Church of the Brethren

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Church of the Brethren
Denomination type: Brethren (German Baptists)
Year Reporting: 2008
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Description: Eight German Pietists/Anabaptists, including their leader, Alexander Mack, founded the Brethren movement in 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany. Begun in reaction to spiritual stagnation in state churches, the Brethren formed their own movement, modeled on the first-century church. They practice believer baptism, anointing, and the love feast. They have no other creed than the New Testament, hold to principles of nonviolence, no force in religion, Christian service, and simplicity. They migrated to the colonies beginning in 1710 and settled at Germantown, Pennsylvania, moving westward and southward to plant congregations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Emphasis on religion in daily life led to the formation of Brethren Volunteer Service in 1948, which continues today. There are now sister denominations and missions in Nigeria, Haiti, India, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and mission workers in several other places around the world.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 1451 Dundee Ave.
Address line 2:
City: Elgin
State: Illinois
Zip Code: 60120
Country: United States
Phone: (800)323-8039

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, Director of News Services
Phone: (800)323-8039

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Mr. Joseph Cunningham
Position: Secretary, the General Council of C.U. of the U.S.A
Phone: (937)981-2760

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 3,647
Other Members: 367
Total Inclusive Members: 4,014
Total Churches: 107
Average Attendance: 5,085
Membership Calculation Method: Estimate

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 154
Other Service to the Church: 38
Retired: 33
Total Clergy: 225

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 102
Pupils: 2,829
Staff: 314
Total Individuals: 3,143

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $4,864,495.29
Total Giving Local Expense: $2,951,782.57
Total Financial: $781,627,786
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures