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We are a membership driven, unofficial web site of the Church of the Brethren, a Protestant denomination with churches in most of the United States and a few other countries. COB-NET is the first denominational Brethren web site, and the most comprehensive. We offer resources concerning Beliefs & Perspectives. Many researchers have utilized Genealogy resources. We offer the only Brethren Web Directory listing Districts, congregations, agencies, educational institutions, blogs, and discussion groups. Enjoy perusing our Brethren Glossary, learn about the Brethren Encyclopedia or district Outdoor Ministries. We also provide Bible Games, puzzles, and quizzes. Especially our challenging Brethren Quiz. You can send Greeting Cards with a distinctive Brethren touch. Discover the symbolism behind the official Church of the Brethren Logo. Read the Brethren Card which is a non-credal set of beliefs. Explore our Brethren Timeline

Examine our lengthy online record of Annual Conference business, worship, statements, and Locations.

Out of the Anabaptist movement of 16th Century Europe and the later fervency of 17th Century Pietism, our founder Alexander Mack organized a small group of believers. In the autumn of 1708 they baptized each other in the Eder River near the Village of Schwarzenau, Germany. This early Brethren Group originally used no label for themselves but outsiders began referring to them as the Schwarzenau Täufer (Baptists) or Neue Täufer (New Baptists) to distinguish them from older Anabaptists bodies such as the original Swiss Brethren who later became the Mennonites and Amish. Discover our association with Epharata Cloister and much later at the Civil War battle of Antietam. In the latter years of the 1800s the Brethren founded many Colleges & Universities. Utilize the educational possibilities in College Reference.

To escape persecution, our Brethren later emigrated to America and throughout the New World using the label German Baptist Brethren so as to distinguish themselves from English Baptists and Moravian groups. Following doctrinal schisms in the late 19th Century, the largest remaining body dropped the words German and Baptist in 1908, to become known as the Church of the Brethren. Additionally, you can learn more about all the many other groups that include the word Brethren in their denominational label.

We responded to a trickle of online members back in the middle 1990's when most Brethren were unaware of the Web side of the Internet. Only a few Brethren had discovered e-mail, newsgroups, and Listserv Discussions. Many years later, an official Church of the Brethren denominational web site came online. Thanks for stopping by and please come again whenever it is convenient.



Visit with confidence, knowing that we guarantee wholesome information for the entire family, specifically having children in mind. COB-NET has been fully accredited by SafeSurf which is a content monitoring organization. Great attention to detail and accuracy is employed in our continuous development and interpretation of the Brethren cultural experience.

Every morning we raise the bar of excellence to guarantee a safe and wholesome experience as you journey through our many resources. When it seems as though society is comfortable with lowering standards, COB-NET is committed to raising them. We've added a few links below to assist your safe enjoyment of the Internet.


The following list is a quick way to learn most of what it means to be Brethren. You'll start by learning the religious and political climate of our birthplace in Europe during the 16th-18th centuries, and finish with a general scheme of Brethrenism in the modern era.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first-fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

Proverbs 3:5-10


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