Church of the Brethren distributes $500,000 to Brethren retirement communities

By Joshua Brockway The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has approved a proposal to distribute $500,000 from the Health Education and Research Fund to church-related retirement communities. The proposal was presented by the Discipleship Ministries staff, who have worked with executive leadership of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes to discern

Webinar offers insights for ‘Leading in a Time of Crisis’

A webinar to help offer insights for “Leading in a Time of Crisis” offered by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries will be held twice: on Wednesday, April 15, at 3 p.m. (Eastern time), and on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. (Eastern time). Said an announcement: “In times like these, it is crucial

Online book discussion is offered by Intercultural Ministries

“Take a break. Connect in. Join us for a book read and discussion together,” said an invitation from Intercultural Ministries director LaDonna Nkosi to a new online book discussion. The event invites people to read the book “Everyday Ubuntu” by Mungi Ngomane and join in a discussion to take place online. This is a follow-up

Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers helpful guide to implement online giving

By Joshua Brockway Congregational leaders often do not think of funding needs in the first quarter of the year. The budget preparations feel like they just finished, and we already did the annual giving appeal. Every congregational treasurer will remind us, however, that the expenses don’t stop after the budget is passed, and neither can

New and Renew conference is canceled for 2020, postponed until 2021

By Stan Dueck After prayerful discernment over the ongoing health concerns and the safety of people due to the coronavirus, the New Church Advisory Committee and Discipleship Ministries of the Church of the Brethren are canceling the New and Renew Conference scheduled for May 13-15, 2020. The event was to be held at the Church

New webpage provides ministry resources for congregations and church leaders

A new webpage with resources for congregations and church leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic has been posted at www.brethren.org/discipleshipmin/resources . This webpage, which will be updated on a regular basis, is focused on ministry resources to support congregations and church leaders during a time when congregations may not gather in person. Brethren Disaster Ministries continues to offer

Church of the Brethren staff plan to go forward with spring and summer events, while monitoring circumstances surrounding coronavirus

The Church of the Brethren staff planning events this spring and summer do not intend to make any cancellations because of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). However, they are assessing risks and monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health authorities to plan ahead for eventualities and circumstances beyond their control. Brethren

Nursing scholarships aid church members interested in health care careers

The Church of the Brethren provides scholarships of up to $2,000 for RN and graduate nurse candidates, and up to $1,000 for LPN candidates. These scholarships are awarded to a limited number of applicants each year, made possible by the Health Education and Research Endowment. The nursing scholarships are available to members of the Church

LaDonna Sanders Nkosi begins as director of Intercultural Ministries

LaDonna Sanders Nkosi has been hired by the Church of the Brethren as director of Intercultural Ministries, a staff position in Discipleship Ministries. Her first day on the job is Jan. 16. She will work remotely and from the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Nkosi is the planting pastor of the

New and Renew church planting event to focus on ‘The Reward of Risk’

The Church of the Brethren’s church planting and church revitalization conference, held every other year, will meet next on May 13-15, 2020. Under the title “New and Renew: Revitalize – Plant – Grow” the theme is “The Reward of Risk” based on Matthew 25:28 in The Message: “Take the thousand and give it to the