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.
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.
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.
- Ministerial Leadership Manual documents
- PC&BAC 2021 Salary table recommendation
- 2021 salary table for pastors (with guidelines)
- Congregational vacancies
- District vacancies
- Ministerial statistics
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.
Michigan District announces new district executive team
(May 11, 2020)
The Leadership Team of the Michigan District of the Church of the Brethren has appointed a district executive team to care for the essential functions of the district. In addition, the district is seeking a part-time administrative assistant.
Brethren Academy offers two-part webinar on ‘The Impact of COVID-19 on Pastoral Care’
(April 25, 2020)
“The Impact of COVID-19 on Pastoral Care” is a two-part webinar for pastors, chaplains, and other ministering people, offered by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. The presenter is Debbie Eisenbise, a pastor, spiritual director, and cofounder of Through the Threshold: End of Life Doula Services providing assistance in advance care planning and honoring death and dying.
Unprecedented virtual love feast events get large audience
(April 25, 2020)
Two virtual love feasts offered during Holy Week gained a large online audience. The two were unprecedented, church-wide events, held in addition to the virtual love feasts offered by individual congregations in the Church of the Brethren.
Holy Week events are available online
(April 9, 2020)
Church of the Brethren events are offered online during this Holy Week. They include congregations that are holding love feast and Easter Sunday worship services online; a love feast coordinated by the Office of Ministry to be streamed live on Thursday, April 9, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time) with pre-service music starting at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern); a Dunker Punks virtual love feast pre-recorded and available for viewing and listening at any time; a Good Friday Tenebrae “Service of Shadows” video; a chat app with virtual footwashing; and a how-to video for making traditional Church of the Brethren communion bread.