About Us

Congregation

As a congregation we are grateful for each person who gathers with us each week.  We seek to foster a safe and caring environment so that we can experience the mind of Christ in community.  As a welcoming group, we encourage fellowship, conversation, questions, and relationship.

Our commitment is to one another in Christian love and spiritual nurture.

Our hope is that you can join with us on any Sunday morning as a friend and guest.


Historical Background

This congregation is part of the Church of the Brethren, founded in Germany in 1708 over 300 years ago.

The Church of the Brethren grew out of the historic Anabaptist and Pietist experiences that formed in Germany after the Reformation. We are a part of the larger Brethren movement that includes the German Baptist Brethren, the German Baptist Brethren New Conference, the Dunkard Brethren, the Grace Brethren and the Ashland Brethren as well as other Brethren groups. 

We view ourselves in partnership with all seeking Christians and all religious persons and groups as we attempt to create communities of a living and inspired faith. We want to live in a spirit of cooperation as a beloved community as we invite others to share in the love of God.


Denomination

Church of the Brethren is headquartered in Elgin, Illinois and also maintains a Brethren Service Center located in New Windsor, Maryland. We conduct a yearly Annual Conference that moves to different locations within the United States. Church of the Brethren Annual Conference combines fellowship, business, and worship experiences.

We support a seminary, Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN, that provides ministry training. There are also six liberal arts colleges affiliated with the denomination: Bridgewater College, Bridgwater, VA; Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA; Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; University of LaVerne, LaVerne, CA; McPherson College, McPherson, KS; and Manchester University, North Manchester, IN.  

For more information go to the denominational website:  www.brethren.org


Biblical Beliefs

We believe in the whole Bible with a special emphasis on the New Testament as it offers us the way of Jesus that is personally focused, socially relevant and intellectually sound for every age.

When the values of Christ conflict with the values of the world around us, God strengthens us to count the cost of our faith commitment and to suffer if we must in order to remain true to Jesus the Christ.

However, in all our efforts we continue to be open to the ideas and inspiration of others as we seek to understand the Bible as it unfolds in our life experiences.


 Life of Faith

After the example and teaching of Jesus the Christ, we give priority to serving one another in love and acceptance.

We believe that all of life is a sacred creation of God and that the ways of justice, violence, and environmental degradation are not compatible with the Spirit of Christ.

We believe that we are being called to be in a spirit of reconciliation as we live together and with others in our community and world.

In doing so, we want to reach out to all others as we share together these faith experiences and the love of God.


Relationships

In Christ, we believe that there is no force in matters of religion as we relate in our faith responses.

We believe that the greatest gift of God’s spirit is love embodied in the followers of Jesus. This love is complete as we seek out one another in an invitational and open manner.

We believe God calls us to encourage one another in times of joy and sorrow as well as in all the experiences of our lives.

We practice a welcoming environment for worship and fellowship, through which we form lasting friendships.


Connections

Our congregation is part of the District of Missouri/Arkansas of the Church of the Brethren located in this area and across the southern part of the state and northern Arkansas.

We share our life with 13 other congregations as together we meet yearly for a District Conference and celebrate in fellowship and worship as we conduct the necessary organizational business and affirmations of leadership.

There is a strong bond between our congregations that provides connections and support.

The district’s website is www.missouriarkansasbrethren.org


Camping Opportunities

Our District sponsors a yearly camping week at Camp Hammond Mill, Dora, MO, in the southern part of the state, near West Plains. This involves campers of various ages, including adult staff who provide program and activities for Christian development.  Campers are registered through one of the district congregations.  See your congregation for details. The 2017 camp dates are July 30-August 5.  Contact the Warrensburg Church of the Brethren or one our pastors if you have interest and need more information.