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Stories of Brethren stewards * August 24, 2016


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Mark Flory Steury
Mark Flory Steury at the Church of the Brethren General Offices.
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Amazing
By Mark Flory Steury, Donor Relations representative

“It’s amazing how much the Church of the Brethren is able to do.”


This is a comment I hear often as I talk with congregational leaders and pastors about the denominational work of the Church of the Brethren. It has been my joy to visit many congregations over the past five years, and to thank them for being so generous! For well over one hundred years, congregations have faithfully supported the work of the church through their offerings.

When I visit a congregation, we talk about the ways the Church of the Brethren is currently serving in ministry both domestically and abroad. Globally we have partners in Nigeria, India, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Haiti, Spain, South Sudan and many other places. We help people in times of need through Brethren Disaster Ministries, Children’s Disaster Services, and the Global Food Initiative. Volunteers serve as the hands and feet of Jesus through Brethren Volunteer Service and Workcamps. These are some of the ways that we extend the love of God to others.

BVS 2016
"Volunteers serve as the hands
and feet of Jesus."

Photo by Brethren Volunteer
Service staff

We also provide resources for churches and individuals across the country. We support the work of new churches through the Church Planting Conference. We equip church leaders and members through the work of Congregational Life Ministries, the Ministry Office and Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and through materials like Vital Ministry Journey, the Anabaptist Worship Exchange, the Shine curriculum, and webinars. Faith-forming, community-fostering conferences and programs are provided throughout the year like National Junior High Conference, Christian Citizenship Seminar, Ministry Summer Service, National Young Adult Conference, and National Older Adult Conference. Conversation and information are shared through Newsline and Messenger magazine. We also have wonderful historical resources preserved through the Brethren Historical Library and Archives. This is just a brief overview of the many ministries we do together!

Amazing! How is the Church of the Brethren able to do all of this? It’s only with the support of congregations and individuals who are willing to work together for a common mission and ministry.

It is remarkable how much the Church of the Brethren is able to do. Thank you so much for your awesome support. We can do this work only because of your partnership. May God bless us as we continue in our work together.

Learn more about the ministries of the Church of the Brethren at www.brethren.org or support them today at www.brethren.org/give .

Ventures 2016


Congregational ethics webinar

“Congregational Ethics: Patterns
of Healthy Communities” will
be led by Joshua Brockway,
director of Spiritual Life and
Discipleship, in connection
with McPherson College’s
“Ventures in Christian
Discipleship” program.

September 10
9 a.m. CT

This webinar will explore the Congregational Ethics document adopted by Annual Conference.

Learn more at www.mcpherson.edu/ventures
or register now.

 


"While the empires of the world demand a different civic mindfulness, the Gospel calls us to reach beyond borders not because we are American, or Nigerian, or Dominican, or Spanish, but because we are sisters and brothers in Christ."

—Josh Brockway in "Theme Interpretation," 
a resource for the 2016 Mission Offering.

 

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