Brethren Volunteer Service

Brethren Volunteer Service is a full time volunteer program that places volunteers in a one or two year long assignment in the United States and some locations around the world. This ministry of the Church of the Brethren has been a major program in this Christian denomination since 1948.

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Upcoming Orientation Units

Unit #309 (Summer)

Dates: July 19 to August 7, 2015
Location: Camp Mardela, a church of the Brethren camp in Denton, Maryland
Application deadline: June 5, 2015

Unit #310 (BRF)

Dates: August 23 to September 1, 2015
Location: Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland
Application deadline: July 10, 2015
*The purpose of this unit is to offer Brethren Volunteer Service in a context where conservative, evangelical Christian beliefs are taught and advocated. This orientation is open to those who uphold the values of the Brethren Revival Fellowship and other interested Christians who affirm this faith perspective.

Unit #311 (Fall)

Dates: September 27 to October 16, 2015
Location: Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland
Application deadline: August 14, 2015



BVS updates

BVS announces Partners in Service Awards for 2015
(May 20, 2015)
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is pleased to announce the 2015 Partners in Service Award. Three congregations will share this award, which will be presented at the BVS luncheon on Monday, July 13, at the Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla. The Partners in Service Award is presented each year to an individual, group, or organization that has shown an exceptional commitment to the work of sharing God’s love through acts of service.


Volunteers for the Church of the Brethren gather for a retreat in Honduras
(April 29, 2015)
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) and Global Mission and Service workers gathered for four days in late March at the PANACAM park in Cortes, Honduras, for a time of retreat. The group gathers once a year for reflection, devotion, and support. The retreat was led by Dan McFadden, director of BVS. All of the volunteers, including those in BVS, receive financial support for their work from the Global Mission and Service program of the Church of the Brethren.


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