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.

Holy Week Worship Planning

Many congregations have suspended in-person worship during the COVID-19 crisis yet are seeking to find ways to stay deeply connected to one another and their communities. The Office of Ministry is hosting a webinar to give ministers and worship planners an opportunity to share ideas and resources with one another for planning for Holy Week in adaptive and innovative ways.

When: Friday, Mar 27, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time

The Holy Week Worship Planning webinar will be repeated in Zoom meeting format at this meeting link:   Meeting ID: 845 927 932

Advanced Ethics Training

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
0.5 CEUs
Register by June 10

Download the Advanced Ethics Training brochure

Brethren Ministers' Association
2020 Pre-Annual Conference Event

The Church in 1 Corinthians:
Challenges for Today
with Dr. Michael J Gorman

June 30 – July 1, 2020
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Event brochure

Register now

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.

Find out more

Ministry Resources

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

Related news

Ministry Office collects resources for love feast and Easter virtual worship services
(March 27, 2020)
Following two webinars with Church of the Brethren pastors this week, the staff of the Ministry Office are collecting worship resources for use in virtual love feast and Easter services.

Webinar on Holy Week worship planning is offered by the Office of Ministry
(March 19, 2020)
The Office of Ministry of the Church of the Brethren will host a Zoom webinar conversation on March 26 focused on Holy Week worship planning. Many congregations have suspended in-person worship during the COVID-19 crisis yet are seeking to find ways to stay deeply connected to one another and their communities.

New webpage provides ministry resources for congregations and church leaders
(March 17, 2020)
A new webpage with resources for congregations and church leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic has been posted at . This webpage, which will be updated on a regular basis, is focused on ministry resources to support congregations and church leaders during a time when congregations may not gather in person.

Brethren Academy updates course listing for 2020 into 2021
(January 16, 2020)
The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has updated its course listing for 2020 into 2021. Courses are offered for continuing education credit (2 units per course), for personal enrichment, and for TRIM/EFSM credit. To register and pay for courses go to or contact or 765-983-1824.

Retreat gathers clergywomen from across denomination
(January 16, 2020)
Church of the Brethren clergywomen gathered in retreat at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the Phoenix area, on Jan. 6-9. The 57 women from across the denomination were led by presenter Mandy Smith on the theme, “Treasure in Clay Pots” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

Committee formed to challenge districts to help call people to the ministry
(September 14, 2019)
A “Calling the Called” committee has been formed to carry out the work of challenging every Church of the Brethren district to hold an event for persons to discern a call of God to the set-apart ministry.

Elsie Koehn retires from Southern Plains District leadership
(August 27, 2019)
Elsie Koehn has retired as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Southern Plains District. She has served in district leadership for more than 10 years. She concluded her service and was recognized during the district conference held in Falfurrias, Texas, on Aug. 8-9.

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.