“I am pleased to announce the confirmation of Dr. Alan Robinson as national director of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S. This completes a discernment process that began with careful deliberation by a search committee, unanimous election by the General Conference Board (GCB), and now confirmation by an overwhelming majority of the voting delegates of the 2012 General Conference.”
Alan Robinson named national director of BIC U.S.
On behalf of the General Conference Board (GCB), chairperson Bill Strausbaugh announces that the election of Dr. Alan Robinson as national director of the Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S., has been confirmed by delegates of the 2012 General Conference.
On February 18, an electronic ballot was emailed to the 286 U.S. delegates of the 2012 General Conference. Voting closed at 12pm (Eastern Standard Time) on February 25. Of the delegates who voted, an overwhelming majority confirmed Alan’s election. This confirmation vote brings to a close a search process that began in August 2012.
Consultation on Scripture a practice in communal discernment
Early this month, a group of 38 leaders from across the Church met at Carlisle (Pa.) BIC Church for a Consultation on the Nature of Scripture. In addition to a presentation by biblical scholar Mark Strauss, there were panel discussions led by BIC leaders and small-group dialogues. Videos from some sessions will be available in early March, and a statement sharing the conclusions of the Consultation is anticipated in June. Read more »
GCB to hold roundtables on BIC U.S. finances
In the coming months, members of the General Conference Board will be engaging pastors from churches across the seven Regional Conferences in a series of roundtable events to discuss General Church finances, including Cooperative Ministries and the BIC Pension Fund. “The goal is to hear what congregations are thinking about General Church finances,” says John Cox, treasurer of the GCB and chair of its finance committee. Read more »
BICWM initiates listening summits
Brethren in Christ World Missions (BICWM) is in the early stages of rethinking its vision, mandate, and structure. Over the next several months, BICWM will be leading “listening summits” with pastors in each Regional Conference to discuss the present/future of the denomination’s global outreach ministry. Read more »
Summaries of board meetings
In January, Leadership Council, the General Conference Board, and the Board for World Missions (Jan.) each held board meetings. Read summary reports on what was discussed »
GC 2012 Minutes and updated MDG
Churches will receive one complimentary hardcopy of the General Conference 2012 Minutes in the coming weeks, as well as the updated Manual of Doctrine and Government. Additional print copies are available for a small fee by contacting the General Church offices at email@example.com. Additionally, electronic versions of the materials are available. Click here to download a pdf of the MDG or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf of the Minutes.
NOTE: The GC 2012 Minutes cannot be posted online, due to security considerations with BIC global workers.
Register now for 2013 Impact Seminar
The 2013 Impact Seminar, "Us, Them, and Jesus: Building Bridges in a World that Thinks Differently," will be held in six locations across the U.S. throughout April and May and will engage questions such as: How do we relate to a post-Christian world? When are we building bridges and when are we simply watering down the gospel message? How do we remain a separate people, while engaging in ministry?
Two opportunities for women in ministry & leadership
The BIC Council for Women in Ministry and Leadership is offering two opportunities for growth, fellowship, and worship to women across BIC U.S. The Council hopes that you’ll consider these opportunities for yourself and/or that you'll pass this email on to women who might be interested!
Women at the Well Retreat, “Becoming a neighbor”
May 3–5, Kenbrook Bible Camp (Lebanon, Pa.)
Featuring: Inspiring speakers, discussion-based workshops, diverse worship, prayer, learning, & fellowship
Learn more / register »
Women Pastors Day
May 3, Kenbrook Bible Camp (Lebanon, Pa.)
All women serving as pastors in BIC U.S. churches are invited to a free day of storytelling and resourcing.
Learn more / register »
Hank Johnson, youth pastor at Harrisburg (Pa.) BIC, was considering a youth missions trip to South Florida. He contacted the General Church Offices for assistance in making contacts with BIC congregations in Miami. Now, with this connection, Hank is working directly with Bishop Aner Morejon and Magbys Hernandez, who leads youth activities for Spanish-speaking churches, to plan the trip. See how BIC World Missions can help your church plan a missions trip »
February 20 Prayer Focus 2.20.2013
In Christ's strength,
Brethren in Christ Church in the U.S.
431 Grantham Rd | Mechanicsburg PA 17055 USA
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“Since my family cannot read, my parents have been cheated many times by the landlord dishonestly adjusting paperwork. Now, whenever I go home, my father asks me to read before he signs with his thumbprint. These days, the landlord cannot cheat my parents. This is all because of the SPICE hostel.”
—Urmila Urawn, one of the nearly 1,000 children who are part of the Sponsorship Program for International Children's Education (SPICE)
at a glance
9 | Great Lakes Regional Conference
16 | Midwest Regional Conference
23 | Atlantic Regional Conference
6 | Allegheny Regional Conference
13 | Susquehanna Regional Conference
20 | Pacific Regional Conference
27 | Southeast Regional Conference