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 adopts 2024 budget parameter, continues strategic plan work
The Mission and Ministry Board approved a budget parameter for Core Ministries for 2024, continued work on the strategic plan, welcomed international guests, recognized board members completing their terms of service, and more.
- Mission and Ministry Board adopts statement on the Doctrine of Discovery
The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, meeting March 10-12 in Elgin, Ill., approved a statement lamenting the Doctrine of Discovery and recommended its adoption by Annual Conference. The Church of the Brethren statement grew out of years of background work by the Office of Peacebuilding and Policy and Discipleship Ministries.
- General secretary signs interfaith letter on reparations
Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele is one of the American faith leaders who have signed a letter to President Biden urging that the president “issue an executive order to establish a Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.”
- Nathan Polzin hired to new executive director position for Discipleship and Leadership Formation
Nathan Polzin has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as executive director of Discipleship and Leadership Formation, beginning April 10. This new position oversees a merged department that includes the Office of Ministry and Discipleship Ministries.
- Denominational leaders hold annual winter meeting
Representatives from 19 of the Church of the Brethren’s 24 districts gathered for the Council of District Executives (CODE) annual winter meeting in Florida on Jan. 7-11. The district executives were joined by Annual Conference officers and agency representatives for portions of the meeting.
- Circular tables: A ‘calling story’ from the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center
Circular tables. The Mission and Ministry Board meets around circular tables the same way Church of the Brethren delegates to Annual Conference have for the past decade. When used purposefully, this setup--this space--can inspire robust sharing, provoke thoughtful discernment, and give voice to an array of perspectives. We grow, we are nourished, and, sometimes, we find ourselves outside our zones of comfort.
- Mission and Ministry Board adopts 2023 budget for Church of the Brethren ministries
Approval of a budget for the denominational ministries of the Church of the Brethren and the naming of the next chair-elect topped actions taken by the Mission and Ministry Board at fall meetings. The board met at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on Oct. 13-16 led by chair Carl Fike, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
- Mission and Ministry Board meets this weekend, agenda focuses on budget
The Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board holds its fall meetings this weekend at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Leading the meeting is chair Carl Fike, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
- World Council of Churches Assembly speaks on Christian unity, climate, Ukraine, and ‘the things that make for peace,’ among other crises facing the world
The World Council of Churches (WCC) 11th Assembly, meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany from Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, met under the theme “Christ’s Love Moves the World to Reconciliation and Unity.”
- Church of the Brethren delegation to join some 4,500 Christians at World Council of Churches Assembly
A five-person Church of the Brethren delegation will be joining some 4,500 Christians at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany, on Aug. 31-Sept. 8. The theme is “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity.”