Ministry office

The Church of the Brethren believes in the priesthood of all believers, meaning that we understand all members to be in ministry. However, we call out certain people for licensing or ordination to the set-apart ministry. We provide multiple tracks for education and training, and we also are serious about supporting and sustaining ministers once they’re established in leadership.

Join Drs. Kim and Kettering-Lane on July 30 from 1-2 EDT as they explore the Holy Spirit's significance within various Christian traditions, including the Church of the Brethren. REGISTER for the WEBINAR by clicking on the link here: Exploring the Spirit Webinar

Continuing education credit (0.1 CEU) for Church of the Brethren ministers may be obtained at no cost from the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership when registering for this webinar.


Part-Time Pastor, Full-Time Church

The Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church program is a new, grant funded initiative of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry providing support to multivocational, part-time pastors in their own context.

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Worship resources

The Ministry Office is inviting pastors and other congregational leaders to share creative online worship service resources that could be used by others across the denomination during this unusual season in the church’s life.

Worship resources may be submitted at cms.brethren.org/shareresources.

The submitted resources and ideas will be reviewed by staff of the Ministry Office and posted to download from cms.brethren.org/holyweekresources.


Ministry Resources

Related news

Making webinars count: announcing new policy for clergy continuing education credit
(August 29, 2020)
Recognizing that live participation is becoming increasingly difficult for mulitivocational ministers and given the growing library of recorded webinars available from denominational agencies, the Brethren Academy is offering clergy the opportunity to view and report on prerecorded webinars and other educational events for CEUs. A standardized reporting process will provide the necessary accountability.


Kevin Kessler resigns from leadership of Illinois and Wisconsin District
(August 22, 2020)
Kevin Kessler has resigned as district executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Illinois and Wisconsin District, effective Dec. 31. He has filled the half-time role for 14 years while also serving as pastor of Canton (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, a role he will continue to maintain.


Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center to postpone or hold fall events virtually
(August 22, 2020)
Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) has announced that its continuing education events this fall will be postponed or held virtually via Zoom. SVMC is a Church of the Brethren ministry education partner with Bethany Seminary, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and the districts of Atlantic Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Middle Pennsylvania, Southern Pennsylvania, and Western Pennsylvania. “The pandemic continues to push us to be as wise as possible in our health management and interactions with others,” said executive director Donna Rhodes.


‘A Fall Sunday Off from Preaching’ offered by Annual Conference moderator
(August 21, 2020)
At the invitation of the Office of Ministry, Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey is preparing a Sabbath rest-themed sermon designed to encourage preachers to take a Sunday off from preaching sometime this fall.


Webinars explore path to healing racism, eco-discipleship
(August 1, 2020)
Upcoming webinars are by the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries, Intercultural Ministry, Outdoor Ministry Association, and Office of Ministry. Topics include “Witness of Churches on the Path to Healing Racism: A Theological Exploration” and “Cultivating a Verdant Faith: Eco Discipleship Practices for the 21st Century Church.”


Webinar to explore Holy Spirit as ‘mover and shaker of ideas and actions’
(July 17, 2020)
The Office of Ministry is sponsoring a webinar titled “Exploring the Holy Spirit: Mover and Shaker of Ideas and Actions” on July 30 from 1-2 p.m. (Eastern time). Leading the event will be Grace Ji-Sun Kim, professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, and Denise Kettering-Lane, associate professor of Brethren Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary. Both schools are located in Richmond, Ind.


Scott Kinnick resigns as district executive minister for Southeastern District
(July 16, 2020)
Scott Kinnick has announced his resignation as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Southeastern District, a position he has held for the past four years. He began as district executive in Sept. 2016 and will officially conclude his service on Dec. 31, 2020.


Committee recommends small increase to minimum cash salary table for pastors in 2021
(July 13, 2020)
In light of the cancellation of this year’s Annual Conference, the Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee is offering a recommendation rather than a delegate-approved decision. The committee is recommending a 0.5 percent (one half of one percent) increase to the 2021 recommended Minimum Cash Salary Table for Pastors.