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The following terms reflect the culture of the Church of the Brethren, a denomination grounded on the principles of Anabaptism and founded through the Pietist efforts of Alexander Mack, in the summer of 1708 near the small German village of Schwarzenau. This resource is not an exhaustive compilation of all denominational terminology, which might also be garnered from other Brethren works, such as the Brethren Encyclopedia, Brethren Bibliography, European Origins, Brethren in America, Ephrata Cloister, 19th Century Acculturation, Brethren Timeline, Brethren Groups, and Brethren Genealogy. You are encouraged to share your comments, suggestions, or corrections with the Web Administrator.
A three year program which is used in some districts to monitor the tutelage of candidates for pastoral ministry, and in others for the training of lay speakers. Ministry Commissions of each District Board generally have wide latitude on how the program will be implimented in their District. This program is usually the minimum educational requirement for ordained ministry in the Church of the Brethren.