Welcome to the Church of the Brethren

“Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.” More on the Compelling Vision – Visión conjunta y motivadora – Vizyon Konvenkan

See a list of some of our ministries. We have about 99,000 members in almost 900 congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico, with sister churches in many countries.

Based in the Anabaptist and Pietist faith traditions, the Church of the Brethren is a Historic Peace Church. We celebrated our 300th anniversary in 2008.

About us

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“For we walk by faith, not by sight”
(2 Corinthians 5:7 NRSV)

Short-term service opportunities for junior high through adult participants. Find the 2022 schedule here.

Registration is now open!

Service Sunday 2022

Suggested date: February 6

Congregations and leaders are asked to use this Sunday to recognize those who serve, or have served, in their local communities and throughout the world.

I am because we are (NYAC logo)

May 27-30, 2022
Montreat Conference Center, North Carolina

National Young Adult Conference offers people ages 18-35 a chance to enjoy fellowship, worship, recreation, Bible study, service projects and more… with other fantastic young adults!

Clergy Tax Seminar

January 29, 2022
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn how to prepare clergy taxes correctly and legally; comply with regulations while maximizing deductions.

0.4 CEUs – for the first 3 sessions only.

Sponsors: The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary.

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National Youth Conference
July 23 – 28, 2022

Messenger Magazine
  • Julia Gilbert wearing a white head covering and holding a book

    That’s our church

    The essence of being Brethren is the willingness to study scripture together until we reach consensus—even if it takes decades.

  • Messenger Radio

    Enjoy audio versions of selected Messenger articles and poems.

  • Cranes flying over a setting sun

    Light

    The Canada geese winging their way south were unusually impressive. Their bodies glowed in the setting sun. Why had they never looked that way before?

  • Hebrew word "Hesed"

    Justice and kindness

    Three times the narrative uses the word ḥesed. We have no word in English that adequately translates this Hebrew noun.

  • Outside the box

    There’s a lot of sorting and evaluating going on, trying to figure out what to keep and what to let go