Open Roof Fellowship

Open roof award logo

2016
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren
Mt. Wilson Church of the Brethren
Parables Community
Spruce Run Church of the Brethren
Luray Church of the Brethren
Union Center Church of the Brethren

2015
Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren
Staunton Church of the Brethren

2014
Clover Creek Church of the Brethren
Lone Star Church of the Brethren
South Waterloo Church of the Brethren

2013
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren
Stone Church of the Brethren
Wolgamuth Church of the Brethren

2012
Hanover Church of the Brethren
Mountville Church of the Brethren
Wabash Church of the Brethren

2011
Oakton Church of the Brethren

2009
Goshen City Church of the Brethren

2008
La Verne Church of the Brethren

2007
Lititz Church of the Brethren

2006
Papago Buttes Church of the Brethren

2005
Black Rock Church of the Brethren

2004
Lansing Church of the Brethren

"Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dig through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, 'Son, you are forgiven…'" Mark 2:3-5

The Open Roof Fellowship is comprised of Church of the Brethren congregations that have put forth significant effort to establish and grow ministries for and with persons of all abilities.

Open Roof congregations are enriched through diversity and enlivened by welcoming persons of all abilities into Christian fellowship, worship, education, discipleship, and service. They seek to ensure that “all may worship, serve, be served, learn and grow in the presence of God as valued members in the Christian community.” Through this designation, in addition to being connected to each other, congregations are listed as such by the denomination, and receive information of interest from the Church of the Brethren Disabilities Ministry Office and the Anabaptist Disabilities Network.

Applications for the Open Roof Fellowship are due June 1 (so that new member congregations can be recognized at Annual Conference). Please fill out the form online or print out a copy and follow the instructions provided for submission. Questions can be addressed to Debbie Eisenbise, Director of Intergenerational Ministries at 1-800-323-8039 x306. If your congregation is interested in analyzing your attitudes and accommodation of persons of all abilities, there is a self-assessment gauging congregational accessibility available. If you are interested in education and fostering discussion, please consider this bibliography and the “5 Stages: the Journey of Disability Attitudes”.

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 New congregations in the Open Roof Fellowship are recognized at the 2016 pre-conference Mission and Ministry Board meeting
Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Representatives of the new congregations in the Open Roof Fellowship are recognized at the meeting of the Mission and Ministry Board in advance of the 2016 Annual Conference.

Open Roof Fellowship

Description of ministries

Cedar Lake Church of the Brethren
Clover Creek Church of the Brethren
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren
Goshen City Church of the Brethren (scroll down)
Hanover Church of the Brethren
La Verne Church of the Brethren (scroll down)
Lone Star Church of the Brethren
Luray Church of the Brethren
Mount Wilson Church of the Brethren
Mountville Church of the Brethren
Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren
Oakton Church of the Brethren
Parables Community
South Waterloo Church of the Brethren
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren
Spruce Run Church of the Brethren
Staunton Church of the Brethren
Stone Church of the Brethren
Union Center Church of the Brethren
Wabash Church of the Brethren
Wolgamuth Church of the Brethren