Brethren have a long tradition of “gathering around the Word.” Taking the New Testament as our guide, we discuss what Jesus did—and why. Then we try to pattern our own lives after his. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name,” Jesus promised, “there am I in the midst of them.” Through the practices described here, Brethren come together—as small groups or larger ones—in loving imitation of Jesus’ actions. At these times, we’re especially aware of God’s presence. We call these practices our ordinances, because we think of them as instructions from God.
CORE VALUES Christ-likeness: Reflecting the love and heart of Jesus. Servant leadership: Serving the church with both humility and boldness. Discernment: Seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit through prayer, scripture, and the gathered community. Community: Cultivating relationships and building up the body of Christ. Stewardship: Caring for all God’s gifts and the resources of the Church of the Brethren. Simplicity: Living simply so that we have room in our lives for God and for others. Hospitality: Following Jesus’ example of respecting all people and inviting them into his fellowship. Peacemaking: Acting as instruments of reconciliation and justice.