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Brethren Affiliated Educational Institutions


Ball Bethany Theological Seminary    is a place where Brethren candidates for ministry may seek training for various avenues of service. The denomination's seminary is located on its newly acquired campus at Richmond, Indiana, in association with the Earlham School of Religion.

Ball Brethren Colleges Abroad provides fully accredited study abroad opportunities for either a semester or academic year at one of eleven locations in ten different countries. Courses and subsequent transcripts are compatible with most American colleges and universities.

Ball Colleges and Universities    There are six institutions of higher education affiliated with the Church of the Brethren: Bridgewater, Elizabethtown, Juniata, Manchester, McPherson, and La Verne. Explore the opportunities of each school with provided admission information, plus a direct link to each campus.

Ball Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups is located on the campus of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, the Center supports academic research through seminars and lectures for the interpretation of the religious heritage of Anabaptist and Pietist groups.

Educational Resources

Ball Brethren Encyclopedia     is a four-volume, 2,126 page encyclopedia of Brethren life, belief, practice, and history with index, compiled in 1983-1984. This comprehensive work of reference with more than 230 articles on family history, exhaustive compilation of anabaptism and German pietism which has resulted in the growth of the Church of the Brethren, Brethren in Christ, and Mennonites. There are extensive listings, indexes, biographies, illustrations, and even brief histories of local churches. It contains the most up-to-date information ever assembled on all of the Brethren bodies and many illustrations never before published. An additional fourth volume will soon be available.

Ball Brethren Bibliography     These resources will hopefully give you a more expanded understanding of the COB. Many of the authors have made lifelong commitments to making Brethren history, lifestyles, and belief systems more easily understood. Some of the books have excellent cross-references to other works. A few hardcovers are presently out of circulation, but may be acquired from libraries.

Ball Brethren Timeline of the Church of the Brethren tracing our development from a very small circle of eight Anabaptist and Pietist believers in Schwarzenau, Germany, until the present 1,100 congregations in 36 states with mission projects around the world. Discover many external religious events that significantly contributed to our formation. Included are many secular historical markers to help properly frame Brethren events in relation to world happenings.

Ball Christian Education This second group of our Other Links section is intended as a resource for strengthening our awareness of the Bible and various theological documents. These links are intended to focus on building up the inner self with access to online bibles, extensive articles, timelines & chronologies, beliefs & customs, heritage studies, writings of the early church, denominational listings, and manuscript research.

Ball Comparing Translations of the Bible     This exercise was developed so that you may compare different translations of the Bible without the necessity of going to a bookstore and laboriously opening and searching through a multitude of different versions or editions in order to see how they read.

Ball College Reference     Here is an extensive list of educational instruments for research, including world libraries, dictionaries, thesauri, encyclopediae, grammars, and databases, with additional links to financial, entrance standards, testing, and counseling resources.

Ball Glossary of Brethren Related Terminology     Brethren terminology, beliefs, doctrines, and history are explained, along with additional information, such as postal mailing addresses, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, geographic location of many facilities, and links to principal web sites.

Beliefs ~ Perspectives

Ball Plan of Redemption through Jesus Christ Understanding the grace of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of Christianity. Here is an overview of God's plan to redeem mankind to Himself through the exemplary life and vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ.

Ball Membership 101 Here is a place to explore the possibility of establishing your membership with the Church of the Brethren. You will learn about vows which you would be expected to affirm during a Baptismal or Reception service, and also the more distinctive beliefs and practices that uniquely accentuate the Church of the Brethren from other denominations.

Ball Brethren Card The Church of the Brethren has historically resisted the theological confinement of creeds and narrow statements of faith; but in order to give non-Brethren a brief introduction to our beliefs and practices, this card was issued many years ago to list the essentials of our understanding of the New Testament.

Ball Brethren Logo of our denomination is comprised of three elements which makes a distinct statement reflecting; our unity in Christ, our compassion for a world in spiritual darkness, our mission to serve others, our responsibility to teach and baptize, and our hope of reward for faithfulness.

Ball Creeds and the Brethren by Frank Ramirez examines the basic reasons why Brethren have traditionally resisted the confinement of a creed by detailing historical moments and theological weaknesses that predictably lay in the pathway to the formation of creeds. Ramirez further gives treatment to the inherent problems of creedalism such as affirmation without investigation or different signposts for different believers on the spiritual journey of faith. Lastly, readers are effectually challenged to define their own approach to developing and defending a system of beliefs.

Ball Pocket Gospel In Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans, he condenses the message of God's grace into just a few short verses. For that reason, some have called this passage the Pocket Gospel. You will be able to view humanity from God's perspective and learn how Jesus became the centerpiece of that plan of grace.

Ball FAQS - Frequently Asked QuestionS Visitors frequently load our e-mail box with innocent, and often curious questions about the Church of the Brethren and what we believe or how we function as an organization. Read our responses to these inquires, and hopefully you will discover the answer to your question.

““Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.””

Proverbs 3:5-6

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