The Christian Standard a religious periodical associated with the Restoration Movement that was established in 1866. The Standard began focusing on a particular branch of the movement, the Christian churches and churches of Christ, in second half of the 20th century and became the most influential of the movement publications among those churches.
The Standard was founded in Cleveland, Ohio by W.S Streater, W.J. Ford, J.P. Robinson, T.W. Phillips, C.M. Phillips, G.W.M. Yost, James A. Garfield and Isaac Errett, with Errett serving as the editor. The effort was not financially successful, and after two years Errett agreed to take over the venture along with its debts.
Under the leadership of Errett, who became the first president of the Foreign Christian Missionary Society, the Standard strongly supported the cause of missionary societies. During the early 20th century the Standard took an editorial stance against modernism and liberalism, and opposed the acceptance of "open membership" by the United Christian Missionary Society (UCMS). As the century progressed, the Standard focused solely on the Christian churches and churches of Christ and became the most influential of the movement publications among that branch of the Restoration Movement.
Towards the end of the 20th century competition from other forms of media and "the increasing secularization of the culture" has reduced the relative influence of the Standard.
- Douglas Allen Foster and Anthony L. Dunnavant, The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, Churches of Christ, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004, ISBN 0-8028-3898-7, ISBN 978-0-8028-3898-8, 854 pages, entry on Christian Standard, pages 197-199.