“To the Bible, then, all must come at last if they
would be truly wise in spiritual things..”
John Thomas, founder of the Christadelphians,
in “Elpis Israel”, 1848
The Christadelphians are a non-Trinitarian Christian group who believe in the literal return of Christ to the earth. Our fellowship is linked by a common understanding of the Bible and Christianity and fellowship is entered through baptism of believers by full immersion.
Christadelphians aim to get as close as possible to the faith and practice of the early Christian church and can be described as "a lay community patterned after first century Christianity".
Christadelphians base their faith on the Bible and nothing else. We regard the Bible as inspired by God and the only source of knowledge about God and his plans. We believe that the Bible should be read as a whole, and understood through the plain meaning of its words.
Christadelphians have no priests, paid ministers, or central leadership, nor do we have elaborate churches, robes or ceremonies. The primary unit of organisation is a local group of like-minded believers who come together to form a church or ecclesia (a term taken from a Greek word meaning 'assembly of the called out'). Each ecclesia is self-governing and autonomous. Members call each other 'Brother' or 'Sister' and leadership or administrative roles in the group are shared amongst the members. There are some 300 ecclesias in the UK and many more worldwide.
Such central organisation as there is consists of various committees who organise missionary, educational and caring work, and offices that publish magazines and books.