History

The Fellowship of Christ, often informally known as the Fellowship, is a nondenominational, Christian restorationist movement.

Important Dates in Restoration History

Joseph Smith Jr. and the original denomination

  • December 23, 1805 (Tevet 2, 5566): Joseph Smith Jr. is born (Avahr 4:5)
  • Spring of 1820 (5580): Joseph Smith Jr. has his first vision (Avahr 5:3)
  • Sometime in 1821 or 1822 (5581 or 5582): Joseph Smith Jr. (age 16) has his second vision (Avahr 6:30)
  • September 21, 1823 (Tishrei 16, 5584): Joseph Smith Jr. sees Moroni in vision (Avahr 7)
  • September 22, 1823 (Tishrei 17, 5584): Joseph Smith Jr. sees the gold plates for the first time (Avahr 8)
  • September 22, 1827 (Tishrei 1, 5588): Joseph Smith Jr. receives the gold plates and the Urim & Thummim (Avahr 9)
  • 1829 (5589): The Church of Christ is organized
  • March 1830 (Adar 5590): The Book of Mormon is published
  • April 6, 1830 (Nisan 13, 5590): The Church of Christ is legally organized, using 6 just of the 80 or more members
  • June 27, 1844 (Tamuz 10, 5604): 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 (Tamuz 10, 5604): James Strang is ordained by an angel to lead the Saints

  • Later in 1844 (5604): 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 (Adar II 28, 5605): Sidney Rigdon forms the Church of Jesus Christ of the Children of Zion
  • December 27, 1847 (Tevet 20, 5608): Brigham Young declares the Apostles, with himself as their head, the governing body of the Saints
  • 1851 (5612): Brigham Young officially organizes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • April 6, 1860 (Nisan 1, 5616): The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) is organized
  • June 6, 1860 (Sivan 3, 5616): Joseph Smith III is made president of the RLDS Church
  • 2001 (5761): The RLDS Church is renamed Community of Christ
  • 1844-present (5604-present): Thousands Latter Day Saint denominations are organized, with well over 200 currently existing today

The Fellowship of Christ

  • November 6, 2015 (23 Cheshvan, 5776): David 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 (25 Cheshvan, 5776): The website CJCCF.org goes online
  • January 5, 2019 (Tevet 28, 5779): The Council of Elders meets for the first time in Kentucky
  • April 6, 2019 (Nisan 1, 5779): 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 Tishrei 10, 5780, Yom Kippur): The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship is officially recognized as a legal entity by the State of Ohio
  • July 12, 2021: To avoid confusion, the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship is re-branded (but not renamed) The Fellowship of Christ