Brethren involvement in India stretches back to 1895. Over the span of years of work in India, the Church of the Brethren helped to establish many congregations as well as schools, health care facilities, and other institutions. In 1970, the Church of the Brethren in India joined together with several other denominations to form the Church of North India (CNI), and the Brethren mission in India closed.
Today the Church of the Brethren continues to be in relationship with two groups in India: the Church of North India and a group of India Brethren who have resisted being part of CNI. Brethren delegations and leaders from the United States have visited in India with both groups. The Church of the Brethren also has facilitated efforts at reconciliation between these sometimes conflicting communities.
Recently efforts have increased to grow the relationship between the Church of the Brethren and both faith communities in India that have Brethren roots.
News from India
Indian Brethren gathered in Valsad, Gujarat, for the church’s 100th Jilla Sabha (district conference). The two-day event began on May 13 with worship and the regular business of the denomination, while May 14 was dedicated to a full day of celebration that ran late into the evening. Attending on behalf of the Church of the Brethren was David Steele, moderator, and Jay Wittmeyer, executive director of Global Mission and Service. Read more »
Church of the Brethren leaders general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer joined the Church of North India (CNI) at its 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Synod. The triennial event was held Oct. 1- 4 at Sherwood College in the hill station community of Nainital, Uttrakhand, and was build around the theme “Come; Let Us Rebuild...” (Nehemiah 2:17). Read more »