Vital Pastors ‘Cohort Groups’ Report at Conference in San Antonio

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 16, 2007 One group looked at postmodernism, another at being missional. Still another examined the balance of worshiping with both head and heart. In all, six groups of pastors studied a variety of questions over the past two years but all with the same ultimate goal: determining the qualities

Bethany Theological Seminary to Offer Offsite Classes in Spring Semester

Church of the Brethren Newsline November 13, 2007 Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., will offer four offsite classes during the Spring 2008 semester, focusing on Brethren heritage, Brethren polity, conflict resolution, and biblical studies. A class titled “Brethren Beliefs and Practices” will be offered at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College on Feb. 29-March 1, March 14-15,

Newsline for August 15, 2007

“We must work the works of him who sent me….” John 9:4a NEWS 1) Agency executive committees and members of Implementation Committee hold discussion. 2) Disaster project leadership trainees are ‘hooked.’ 3) Toothpaste is removed from hygiene kits at Brethren Service Center. 4) Travel seminar takes students to visit Brethren in Brazil. 5) Conference kicks

Newsline for August 1, 2007

“I will give thanks to the Lord….” Psalm 9:1a NEWS 1) Butler Chapel celebrates tenth anniversary of rebuilding. 2) Foods Resource Bank holds annual meeting. 3) Grants support DR community development, Katrina relief. 4) ABC encourages support of SCHIP reauthorization. 5) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, Annual Conference, more. UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Course offerings are

Seven Students Graduate from Ministry Training Programs

Church of the Brethren Newsline July 12, 2007 At the 2007 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren in Cleveland, Ohio, five Training in Ministry (TRIM) and two Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) students were recognized for completing their programs. “We ask God’s blessing on these servant leaders as they minister to others in

Newsline for March 28, 2007

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” — John 1:5 NEWS 1) Christian Peace Witness for Iraq is ‘a candle in the darkness.’ 2) Vital Pastor program continues to launch and conclude pastor groups. 3) Disaster Child Care provides training workshops. 4) Brethren Disaster Response appeals for more volunteers.

Newsline for March 16, 2007

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news….” — Luke 4:18a NEWS 1) Brethren attend inaugural meeting of Christian Churches Together. 2) Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program holds ‘Vital Pastors’ retreat. 3) Funds give $95,000 in grants to relief work. 4) Brethren Volunteer Service welcomes its 273rd

Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program Holds ‘Vital Pastors’ Retreat

(Feb. 26, 2007) — “Thank you for the re-call to ministry.” Those words, uttered by a pastor during a closing circle prayer, capped two years of exploring with colleagues what it means to pastor with excellence. Many of the 18 pastors in the circle might have expressed the same sense of renewal. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence,

Brethren Academy Offers Courses

(Jan. 16, 2007) — The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering several courses this winter and early spring. Upcoming courses include: “Confronting Death, Proclaiming Hope: A Brethren Approach to Funerals and Memorial Services,” on Feb. 11-12 at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center in Sharpsburg, Md., and March 2-3 at the Brethren Service Center in

Newsline for December 6, 2006

“…Stand up and raise your heads, for your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28b NEWS 1) United Church of Christ becomes cooperative user in Gather ’Round. 2) Bethany Seminary board considers student profile, increases tuition. 3) Committee envisions positive future for Brethren Service Center. 4) Pastors complete Advanced Foundations of Church Leadership. 5) Brethren