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.
2016 Brethren Ministers’ Association
Pre-Annual Conference Continuing Education Event with author and peace activist John Dear
Walking Toward Peace
The pre-registration cut-off date was June 15.
Craig Smith to retire from leadership of Atlantic Northeast District
(July 23, 2016)
Atlantic Northeast District executive minister Craig H. Smith has announced his retirement, as of the end of this year. He has served in the position for 19 years.
Minister’s Association hears from speaker Fr. John Dear on ‘Walking Toward Peace’
(July 5, 2016)
Participants in this year’s Church of the Brethren Minister’s Association were privileged to receive the teaching and story telling of Fr. John Dear, a Jesuit priest, author, and activist for nonviolence. John (who preferred that we call him that and not “father dear”) came to speak with the Brethren with the strong conviction to affirm who we are as a living peace church, and to challenge us to step further into that calling.
Delegates refer ‘Query: Same Sex Weddings’ to Leadership Team and CODE
(July 5, 2016)
Delegates to the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren have referred the concerns of “Query: Same Sex Weddings” to the Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren in consultation with the Council of District Executives (CODE). The vote to refer the query was close to unanimous.
Scott Kinnick to serve as executive minister for Southeastern District
(June 17, 2016)
Southeastern District has announced that Scott Kinnick will serve as district executive minister, beginning Sept. 1. He is a life-long member of the Church of the Brethren and an ordained minister.