October 1, 2013

October Messenger

On course, or adrift?
Are Brethren churches moving away from their moorings—their core values? And, if so, who is most responsible for the shift? Congregations? The denomination? Pastors and staff? Former Church Executive magazine editor Ron Keener’s answer may surprise you.
Making their ‘meetinghouse’ useful today
Today’s churches look quite different from the meetinghouses in which early Brethren gathered for worship. “The meetinghouses were plain but practical,” says Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren pastor Bob Kettering. “I believe the Brethren had the right idea in calling their structures meetinghouses, which functioned as hospitality centers.” Find out how one church is applying a meetinghouse approach in today’s world.
Being church in the world— a conversation with WCC leaders
Olav Fykse Tveit and Natasha Klukach from the World Council of Churches visited the Church of the Brethren General Offices, where they discussed key issues in the church leading up to next month’s 10th Assembly.
Unlikely conversations
Unexpected encounters and unlikely conversations can often lead to profound insights and rich relationships, if only we remain open to the nudging of God’s Spirit.
Coming in the November Messenger: The amazing peace witness of one famous bumper sticker