The folks I have considered my closest brothers and sisters in Christ in recent years, the Church of the Brethren, are in crisis. Membership rolls are dropping, budgets are being slashed, and everyone has an opinion about why it’s happening. I’m not writing here to add another opinion, though I have mine. And besides, I really don’t have a dog in this fight, as denominations (in my book) are very secondary to the larger call of Christian brotherhood.
But I found this email interesting that I received from said Church of the Brethren. You let me know if you find mixed messages in this email. I’ll give you a photo montage of the place of meeting to help stimulate your imagination to see the mixed message.
The Church of the Brethren invites stewardship leaders to consider attending the “Steward Leaders in Changing Times” conference this November.
In the midst of challenge and change, congregational steward leaders are asked to provide answers and solutions. Plan now to attend:
“Steward Leaders in Changing Times”
Hilton Marco Island Resort, Florida
November 30 – December 3, 2009
The Ecumenical Stewardship Center, of which the Church
of the Brethren is a member, is sponsoring this event.