In the New Testament the word brethren describes the kinship of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Church of the Brethren begun in Germany, still draws people who want to continue Jesus’ work of loving service and witness in local faith communities.
The Brethren look to the Scriptures for guidance. Our commitment to the Bible can be traced back to 1708 when Alexander Mack and a small group of Christians committed themselves to Bible study instead of religious tradition. We discover in the Bible how to have a personal relationship with God, receive forgiveness of sins, purpose for our lives, and hope for the future.
We believe that God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ graciously grants the free gift of an abundant and eternal life to anyone who: Agrees with God about their sinful condition; Believes that Jesus died for their sins and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures; and Chooses individually to receive Christ as Savior and Lord by faith.
Our faith emphasizes compassion, peace-making, and simplicity. We baptize those who seek to follow Jesus; we anoint for healing; and at our “love feast” we reenact the Last Supper, in which Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, shared a common meal, and offered the bread and cup of communion.
Brethren work locally and worldwide to help victims of war, poverty, and natural disasters. We believe that when Jesus showed us another way of living, he intended to nourish and strengthen others.