassociation with sectarianism, and Alexander Campbell’s guidance to organizational infrastructure. Murch reiterates (368ff) the Restoration plea for Christian unity in the stated hope that it would be adopted by the ecumenical movement of the time of writing (early 1960s).

Charles Dailey

    Restoration History  -01     -02     -03     -04     -05

Jessee J. Haley: Makers and Molders of the Restoration Movement

William Robinson: What Churches of Christ Stand For

John H. Waddey: Studies on the Restoration of New Testament Christianity

Roy Cogdill: The New Testament Church

W.L. Hayden: Church Polity

R.B. Ryans: New Testament Names

Hugo McCord: The Divine Name

Dave Miller: The Name “Christian” and the Bible

J.H. Garrison: The Old Faith Restated vol 1

                       : The Old Faith Restated vol 2

William T. Moore: Comprehensive History of the Disciples of Christ

The Stone-Campbell e-Print Library

The Stone-Campbell Dialogue


Journals (historical)

The Christian Messenger, ed. Barton W. Stone, 1826-44 (14 volumes)

Macedonian Call/Spiritual Call ed. D. Austen Sommer, 1926 - 1952 (26 volumes)

Address and Declaration. Daniel Sommer, August 17, 1889

Mission Messenger, ed. W. Carl Ketcherside, 1940 - 1975

Bible Talk, ed., Leroy Garrett, 1952 - 1958

Restoration Review, ed. Leroy Garrett, 1959 - 1992


SoldierOn! by Leroy Garrett. 2003 —

An Address to the Churches of Christ, Barton W. Stone

Other resources:

Unity In Diversity (works of W. Carl Ketcherside)

Stone-Campbell Movement Research Guide

Center for Restoration Studies

Disciples of Christ Historical Society