Calling stories

The Church of the Brethren practices the "priesthood of all believers," which means that every baptized believer is a minister and, together, we are all responsible for carrying out the work of the church. We also call out "set-apart" ministers, people whose gifts, abilities and identities we notice to be particularly suited for ministry and church leadership. These are the sisters and brothers to whom we entrust our common life of faith.

Calling is the work of community. People who are called into ministry experience that call in many different ways - you'll notice quite a variety of stories in these videos - but it always happens in the context of relationship. In the Church of the Brethren, the work of calling out people into set-apart ministry is the privilege and responsibility of individuals and congregations. If you have been sensing a call to set-apart ministry, a good first step would be to ask for prayer and conversation with your pastor, church leadership, or trusted friends. If you are sensing that someone you know might be called into set-apart ministry, don't be afraid to tell them!

You can find more resources for calling and credentialing people into set-apart ministry here.


To download these videos, find copies on the Church of the Brethren Vimeo channel.