Studying scripture together is key to a compelling vision for the Church of the Brethren

Much has been altered since the Compelling Vision process began. Some congregations have chosen to leave the Church of the Brethren, the need for structural reform in the church has become ever more evident, and COVID-19 has cast an aura of uncertainty regarding the future nature of congregational life. Amid those significant dilemmas I suggest to you there is nothing more important than studying scripture together to deepen our common commitment to Christ.

Themes and writers are announced for upcoming compelling vision Bible studies

The Compelling Vision Team is developing a 13-session Bible study series around the compelling vision being proposed for the Church of the Brethren. Designed for use by youth and adults, the series will be available at no cost on the compelling vision webpage in February 2021. Sample sessions will be posted in mid-January.

Bible studies on compelling vision to be released for use in Spring 2021

The Compelling Vision Team announces a 13-week Bible study structured around the compelling vision, to be released in February 2021–just in time for spring Sunday school classes and Bible studies. We have 13 different writers from across the denomination preparing these studies.

Continued engagement around the compelling vision is planned

By Rhonda Pittman Gingrich With the news that Annual Conference has been cancelled this summer, the Compelling Vision Working Group has outlined a plan for continued engagement around the compelling vision even as affirmation by the Conference body has been delayed. We recognize that the context in which we live has changed dramatically since release

Compelling vision recommendation to Annual Conference is released

The compelling vision recommendation that will be presented in July to the 2020 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been released. Following is a statement from the Compelling Vision Team: “Jesus in the Neighborhood” The Compelling Vision Team has released the compelling vision: “Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will

Moderator’s forum is April 18 at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center

Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced that he will host a Moderator’s Forum this spring at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The date is April 18, from 1-9 p.m. The focus is “Historical Themes Impacting Today’s Church.” The forum will feature leading Brethren historians who will address

Denominational Leadership Team issues response regarding the Covenant Brethren Church

The following is a statement from the Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren, made up of the Annual Conference officers–moderator Paul Mundey, moderator-elect David Sollenberger, and secretary James Beckwith–along with general secretary David Steele and Cindy Sanders representing the Council of District Executives: The Compelling Vision process has provided the church an opportunity

Brethren bits for Oct. 24, 2019

— The Church of the Brethren seeks a manager for the Office of Global Mission and Service, to fill a fulltime salaried position at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. This position is responsible for administrative processes assigned by the executive director for areas including Global Mission, Brethren Volunteer Service, and Global Food Initiative. Major responsibilities

Brethren bits for Sept. 28, 2019

— Remembrance: Leon Miller, a former longterm Brethren Press employee, passed away on Sept. 12 after a long illness. He worked in “pre-press” for almost 30 years, from 1957 to 1986, when the printing presses were located at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. For many years after retirement he and his

Compelling Vision Process Team issues post-Annual Conference report

The Compelling Vision Process Team has written a report on the Compelling Vision conversations that took place at Annual Conference in Greensboro in July. This report is being shared at district conferences and/or through district communication channels. We thought that all of you might be interested in reading it since so much of our time at the past Conference was spent discussing together a compelling vision for the Church of the Brethren.