David A. Steele
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David A. Steele
Strategic Plan – Plan Estratégico – Plan Estratejik
By the July 2021 Board meeting, the Mission and Ministry Board and Staff will be ready to execute on the Strategic Plan’s Strategies in partnership with the wider Church.
Para su reunion de junta en julio del 2021, la Junta de Misión y Ministerio y su personal estarán preparados para ejecutar las estrategias del Plan Estratégico con la coparticipación de toda la iglesia.
Nan reyinyon Komite Jiyè 2021 an, Komite Misyon ak Ministè enpi anplwaye yo ap pare pou egzekite sou estrateji Plan Estratejik la an patenarya ak gran LEgliz.
Strategic Plan information
A statement on the events of January 6, 2021. Read the full statement.
Call for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
The Church of the Brethren is concerned with the escalation of warfare in Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan. As a peace church, we lament the violence of war and work to end conflict globally.
Read the full statement.
What does the Lord require?
Read general secretary David Steele’s statement following the loss of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others.
- Mission and Ministry Board receives year-end financial reporting
The 2021 year-end financial reporting to this Spring’s Mission and Ministry Board meeting covered the Church of the Brethren denomination’s Core Ministries and its self-funding ministries including Brethren Press, Material Resources, and the Conference Office. Special purpose funds, including the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF), which supports Brethren Disaster Ministries; the Global Food Initiative Fund, which supports the Global Food Initiative (GFI); and the Emerging Global Mission Fund were also reported on.
- Mission and Ministry Board issues statement on Ukraine, calls for time of concerted prayer and action for peacebuilding
The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board issued a statement on Ukraine during its Spring meeting at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Board chair Carl Fike, who led the meeting, signed the statement with the unanimous consent of the members of the board.
- Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board holds Spring meeting
The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board will meet March 11-13 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., in person and via Zoom. Business will be led by chair Carl Fike, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
- A call to prayer for Ukraine
General secretary David Steele invites the members, congregations, and districts of the Church of the Brethren into prayer for the crisis in Ukraine.
- Bridgewater College community mourns fallen heroes, General Secretary reaches out with condolences on behalf of the Church of the Brethren
The Bridgewater (Va.) College community is mourning the deaths of police officer John Painter and campus safety officer Vashon “J.J.” Jefferson, who were shot and killed on the college campus on Feb. 1. The two men were coworkers and close friends. Media report that a former student has been charged in their deaths.
- Together let us be Jesus in the neighborhood
Together, we concluded a four-year process of discernment earlier this year as the Annual Conference delegates virtually affirmed the compelling vision. Our Jesus in the neighborhood vision statement is now our Church of the Brethren vision.
- Mission and Ministry Board approves grant for new collaboration to aid Afghanistan evacuees
A new joint Church of the Brethren and Church World Service (CWS) effort supporting the resettlement of Afghan evacuees in the US has received support from the Mission and Ministry Board and a grant of $52,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF).
- A statement of concern for Afghanistan from Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele
he Church of the Brethren stands by our conviction that “all war is sin” and “we may not participate or benefit from war” (1970 Church of the Brethren Annual Conference statement on war, www.brethren.org/ac/statements/1970-war) but we must ask how we have been complicit in the war in Afghanistan and how we are called to turn now to repentance and right living.
- Prayers for Haiti and the Haitian Brethren
The Church of the Brethren extends its prayers on behalf of our Haitian brothers and sisters in Christ due to the devastating earthquake that hit the island nation on Saturday. We mourn for the loss of life, shelter, and basic needs, and are deeply concerned for the impending tropical storm. Heavy rains were forecast for today.
- Mission and Ministry Board sets new priorities for denominational ministries
Among other business, the board spent a significant amount of time continuing its work to align denominational ministries with its new Strategic Plan. Other top agenda items included a 2022 budget parameter for Core Ministries, recommendations from a team “re-imagining” Brethren Press, and the calling of a new Executive Committee.