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Staff Changes at Brethren Church National Office

By Patrick Sprague  |  December 4, 2017
The Brethren Church National Office is pleased to announce some staff changes for 2018. 

Unshared Expectations

By Emery Hurd  |  December 4, 2017
Ever walk into what you thought was an automatic door because it didn't open (plenty of these on Star Trek outtakes on YouTube)? How about someone getting angry because you did not complete a task by their deadline

Generation Z

By Patrick Sprague  |  November 24, 2017
Here's a fascinating video from our friends at Barna and Impact360 on the defining moments of Generation Z, the up and coming generation of young folks:

North Georgetown Partners with Local Schools

By Ronald W. Waters  |  November 22, 2017
First Brethren Church (N. Georgetown, OH) has been partnering with the West Branch Local Schools, filling a food pantry at the church to provide meals for those in need. The local middle school recently helped stock the shelves to provide meals for

Lanark Wins Big at State Awards

  |  November 22, 2017
First Brethren Church’s Workcation volunteer work week last year has earned Lanark one of 14 places in this year’s Governor’s Hometown Awards. The city will receive a plaque and road sign today at a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield

Whiteboard Wednesdays

By Patrick Sprague  |  November 15, 2017
The Brethren Church is pleased to announce an occasional feature called "Whiteboard Wednesdays", exploring the intersection of our tradition with the modern day.

10 Ways Millennials are Shaping Churches Today

By Thom Rainer  |  November 14, 2017

Being a Neighbor

By Luke Dowdy  |  November 13, 2017
There is an art to being a good neighbor. I am not talking about forking over a cup of sugar, or collecting newspapers when they are on vacation. I am talking about loving people who are rooted in communities, and not always the

Beer and Jesus?

By Jesse Adams  |  November 8, 2017
Two Brethren churches in California are engaged in a new outreach, called Brethren Brew Pub. As The Brethren Evangelist mentioned in the Spring 2017 issue, Manteca's Zao Church and Northgate Community Church have been successfully pairing home-brewed

Radial Church Celebrates New Building

By Dustin White  |  November 5, 2017
Radial Church (Canton, OH) celebrated a new worship space opening with its inaugural service on Sunday, November 5. Radial is pastored by Dustin and Jamie White, and originally was a church plant of The Brethren Church.

New Math and The Heart

By Luke Dowdy  |  October 25, 2017
Our son is in second grade and we are really starting to get into the new math or Common Core methods. The school has been having Parent Math Nights for each grade to educate parents so they know what is going on in the classroom and ho

Where are the Peacemakers?

  |  October 18, 2017
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Bright as Day

  |  October 16, 2017
Have you ever wondered what God thinks or feels when he looks at you? We live each day, many of us simply by trial and error, hoping we don’t mess anything up too badly. The phrase take it till you make it comes to mind, and

The 2 Things ALWAYS present in Church Revival

By Patrick Sprague  |  October 5, 2017
Nate Bebout from Park Street Brethren Church (Ashland, OH) shares with us the two things that are always present in every major revival in the history of the Church

Goshen First Brethren Calls Cory Smith

  |  October 2, 2017
Goshen First Brethren Church (Goshen, IN) has called Cory Smith as their new senior pastor.

First Brethren Warsaw Celebrates 125 years

By Patrick Sprague  |  October 1, 2017
First Brethren Church (Warsaw, IN) celebrated its 125th anniversary on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Interim pastor Rev. Howard Immel presided over the service, and a special sermon was delivered by Brethren Church Executive Director Rev. Steven Cole.

12 Baptized at Brethren Church in India

By Scott Soden  |  September 27, 2017
Join in celebrating the continued amazing work of Jesus in The Brethren Church in India. 12 church members were recently baptized. Curious about our Global Partners? Find out more here

Celebrating Generous Giving from Brethren WMS

  |  September 26, 2017
NOW it is time to find the rhythm of life for fall and winter. I love this time of recalibrating and evaluating my priorities

Brethren Global Partners to lead team to Colombia

By Scott Soden  |  September 21, 2017
On Wednesday, September 27 a group of leaders from all over South America and a team from the U.S. will meet in Medellin, Colombia. The team from the United States will be Global Partners Coordinator Scott Soden, Tom Schiefer and Joe and Jan Burgos.

Hurricane Relief Update

By Patrick Sprague  |  September 14, 2017
As Brethren have continued to faithfully respond to the devastating Hurricanes in the southern U.S., we have been deeply humbled by your generosity. To date, Brethren Relief has received approximately $17,000 in donations from individuals and churche

7 Questions To Ask Your Church Staff On A Bi-Annual Basis

  |  September 13, 2017
Leadership is more than casting vision. Effective leadership requires being hands-on and intentional about maintaining relationships with your staff.

Jack Wellman Ordained in Mulvane, KS

  |  September 13, 2017
Rev. Jack Wellman was ordained in The Brethren Church on Sunday, August 27th. Jack was ordained at the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane, KS.

How to Lead a Church Without Authority

  |  September 12, 2017
In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor of the North Point Community Church campus in Alpharetta, Georgia.

3 Factors that Keep Millenials Coming Back to Your Church

  |  September 11, 2017
And yet I am a Millennial who, through some personal battles and my fair share of absent Sundays, found a church that I love and call home. So what did my church do right?

Ordained for Ministry

  |  August 29, 2017
Two men have recently been ordained for pastoral ministry in The Brethren Church. David Miller (McGaheysville, VA) and Rudy Bocanegra (Columbus, OH) were both ordained in their local churches. David Miller serves at Mt. Olive Brethren Church and is

How Liturgy Changes Us

By Patrick Sprague  |  August 29, 2017
A few weeks ago, I started my morning in the Book of Common Prayer, as I have been in the habit of lately. I was stilled and challenged instantly with these words from that day's devotion:


By Emery Hurd  |  August 28, 2017
A couple of years ago I had the fantastic opportunity to experience a 7mm kidney stone. After a week of intense pain and two surgeries, I was pain-free and committed to doing all I could not to know that pain EVER again. My urologist recommended a re

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?