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.

2019 Pre-Annual Conference Event

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Pre-NOAC Labor Day Sabbath Rest
Preaching and Spiritual Formation

Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

Pre-NOAC event brochure


2020 Clergywomen's Retreat

Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith

Retreat brochure

Ministry Resources

Ministerial Leadership Manual documents
2019 salary table for pastors (with guidelines)
Congregational vacancies
District vacancies
Ministerial Statistics

Related news

Pre-NOAC event offers ‘Labor Day Sabbath rest’
(April 25, 2019)
The Office of Ministry is holding a continuing education event on the opening day of National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) titled “Labor Day Sabbath Rest.” The event on Monday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Atkins House at Lake Junaluska, N.C., is open to ministers and spouses and all laity. The 50-plus age requirement for NOAC does not apply. Ministers may earn 0.6 continuing education credits.


Housing allowance is upheld by appeals court
(March 20, 2019)
The housing allowance provision that provides pastors with a tax benefit for their housing expenses is constitutional. That decision was announced on March 15 by the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court, which is located in Chicago.


Annual Conference registration opens March 4, business schedule will focus on compelling vision
(February 21, 2019)
Annual Conference 2019 will be a very different event this year, according to Conference director Chris Douglas. Instead of a usual business schedule, the delegate body will spend much of its time in compelling vision conversations. Nondelegates may reserve seats at tables during the business sessions in order to fully participate in those conversations. And the Conference will hold a love feast for the first time in decades.


Thriving in Ministry program begins, Dana Cassell hired as manager
(January 28, 2019)
The Office of Ministry has begun work on a new Thriving in Ministry program, a grant-funded initiative offering support for multivocational Church of the Brethren pastors. Dana Cassell, pastor of Peace Covenant Church of the Brethren in Durham, N.C., has been hired as manager. She started in this half-time position on Jan. 7 while continuing in her pastoral role.


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