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Out of the Anabaptist movement of 16th Century Europe and the later fervency of 17th Century Pietism, our founder Alexander Mack organized a small group of believers. In the autumn of 1708 they baptized each other in the Eder River near the village of Schwarzenau, Germany. This group originally used no label for themselves but outsiders began referring to them as the Schwarzenau Täufer (Baptists) or Neue Täufer (New Baptists) to distinguish them from older Anabaptists bodies such as the Mennonites and Amish or the Swiss Brethren.

They later immigrated to America and throughout the New World using the label German Baptist Brethren so as to distinguish themselves from English Baptist groups. After 19th Century schisms, the largest remaining body dropped the words German and Baptist in 1908, to become known as the Church of the Brethren. Discover more about all the many Brethren Groups that include the word Brethren in their denominational label.

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We are a membership driven, unofficial web site of the Church of the Brethren, a Protestant denomination with churches in most of the United States and a few other countries. COB-NET is the first denominational Brethren web site.

We responded to a trickle of online members back in the middle 1990's when most churches were unaware of the Internet, only a few Brethren had discovered newsgroups, and there was no official Brethren denominational web site.

Thanks for stopping by and please come again whenever it is convenient. Founder and web administrator Ron Gordon is a member of the Bunkertown Church of the Brethren in the Southern District of Pennsylvania. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us with your questions.


Preview the Brethren Encyclopedia and learn of the vast amount of information it contains, such as histories, maps, charts, illustrations, photos, with index.


Discover recipes in our Cook Book submitted by Brethren chefs and homemakers from across the denomination. Why not contribute some of your own?.


This list of Communities, Homes, Independent and Assisted Living facilities have a special relationship with the Church of the Brethren through the Fellowship of Brethren Homes. Most facilities are now open to the general public with a commitment to minister to the spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of their residents, as well as their physical needs.


Learn about Brethren Terminology and how all things Brethren connect through heritage, events, agencies, websites, structure, polity, and theology.


Our Annual Conference is the highest legislative body in the Church of the Brethren and composed of term delegates from each congregation and district. View our Complete Yearly List, or check by individual years.

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996

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You will find Brethren Genealogy & History resources about churches, baptisms, cemeteries, societies such as the Fellowship Brethren Genealogists.


A District Map presents each of our twenty-four Brethren districts. Click on any district to find a local congregation.


Learn about the Council of District Executives and their purpose, mission, and vision for the denomination.


Understand the Bible through Comparing Translations under the disciplines of textual criticism, manuscript evidence, Greek Texts, and a Bibliography. Learn why versions of the Bible differ so much. Compare them to the underlying Greek texts. Discover where they faithfully reflect the true meanings, and where they diverge into interpretation.


The Plan of Redemption presents God's work of grace in the ministry of Jesus Christ who died to save us from our sins and provide blessings, now and throughout eternity. Learn more about redemption from an extensive list of numerous scriptures.


The Pocket Gospel is a very quick way to learn about salvation, redemption, justification, and God's unmerited grace that is imputed to us through our faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ. These truths are drawn from Romans 3:23-25.


What began as a one page collection of Other Links eventually grew into nice separate web pages of Brethren Affiliated, Education, Personal Growth, Children, Computer, and Information.


Our Web Directory is the largest of its kind, the most comprehensive, and up to date listing of all known Brethren websites. To add or update your site, please Contact Us


Investigate possibilities in a Brethren College, university, seminary, or extended learning offering. Also utilize our College Reference lists of websites.


Games & Quizzes offers some fun as well as teaching many things about the Bible. There are puzzles, word searches, checkers, and memory tests.


We combined Highway Signs and correlating scriptures to make spiritual applications of actual life settings. Contact Us if you have an idea concerning how a scripture relates to a road sign.


Send a Brethren Greeting Card for that very special person on their special occasion. We are the first online interest to offer eCards with a Brethren touch. They come in a variety of categories, each with a beautiful graphic image.


Inspirational is a place to spend quiet time reading our feature articles, meditations, and our Laughter is the Best Medicine which offers bulletin bloopers, devotional stories, one-lingers, witty sayings, church sign boards.


There's at least one Church Camp in most of our twenty-four districts with facilities and staff to offer your child or young adult a summer full of memories.

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Learn to be Brethren

The following list is a quick way to learn most of what it means to be Brethren. You'll start by learning the religious and political climate of our birthplace in Europe during the 16th-18th centuries, and finish with a general scheme of Brethrenism in the modern era.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first-fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

Proverbs 3:5-10

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