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From Weary to Wholehearted Webinar

June 12, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time
Online panel discussion with author Rev. Callie Swanlund, program manager Richard Wehrle, and the program’s circuit riders.  Together they will discuss the topic of clergy burnout which is the focus of her new book,  From Weary to Wholehearted: A Restorative Resource for overcoming Clergy Burnout
Find more information about the webinar here.
Register for the webinar here.

2024 Ministers’ Association Event

"Listening for the Sound of the Genuine" July 2-3, 2024 with photo of Dr. Frank A. Thomas

July 2-3, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Listening for the Sound of the Genuine” with Dr. Frank A. Thomas.
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A preaching workshop led by Dr. Frank A. Thomas, professor of homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis). His passion is “to teach preachers to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to shape and influence preachers to rise to the height, depth, and beauty of the best of their preaching potential. “

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2025 Clergywomen’s Retreat

Sunset over a lake with a photo of Meghan Larissa Good and the words: 2025 Clergywomen's Retreat, Feb. 10-13, 2025, Winter Park, FL

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Save the date! Retreat open to all licensed and credentialed clergywomen in the Church of the Brethren

Date: February 10-13, 2025, beginning with Monday evening’s dinner and concluding with Thursday’s noon lunch.
Location: San Pedro Spiritual Development Center
95 Bishop Grady Lane, Winter Park, FL 32792
Closest airport is Orlando, FL

The retreat will focus on finding courage to walk in love in a world of violence, stress, and conflict.  Plenary sessions will ponder the personal formation and character of those prepared to love like Jesus, the challenge of loving our enemies or opponents, and the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering a mission of love.

Speaker: Rev. Meghan Larissa Good is lead pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church (Phoenix, Arizona), author of Divine Gravity: Sparking a Movement to Recover a Better Christian Story, and a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences.

Soul Sisters

Multi-vocational clergywomen are invited to join Erin Matteson, spiritual director and Circuit Rider, for a monthly gathering during which Erin will facilitate various spiritual practices like lectio divina and visio divina.  These gatherings, which will be held February to June, offer the opportunity to form sacred circles with others in hopes of nourishing your spiritual wellbeing.  Join Erin on the second Monday of each month by registering for either the first (9am PST) or second (4pm PST) session using this link:
Registration closed on February 1.

Flourishing in Ministry

Flourishing in Ministry book discussion

10-week discussion of Flourishing in Ministry by Matt Bloom, bginning January 16 at 7pm Eastern.

Explore more past Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry events

Shared ministry model video series

The Office of Ministry has created an online video resource of six segments featuring congregations that are creatively practicing the priesthood of all believers and thereby meeting their needs for pastoral leadership. 

Shared ministry model web page showing several of the videos

  • Webinar will feature panel discussion with author Callie Swanlund

    Part-time Pastor; Full-Time Church will hold a webinar on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern time) as a panel discussion with author Callie Swanlund, program manager Richard Wehrle, and the program’s circuit riders. Together they will discuss the topic of clergy burnout, which is the focus of Swanlund’s new book From Weary to Wholehearted: A Restorative Resource for Overcoming Clergy Burnout.

  • Clergywomen are invited to save the date for next retreat in early 2025

    Planning is beginning now for the “every five years” retreat open to all licensed and credentialed clergywomen in the Church of the Brethren. Past retreats have provided beautiful opportunities to connect with sisters in ministry, find rest and renewal, and return home inspired and encouraged. Make plans now to attend!

  • Atlantic Southeast District announces staff appointments

    Atlantic Southeast District has called Michaela Alphonse to serve as temporary director of program, a part-time role she began this past February and will resume Aug. 1 after she completes a pastoral sabbatical. The district has called Larry O’Neill to serve as director of English ministries, a role he began on March 23.

  • David Banaszak announces conclusion of his service to Middle Pennsylvania District

    David Banaszak has announced the conclusion of his service as executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Middle Pennsylvania District, a position he has held for the past six-and-a-half years since Sept. 5, 2017. He plans to conclude his ministry for the district on July 28.

  • John Jantzi to conclude his leadership of Shenandoah District in early 2025

    John Jantzi has announced that he will conclude his service as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Shenandoah District, as of March 1, 2025. He has served in the position for almost 12 years, since Aug. 1, 2012. During these years, he has given leadership to district ministries during a season of significant change while faithfully guiding district staff and leaders in their work.