Church of the Brethren

Church of the Brethren

1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
United States

Attesting Officer
Mr. Joseph Cunningham
Secretary, the General Council of C.U. of the U.S.A


Media Contact
Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, Director of News Services

42.064064, -88.2621633


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1979
172,115
0
0
172,115
1,061
1978
175,335
0
0
175,335
1,061
1977
177,534
0
0
177,534
1,041
1976
178,157
0
0
178,157
1,041
1975
179,336
0
0
179,336
1,041
1974
179,387
0
0
179,387
1,038
1973
179,333
0
0
179,333
1,035
1972
179,686
0
0
179,686
1,037
1971
181,183
0
0
181,183
1,036
1970
182,614
0
0
182,614
1,038
1969
185,198
0
0
185,198
1,045
1968
187,957
0
0
187,957
1,054
1967
189,558
0
0
189,558
1,052
1966
191,402
0
0
191,402
1,056
1965
0
0
0
194,815
1,067
1964
0
0
0
199,854
1,070
1963
0
0
0
201,958
1,069
1962
0
0
0
201,220
1,064
1961
0
0
0
200,788
1,070
1960
0
0
0
199,947
1,074
1959
0
0
0
201,219
1,070
1958
0
0
0
200,282
1,069
1957
0
0
0
199,936
1,062
1956
0
0
0
197,290
1,052
1955
0
0
0
195,609
1,049
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1979
0
0
0
1,911
1977
780
0
0
1,929
1976
824
0
0
1,897
1975
838
0
0
1,935
1974
836
0
0
1,948
1973
847
0
0
1,990
1972
686
0
0
2,026
1971
705
0
0
2,011
1970
705
0
0
2,030
1969
729
0
0
2,027
1968
739
0
0
2,056
1967
784
0
0
2,070
1966
813
0
0
2,089
1965
849
0
0
2,118
1964
846
0
0
2,147
1963
910
0
0
2,177
1962
849
0
0
2,205
1961
852
0
0
2,223
1960
885
0
0
2,250
1959
905
0
0
2,025
1958
800
0
0
2,230
1957
853
0
0
2,246
1956
869
0
0
2,133
1955
876
0
0
2,366
1954
868
0
0
2,455
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1973
1,043
0
0
78,778
1972
1,045
0
0
80,077
1971
1,034
0
0
82,079
1970
1,044
0
0
86,407
1969
1,050
0
0
133,232
1968
1,056
0
0
141,876
1967
1,063
0
0
145,546
1966
1,054
0
0
147,257
1965
1,096
14,878
142,457
157,335
1964
1,099
16,197
145,415
161,612
1963
1,100
16,686
148,168
164,854
1962
1,104
15,799
143,774
159,573
1961
1,070
14,623
141,417
156,040
1960
1,097
16,205
150,382
166,587
1959
1,070
17,391
147,672
165,063
1958
1,025
16,544
140,213
156,757
1957
1,003
15,323
137,219
152,542
1956
1,039
15,373
138,446
153,819
1955
1,064
14,775
139,500
154,275
1954
1,056
14,240
126,733
140,973
1953
1,042
13,951
130,515
144,466
1952
1,034
13,421
128,708
142,129
1951
1,020
12,810
123,712
136,522
1950
1,004
12,814
121,679
134,493
1926
895
0
0
109,891
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1979
$10,161,266
$38,583,950
$28,422,684
1978
$9,476,220
$34,873,751
$25,397,531
1977
$8,228,903
$31,951,720
$23,722,817
1976
$8,032,293
$30,166,151
$22,133,858
1975
$7,842,819
$28,181,170
$20,338,351
1974
$7,281,551
$25,891,165
$18,609,614
1973
$6,868,927
$23,343,685
$16,474,758
1972
$6,671,596
$24,949,495
$18,277,899
1971
$5,184,768
$19,720,042
$14,535,274
1970
$4,891,618
$19,219,514
$14,327,896
1969
$4,921,991
$18,886,149
$13,964,158
1968
$4,889,727
$17,865,556
$12,975,829
1964
$0
$15,221,162
$0
1963
$0
$14,574,688
$0
1962
$0
$14,594,572
$0
1961
$0
$13,653,155
$0
1960
$0
$12,644,194
$0
1959
$0
$12,143,983
$0
1958
$0
$12,288,049
$0
1957
$0
$11,293,388
$0
1956
$2,207,559
$9,130,616
$6,923,057
1955
$2,249,999
$7,812,806
$5,562,807
1954
$2,208,679
$7,458,584
$5,249,905
1953
$2,193,155
$7,091,624
$4,898,469
1952
$2,485,442
$7,367,138
$4,881,696