Insurance benefit supports Ministerial Assistance Fund, compelling vision translation, among other expenses

Those present for the February 2020 presentation of the check from Mutual Aid Agency and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company included (from left) LeAnn Harnist from the MAA board; MAA general manager Kimberly Rutter; Church of the Brethren general secretary David Steele; Church of the Brethren treasurer Ed Woolf; and Karl Williams from Brotherhood Mutual. Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford.

The Church of the Brethren this year received a check of $50,000 from Mutual Aid Agency (MAA) and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, representing a benefit earned through the Ministry Partner Program.

In May, the denomination’s Leadership Team approved $25,000 of the $50,000 be directed to the Ministerial Assistance Fund, and $1,000 to the Church of the Brethren finance office to help cover administrative expenses related to the funds.

In November, the Leadership Team approved the remaining balance of $24,000 be set aside for expenses of the compelling vision effort. Additional costs are expected associated with technological support due to the hybrid planning for Annual Conference 2021, where the compelling vision is to be presented for approval by the delegate body, as well as the need to translate the compelling vision documents into Spanish and Haitian Kreyol.

The Leadership Team will revisit any remaining balance after Annual Conference next year.

MAA is the sponsoring agency for the Ministry Partner Program for the Church of the Brethren. This denominational partnership includes the denominational organization and those Church of the Brethren congregations, camps, and districts that also participate.

MAA is an independent insurance agency based near Abilene, Kan. Since its beginning in 1885, the agency has become a highly respected provider of property insurance to the Church of the Brethren and its members and beyond. Visit for more information or contact 800-255-1243 or .


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