“…lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
“It is the hope that congregations may know the mind of the denomination regarding what the Body of Christ should be and how it should act as Christ’s representatives today, and use this paper as a guideline for seriously examining their own procedures and life.”
–Ethics for Congregations
Through the Ethics for Congregations paper we as the Church of the Brethren strive to accompany communities of believers as they become aware of relationships within and around them. The paper helps communities assess their actions, and hold themselves accountable for their actions as Christ’s body in the world. For it is in our heritage as a Believers’ Church tradition to live as authentically as possible, matching our words and deeds each day.
Find related Annual Conference statements (2014 and 1996).
Bible and Case Studies
Annual Conference recommended that congregations begin a year of study and review of the Congregational Ethics polity. We have created several Bible and Case studies for that purpose.
Bible Study 1
1 Peter 2:11-17
Bible Study 2
Bible Study 3
Bible Study 4
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Case Study 1
Contractor bids for church building work
Case Study 2
Case Study 3
Youth ministry plan