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The Gathering

  |  August 15, 2017
Well over 200 people amassed on Camp Peniel over the weekend for an ecumenical event called "The Gathering." Members of the Berlin Brethren Church organized the event, billed as "One Weekend. One Celebration. One Kingdom."

Was Jesus an Introvert?

  |  August 14, 2017
I was recently asked if I consider myself an introvert or an extrovert.

Why I Drive a Bus

By Paul Latimer  |  August 8, 2017
So my wife and I are planting a church here in Columbus, Ohio, but I'm also in training to work as a bus driver too. Why?

Workcation

By Patrick Sprague  |  August 7, 2017
For years, Lanark First Brethren Church had sent a small, 10-20 person missions team to a small work camp in Southern Alaska each year. While there was certainly a benefit for both the team to grow together in fellowship, and for the recipients of th

Zao Expressions

By Jesse Adams  |  August 7, 2017
It's been 5 years since the day that I heard the word church planting. It was a time in my life where I was frustrated with the direction of mainline evangelical churches and the pace, change, and effectiveness that the local church had

4 Tips for Leading Introverts

  |  August 4, 2017
There are several key ideas and takeaways that can be applied to social situations in general, specifically in reshaping our ideas of who to hire, who to promote, and how to lead a team of introverts

How To Turnaround a Church

By Karl Vaters  |  August 3, 2017
You can’t program a church from unhealthy to healthy. No amount of special events, Big Days or new ideas can cause a broken church to become whole.

Brethren Academy

By Patrick Sprague  |  August 2, 2017
36 students from across North America just completed Brethren Academy, a weeklong intensive of leadership development, allowing high school students to explore God's call on their life.

Final Service at Columbus First Brethren Church

By Patrick Sprague  |  August 2, 2017
Columbus First Brethren Church is closing and will celebrate their final worship services on Sunday, August 6th at 10:40 AM.

The Cost of Old Wineskins

By Patrick Sprague  |  August 1, 2017
In 1997, the number of payphones in the United States alone was over 2,000,000. Cellular phones were just beginning to crack the mainstream at the time, but communication, when you were away from the home or office, was still ruled by the almighty ph

VITAL SIGNS: Digital Opportunities

By Emery Hurd  |  July 25, 2017
When I first started in pastoral ministry, we created monthly newsletters on typewriters using mimeograph masters and a mimeograph machine we hand cranked; it took all day to make a newsletter (If you don’t know what a mimeograph is, ask someon

Changes in Brethren Leadership at Ashland University

By Patrick Sprague  |  July 25, 2017
The Brethren Church is pleased to share two important changes from Ashland University.

That's a Wrap: General Conference 2017

By Patrick Sprague  |  July 24, 2017
For the 129th year, The Brethren Church gathered to worship, pray, discern and fellowship together. In the coming days and weeks, we'll share much more about the specific business items the 2017 General Conference worked through, as well as stories o

Ordained into Ministry: Mallorie Dladla

By Patrick Sprague  |  July 24, 2017
The first interaction I had with Mallorie Dladla (then Mallorie Miller) centered around a commitment she had requested of me. She had asked me to lead a small group of leaders from Ashland University's "The Well" ministry. After a few short weeks, I

New Forms of Community

By Jesse Adams  |  July 5, 2017
It was four years ago that I caught wind of this movement called "church planting" at our General Conference. That year, I heard from people like Hugh Halter, Brandon Hatmaker, and our very own Bill Ludwig, talking about kingdoms here on earth that w

Placemaking

By Patrick Sprague  |  July 4, 2017
We are called to create spaces where our neighbors can feel loved, safe and needed. Whether it be our homes or public spaces, we are called as Christ followers to foster spaces where we can come together. Community is not merely a value Brethren hold for making decisions collectively, or a tool we use to deepen our understanding of scripture.

A Place to Call Home

By Patrick Sprague  |  July 3, 2017
Virgilio Cruz stood knee deep in a 20-yard dumpster, pushing down debris, sorting out materials, and taking more trash from a steady stream of workers pulling it from the house. The morning haze had just cut, and a sticky humid June morning was start

The Opportunity of Storms

By Peg DeLisle Rauscher  |  July 3, 2017
God uses the pounding, spinning, stinky fumes and intense heat, to create a beautiful vessel to be used by Him.  The choice is ours, however.

"My Amazing Grace"

By Aly Plugfelder  |  June 30, 2017
This story is a unique and special story about how God weaves together talent, passion, pain, and hope to join his people in his mission.Aly Pflugfelder and her husband, James, have a ministry in Arizona that brings together rescued horses and children.

Bowing of Knees

  |  June 30, 2017
(This poem originally appeared in The Brethren Evangelist, Spring 2017)

Ronda's Rail to Recovery

  |  June 29, 2017
Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! This was Ronda's response as a group gathered around the stoop of her apartment to explore this passage from Genesis 12.

From a Guest Speaker, God Moved Our Hearts

By Linda Immel  |  June 28, 2017
I remember as a teenager being deeply impacted by a guest speaker at my home church, the Loree First Brethren Church in Bunker Hill, IN. I was struck by his commitment and passion for sharing God's love with people.

What Camp Has Done For Me

By Matthew Zuber  |  June 26, 2017
Camp Shipshewana, or the Brethren Retreat at Shipshewana Lake, has incited many transformations within my life. Were it not for this place, I would not be who I am today. To be truthful, I am not convinced that I would still be alive if it were not for Camp Shipshewana.

Why Aren't We Partying?

By Gary Diehl  |  June 23, 2017
Many times as I look around the church on Sunday morning there are not many times that I see smiles as people worship. I often think why don’t we look like we are ENJOYING worship? Myself included in this exam. You know what I mean? There are t

Dave Gibbons: On Discipleship

  |  June 22, 2017
"How I see it is here you have the world and the church builds its organization and we ask the people to come out of the world into the church building. And then we ask them to put on our t-shirts, we give them a new language, sing our songs, become

Build Your Own Baptistery

  |  June 22, 2017
Did you know the first Brethren baptism (of six people) in the United States took place in 1723? It occurred in the Wissahickon Creek (near Germantown, Pennsylvania) on Christmas Day. Yes, this meant it was cold. So cold in fact that they had to chop

Listening to Your Neighbor

  |  June 21, 2017
What if our neighbors know how they need to be loved better than we do?

Hugh Halter: What is Discipleship?

  |  June 21, 2017
"When you just claim to know things, and you don't take on His life, you kind of arrogantly become a judge and no one likes you. Discipleship gives you the ability to look at the life of Jesus and actually live His life."

Love, Liberate and Launch

  |  June 20, 2017
What would it look like if discipleship happened more like this: love people, liberate them from their bondages of fear and lies, and launch them into the world to spread the love that they've been given – Christ Jesus through His people.

My History With Foot-Washing: or How I Came to the Right Decision

By John Drexler  |  June 20, 2017
I grew up in an Independent Baptist Church in New Jersey just 8 miles west of Philadelphia. I knew virtually nothing of the ordinance of foot-washing until I applied for admission to Grace Theological Seminary, a Grace Brethren School located in Wino
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