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The subject of discipleship is a hot topic in many Christian circles today, worldwide. And it’s a term with which we are quite familiar, at least as an idea or concept. Many of us would consider ourselves followers of Christ. We read our Bibles regularly, and prayer is a part of our everyday experience.
The deeper question is whether or not we are actively and consistently involved in the disciple-making process, according to the Great Commission. A good number of us have taught others in a variety of settings for a prescribed period of time. How often however have we been able invite others to follow us as we follow Christ? But a still deeper question is whether or not we are allowing someone else to lead us in an intentional process of becoming a more fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ?
Are we embracing the depth of relationship with at least one or a few others that allows for our lives to be the curriculum for what we hope to impart? In this setting we share meals, extended conversations, everyday life experiences, prayer and study too – all as a part of seeing Christ more completely formed in each of us. The focus is to draw out both where Christ already is, and also hopes to work in us.
These kinds of disciple-making relationships are at the heart of the final instructions left to us by the Risen Savior. They are really an accurate reflection of our Brethren values as well. And they form the invitation that you will receive more and more as we participate in General Conference this year and continue on our visional journey. As you receive that invitation, consider asking how you can more actively take part!
 
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matt. 19:14)
We have an immediate need for a person who possesses the heart of Christ for our children; someone with a desire to lead them in fun activities that teach them about our Savior. We need a point person to lead our 2015 Kids Conference (children under age 11) during our General Conference in Winchester, VA.
The materials and volunteer helpers are all ready for you. A paid hotel room is reserved for you. And most importantly - children are waiting for you!
If the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart to minister to our children, please don't let this opportunity pass you by! The rewards of this endeavor (smiles, hugs, knowing that kids are "getting it!!") are instant yet the results are eternal! The children you lead next month may be the leaders of our churches in a few years!
Won't you prayerfully consider this important ministry?
Contact Paula as soon as possible to learn more about the available compensation and the details about this unique mission field!
 
Join us 12 pm - 2 pm on Wednesday, July 15 for 9 holes of golf with a cart for only $19.
Register as a group of 4 or as an individual and we'll create a group for you. No money is required now. Simply pay at the golf course on the day of the event.
Sign up when you register to attend our 2015 Brethren Church General Conference.
 
 

Only a few more days to save on your
2015 General Conference Registration!


 2015 Brethren Church General Conference
Grace Community Church
2333 Roosevelt Boulevard, Winchester, VA 22601
TIME IS RUNNING OUT!! SPECIAL DISCOUNT RATE ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE BEFORE JUNE 18!
$55.00 when you register early online before June 18! Early paper registration: $60.00. Registration after June 18 is $75.00.
 
Pastors you should have received your General Conference Credential fees and information in the mail. If you have not received these, please contact Paula as soon as possible.
Remember too, lay leaders will need their credentials as well.

ENGAGE CONFERENCE
July 20-24, 2015
Indiana Wesleyan University | Marion, IN
Advisor Rate: $250 ($50 non-refundable deposit due by July 1, 2015 to lock in rate)
Regular Youth Rate: $365 ($100 non-refundable deposit due by July 1, 2015 to lock in rate)
 

FATHER'S DAY IS JUNE 21st.

We'd like to take this time to thank all of our Dads and lift each of you to our Heavenly Father in prayer.
For the men who are not fathers, but who mentor and lead us in wisdom: We pray for the Lord to powerfully use each of you in your leadership capacities and to pour out His Spirit into your lives.
For the young dads who are just beginning to embrace this journey: We pray the Lord would grant you wisdom beyond your years and the courage and perseverance needed to balance family, work and faith in our chaotic world today.
For our aging dads. We pray for strength and health and provision, as well as compassion and understanding in your patriarchal role.
Happy Father's Day to our Brethren men! May the Lord truly bless your day!
 

CHANGE HAPPENS!

Pastoral transitions are inevitable. Guidance can help make it healthier!

 
Contact a MOBILIZE Network team member or connect with Gary Diehl at the National Office, (gary@brethrenchurch.org) to learn how to make a healthy transition. Schedule an “Orientation to Healthy Transitions” with someone from the MOBILIZE team.
 
Congregations currently being served by Intentional Interim Pastors: Burlington (IN), Jefferson (IN), Warsaw (IN), Park Street (OH), Masontown (PA), Pleasant View (PA), Wayne Heights (PA), Windhaven (VA).
 
Other Congregations entering or in Pastoral Transition: Northgate (CA), Southeast Christian Fellowship (DC), Drushal Memorial (KY), Gretna (OH), Highland (PA), Highland Park (PA), Johnstown 3rd (PA), Oak Hill (WV).
 
Congregations in the Search Phase and accepting applications:
  • Warsaw (IN) The search committee will accept resumes and Pastor Profile information from interested candidates for part-time pastor. Send your information to: Search Committee, Warsaw 1st Brethren Church, 1318 E. Center Street, Warsaw, IN 46580
  • Masontown (PA) Masontown search committee will accept candidate resumes for the position of pastor. Interested individuals should send a resume and Pastor Profile to Louie Diamond at: fiveofdiamonds@verizon.net.
 
Interested in becoming a pastoral candidate? If you want to submit your information to one of our transitioning congregations for consideration, please email Gary Diehl and attach (1) an up-to-date resume and (2) a current copy of your completed Pastor Profile Form.
Did you participate in the B4 Project to Bring Brethren Beards Back?
It's nearly time to reveal all of your hard work and hairy effort!
Please email a photo of your bearded self to Ryan by July 1st. During General Conference people will vote on the beards. The twelve best beards, based on votes, will then be used in a 2016 Best Brethren Beards calendar. We're excited to see which twelve will be chosen to win the prestigious honor of visually leading us into each month of next year!
 

It's CAMP TIME! Districts - please check our CAMP LIST to make sure we have your correct dates. If you find an error, please email Paula so that we can make sure to promote your District Church Camp!
Camp is often overlooked and viewed as an unnecessary expense - when in reality it's a great investment in the Kingdom! Through camp, children are provided a loving, safe, and nurturing environment in which to learn about Jesus and His mighty love for them. Summer camp is often the catalyst that changes the hearts of young people, impacting them toward a deeper relationship with Christ. Many "camp kids" go on to grow and serve and lead our churches, work our mission fields, and utilize their talents in dedicated ways that help to advance the Kingdom.
Be in prayer for those serving at our camps; pray that they will follow the Holy Spirit as they lead, and pray that the heart of each youth will be open to hearing and receiving the message of Jesus' love for them. We know many kids receive Christ at camp! May this be a very fruitful year!
If your involvement with Church Camp changed your life - tell us about it!
 
Dale Stoffer is exploring the possibility of offering Brethren History this summer. This is a course needed for licensure and ordination in The Brethren Church. For information about the course and how you can contact Dale, please VISIT OUR WEBSITE.
 
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