Church of the Brethren
In the New Testament, the word "brethren" describes the kinship of men
and women who choose another way of living: the way of Jesus.
The Church of the Brethren, begun over 300 years ago in Germany still
draws people who want to continue Jesus’ work of loving service.
Today, there about 1000 Church of the Brethren congregations throughout
the United States and many other Brethren ministries throughout the
We gather annually for a church-wide conference to seek the Spirit in
the direction of the church. The Mission
and Ministry Board, On
Peace, and the Brethren
Benefit Trust are
denominational ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Brethren Press is the
denomination's bookstore. We are
of 20 congregations in the Michigan
District of the Church of the
Brethren. The Michigan District's camp is Camp Brethren Heights.
For guidance, the Brethren look to the scriptures rather than doctrine.
Our faith emphasizes compassion, peace-making, simplicity,
and community. We baptize those who seek to follow Jesus; we
for healing, and in our Love Feast we reenact the last supper, at which
Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and offered the bread and cup
Brethren work locally and worldwide to help victims of war, poverty and
natural disasters. We share special, long standing relationships with
World Service and Heifer Project International.
We believe that when Jesus showed us another way of living, he intended
it to nourish and transform the entire human family.