Ministry office

The Church of the Brethren believes in the priesthood of all believers, meaning that we understand all members to be in ministry. However, we call out certain people for licensing or ordination to the set-apart ministry. We provide multiple tracks for education and training, and we also are serious about supporting and sustaining ministers once they’re established in leadership.

Join Drs. Kim and Kettering-Lane on July 30 from 1-2 EDT as they explore the Holy Spirit's significance within various Christian traditions, including the Church of the Brethren. REGISTER for the WEBINAR by clicking on the link here: Exploring the Spirit Webinar

Continuing education credit (0.1 CEU) for Church of the Brethren ministers may be obtained at no cost from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership when registering for this webinar.


Part-Time Pastor, Full-Time Church

The Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church program is a new, grant funded initiative of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry providing support to multivocational, part-time pastors in their own context.

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Worship resources

The Ministry Office is inviting pastors and other congregational leaders to share creative online worship service resources that could be used by others across the denomination during this unusual season in the church’s life.

Worship resources may be submitted at www.brethren.org/shareresources.

The submitted resources and ideas will be reviewed by staff of the Ministry Office and posted to download from www.brethren.org/holyweekresources.


Ministry Resources

Related news

Webinars explore path to healing racism, eco-discipleship
(August 1, 2020)
Upcoming webinars are by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries, Intercultural Ministry, Outdoor Ministry Association, and Office of Ministry. Topics include “Witness of Churches on the Path to Healing Racism: A Theological Exploration” and “Cultivating a Verdant Faith: Eco Discipleship Practices for the 21st Century Church.”


Webinar to explore Holy Spirit as ‘mover and shaker of ideas and actions’
(July 17, 2020)
The Office of Ministry is sponsoring a webinar titled “Exploring the Holy Spirit: Mover and Shaker of Ideas and Actions” on July 30 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern time). Leading the event will be Grace Ji-Sun Kim, professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, and Denise Kettering-Lane, associate professor of Brethren Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary. Both schools are located in Richmond, Ind.


Scott Kinnick resigns as district executive minister for Southeastern District
(July 16, 2020)
Scott Kinnick has announced his resignation as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Southeastern District, a position he has held for the past four years. He began as district executive in Sept. 2016 and will officially conclude his service on Dec. 31, 2020.


Committee recommends small increase to minimum cash salary table for pastors in 2021
(July 13, 2020)
In light of the cancellation of this year’s Annual Conference, the Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee is offering a recommendation rather than a delegate-approved decision. The committee is recommending a 0.5 percent (one half of one percent) increase to the 2021 recommended Minimum Cash Salary Table for Pastors.


Ministerial ethics training shifts to online format
(July 1, 2020)
Church of the Brethren ministers needing to complete the advanced level ethics training requirement for credentialing renewal have found increased options in today’s virtual world. In mid-March the Office of Ministry began transitioning to offering such sessions online.


Ministry Summer Service interns for 2020 serve home congregations or serve remotely
(June 29, 2020)
Seven interns are serving as a part of Ministry Summer Service (MSS) despite alterations to the program due to COVID-19. Instead of meeting in-person for a week-long orientation and then spending nine weeks serving alongside a ministry mentor in a local setting, interns are meeting weekly for education, formation, and fellowship sessions via video conference. Interns offer leadership to their home congregations, as possible given local COVID-19 guidelines where they live, or to another congregation through technology.


Church districts offer recommendations regarding in-person gatherings
(May 22, 2020)
Leadership teams of several Church of the Brethren districts have issued recommendations recently regarding congregations gathering in buildings. Districts that have begun sharing guidance include, among others, Mid-Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, and Southern Ohio and Kentucky.


Brethren Academy celebrates students who have completed their ministry training
(May 19, 2020)
The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership celebrates 10 students who have completed their ministry training program this year. Four students will receive certificates from the Training in Ministry (TRIM) program. Six students will receive certificates from Seminario Bíblico Anabautista Hispano de la Iglesia de Los Hermanos (SeBAH-COB). These six represent the first-ever graduating class from SeBAH-COB.