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.

Pre-NOAC Labor Day Sabbath Rest
Preaching and Spiritual Formation

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Pre-NOAC event brochure


2020 Clergywomen's Retreat

Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith

Retreat brochure

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Ministry Resources

Ministerial Leadership Manual documents
2020 salary table for pastors (with guidelines)
Congregational vacancies
District vacancies
Ministerial Statistics

Related news

Colleen Michael retires, Pacific Northwest District appoints interim team
(August 22, 2019)
J. Colleen Michael retired July 31 as district executive minister for Pacific Northwest District, having served for more than seven years since Jan. 1, 2012. The district has appointed a three-member interim team to care for essential functions during a time of discernment regarding organizational structures that will serve the district in the future.


Director of Ministry writes to pastors following shootings
(August 16, 2019)
The Church of the Brethren director of Ministry, Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, wrote a letter to pastors across the denomination after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Her letter followed on that of general secretary David Steele, and encouraged pastors in their work to reduce violence in their own communities.


Upcoming Brethren Academy courses are announced
(June 26, 2019)
The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced upcoming courses open to TRIM and EFSM students, pastors (who may earn 2 continuing education units per course), and other interested people. The academy is a joint program of Bethany Theological Seminary and the Church of the Brethren.


Ministry Summer Service interns begin ministry placements
(June 15, 2019)
The Ministry Summer Service (MSS) participants for this summer have completed orientation and 4 interns have begun serving for 10 weeks in ministry placements. MSS orientation began May 31 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Mentors arrived June 3, and orientation ended on June 5.


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