Jesus Christ is the only head of the Church, to which all who are saved from every generation and all nations belong. This universal Church is seen in local churches, which are congregations of believers who are united in their love for the Lord Jesus Christ and are committed to each other for the worship of God, for pastoral and personal care, discipline, and evangelism. The Bible and the faithful preaching of God’s Word are central to and commanded for true worship.
Even the purest local churches may and often will still contain error on secondary and tertiary matters of doctrine. Sadly, some local churches have ceased to be churches of Christ in sacrificing the primary doctrines of Christ and the Gospel. Nevertheless, Christ always has had and will have in this world, to the very end, those who believe in Him and profess His name. Unity, therefore, is expressed within and between local churches by mutual love, care, and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to Christ and the Gospel.