I had a great time in D.C. I kidded the folks at National City Christian Church why they get to call their denomination “Churches of Christ” and “Disciples of Christ.” I mean, those seem like rather generic names that all of us who follow Jesus should be able to use.
With some pathos in their voices, several of the clergy members there told me that their denomination was never meant to be a denomination. It was part of the Restorationist movement to bring all Christians back together, to overthrow denominations. But, in 1968, they gave in and became a denomination. One guy even told me, “1968. Just as the rest of our culture was de-institutionalizing, we institutionalized.”