BIC church workers gather to recharge and reconnect
Last month, 180 of you attended the 2011 Ministry Enrichment Retreat, held in Dublin, Ohio. By far, this was the most diverse group ever assembled in MER’s history. Some spoke Spanish, others English. Some serve as full-time pastors, others bi-vocationally. Some had reached their 20s, others their 80s. Some were lifelong BICs, others were brand new to the denomination.
Yet despite these differences, participants found fellowship and renewal together. “Everything—from the schedule to the accommodations to the chance to connect with others—was awesome,” noted one attendee. “We needed this!”
You've probably heard from us...
This summer, the General Church Office hired two summer workers to help us update the information available about your church on our Find a Church page, the IN PART magazine mailing list, and the 2011 Church-wide directory. To those who’ve already helped us in this process, thank you! And to those of you who haven’t yet heard from you, you probably will soon!
GCB study group to offer survey about possibility of BIC name change
At the 2010 General Conference, delegates from Brethren in Christ congregations in Canada and the United States acted to initiate a process to consider a new denominational name. As the first step, the General Conference Board (GCB) created a study group charged with the task of developing a process to determine the hopes and needs of our various constituencies. As one part of this process, the study group is developing survey designed to elicit input from the Brethren in Christ constituency.
You’ll be hearing more about the survey in the coming months, but in the meantime, click here for more information about the overall process and a handout you can use to explain the process to your church.
Mennonite World Conference 2015 slated for Harrisburg, Pa.
On July 21–26, 2015, between 8,000 and 10,000 Anabaptist believers from around the world will gather at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., for the 16th Assembly of Mennonite World Confrence (MWC). MWC is a communion (koinonia) of 99 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national Churches from 56 countries, linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness. Danisa Ndlovu, bishop of the BIC Church in Zimbabwe, has served as president of MWC since 2009.
Summer 2011 In Part on its way
The summer 2011 edition of In Part, which should be arriving in mailboxes and inboxes this week, examines our shared Core Value on "Living Simply." What did this look like for BIC in the past, and how are we pursuing simplicity today? Find out »
Also coming . . . 2010 Annual Report
Included in the summer edition of In Part will be the first-ever Annual Report for the BIC family across North America.
Last chance to register for Fall 2011 DSP courses
Choose from 19 courses on a variety of topics—from peacemaking to evangelism to church history—that will help shape and support your faith. More information »
Job openings in BIC General Church Office
The General Conference of the BIC Church is seeking an executive assistant and a graphic designer/web developer for its Grantham, Pa., office. Both are full-time positions with benefits. View complete job descriptions »
“What I might have once counted as loss—loss of work, income, and health—God has taught me to count as gain, not only for myself, but also for my Haitian brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic.”
—Wayne Ridgeway, from his essay, The Stove Project, in the summer issue of In Part