History

The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship, often informally known as the Fellowship, is a nondenominational, Christian restorationist church that is considered by its members to be the restoration of the original church founded by Jesus Christ.

Important Dates in Restoration History

Joseph Smith Jr. and the original denomination

  • December 23, 1805: Joseph Smith Jr. is born (Avahr 4:5)
  • Spring of 1820: Joseph Smith Jr. has his first vision (Avahr 5:3)
  • Sometime in 1821 or 1822: Joseph Smith Jr. (age 16) has his second vision (Avahr 6:30)
  • September 21, 1823: Joseph Smith Jr. sees Moroni in vision (Avahr 7)
  • September 22, 1823: Joseph Smith Jr. sees the gold plates for the first time (Avahr 8)
  • September 22, 1827: Joseph Smith Jr. receives the gold plates and the Urim & Thummim (Avahr 9)
  • March 1830: The Book of Mormon is published
  • April 6, 1830: The Church of Christ is organized
  • June 27, 1844: Joseph Smith Jr. is martyred and the original Church splinters

The Church of Christ Splintered

  • Community of Christ Temple by Shane Adams

    June 27, 1844: James Strang is ordained by an angel to lead the Saints

  • Later in 1844: James Strang organizes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, some 12,000 members follow him, including the Smith family and some prominent members of the original denomination
  • April 6, 1845: Sidney Rigdon forms the Church of Jesus Christ of the Children of Zion
  • December 27, 1847: Brigham Young declares the Apostles, with himself as their head, the governing body of the Saints
  • 1851: Brigham Young offically organizes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • April 6, 1860: The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) is organized
  • June 6, 1860: Joseph Smith III replaces the president of the RLDS Church
  • 2001: The RLDS Church is renamed Community of Christ
  • 1844-present: Over a thousand Latter Day Saint denominations are organized, with over 100 currently existing today

The Fellowship

  • November 6, 2015: David Ferriman accepts his call to the ministry, later that same day receives a revelation to name the ministry “The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship”
  • November 7, 2015: The website CJCCF.org goes online
  • January 5, 2019: The Council of Elders meets for the first time in Kentucky
  • April 6, 2019: The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship is officially organized in Kirtland, Ohio by a vote of over 70 Saints world wide
  • October 9, 2019: The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship is officially recognized as a legal entity by the State of Ohio

 

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