Compelling vision recommendation to Annual Conference is released.

The following is the compelling vision recommendation from the Compelling Vision Team that will be presented in July to the 2020 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren.

“Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.”

It is accompanied by an interpretive document that unpacks the scripture and theology behind each significant word or phrase in the vision. The full interpretive document can be found at .

IL/WI District Participation in Brethren Disaster Ministries

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

The Illinois/Wisconsin District of the Church of the Brethren participated in a Brethren Disaster Ministries activity in the Lumberton, NC, area the week of February 2-8, 2020. In addition to those from the District, the volunteer team included persons from the Indiana South/Central  Districts of the Church  of the Brethren, plus leadership persons provided by BDM.  The response of the team was uniformly positive given that all volunteers worked well together, the food was more than  adequate, the accommodations in Lumberton were excellent, and being able to help families suffering loss felt like a privilege.


The next scheduled IL/WI BDM assignment is November 29 through December 5, 2020. The location is to be determined. Persons with a potential interest in being part of that team, or wanting more information should contact the BDM District Disaster Coordinator, Loren Habegger, at .

Also, a person from York Center  traveled to the Virgin Islands, January 6-19, 2019, to assist in their clean up from Hurricane Maria (2017) that devastated the island. Following the hurricane, many places were wrapped with tarps and are still waiting for clean up and restoration assistance.