One joy of the first day of Annual Conference business is the time when new fellowships and congregations are introduced. This year, Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries, introduced one new group. Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) is a fellowship in Leicester, N.C., started by pastor Mario Martinez and his wife, Evelyn. They have been working since Sept. 2013 and were granted fellowship status in 2014 by Southeastern District. Read more »
The Standing Committee of district delegates met in advance of the 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla., on July 8-11. The meetings were presided over by Annual Conference moderator David Steele, assisted by moderator-elect Andy Murray and secretary James Beckwith. In a decision with potential for far-reaching consequences, the Standing Committee decided to propose a new study committee on vitality in congregations, districts, and the denomination, in response to a query on future district structure. It also held conversations in closed session about concerns related to same sex marriage. Read more »
In this issue: Correction, Nigerian tour is a big hit, Workcamp Ministry names assistant coordinators for 2015-16, Connie Bohn joins staff at Zigler Hospitality Center, Monica Rice takes on new duties at Bethany Seminary, three job openings at Brethren Disaster Ministries, Southeastern District seeks director for School of Spiritual Learning, 32nd World Hunger Auction, Black Rock VBS gives to Haiti Medical Project, project supports On Earth Peace in honor of Chuck Boyer, and more. Read more »
Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed another two grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) totaling $70,500 to the Burundi refugee crisis, in addition to a grant of $11,500 that was made in June. Read more »
Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed a grant of up to $8,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) supporting the work of Iglesia de los Hermanos (the Church of the Brethren in the Dominican Republic) to assist the naturalization of ethnic Haitians living in the DR. This grant is in addition to funding of $6,500 from the budget of Global Mission and Service, for a total of up to $14,500. Read more »
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