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BTN’s purpose is to encourage education and training for leadership and ministry in local churches of Brethren background, and to encourage Bible schools and training courses which serve these churches in different countries.

At the IBCM3 conference, it was agreed to improve information about the Brethren movement in different countries. In particular, for each IBCM conference, the organisers try to bring together information from as many countries in the world as possible, to provide a pen portrait of the movement in each country and key contact information. 

The latest information is in The Brethren Movement Worldwide: Key information, fifth edition (2019) edited by Ken and Jeanette Newton (Australia) for the IBCM7 conference in Italy in June 2019.

International Brethren History conferences

These conferences are held bi-annually under the auspices of the Brethren Archivists and Historians Network (BAHN). The ninth conference, on Ordinances and Elements in Brethren Life, is to be held on 2-4 July 2019 on the subject of ‘The Brethren and Mission’  at Sidmouth in Devon (More information and brochure).
 For more information and details of how to subscribe to BAHN and receive, annually, the Brethren Historical Review go to the BAHN site.

BER’s vision is to promote biblical eldership for the glory of God by providing teaching, resources, training, and mentoring for current and future church leaders who will implement, practice, teach, and train others in biblical eldership as the model for church leadership. In other words, they are equipping one generation of elders to equip the next generation of elders who will, in turn, equip the following generation.

Using experience he and Anneke gained among assemblies in Canada, England and Colombia, together with the tools developed while working with the Navigators and the Gideons in London, Philip Nunn’s Bible based, thought provoking and challenging material has been made available in web form since 2006.

Widely accessed across four continents, it provides stimulating and encouraging resources which can be downloaded and reproduced easily. Philip’s Article ‘Five reasons why I remain connected to the Brethren Movement‘ is an interesting personal reflection on the Brethren movement by this IBCM participant.

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The Brethren Training Network was initiated following discussions at the IBCM3 conference in Romania in 2003 and an International Training Consultation held at Emmaus College, Dubuque IA, USA in 2005.
 
 BTN’s purpose is to encourage education and training for leadership and ministry in local churches of Brethren background, and to encourage Bible schools and training courses which serve these churches in different countries.

 Progress has been reviewed at subsequent IBCM conferences and at the International Training Consultations held in 2010, 2014 and 2018 (report of the IBCM5 discussion). 

BTN is led by an international steering committee, comprising Russell Thorp (NZ) (Convener), Philip Boom (USA), Mark Davies (UK), Simeon Havyarimana (Burundi), Joel Hernandez (USA), Simon Marshall (UK), Sunny Philip (India), Christian Ramirez (Colombia), David Smith (Australia), Len Smith (Australia), and Neil Summerton (UK).   

The main continuing tool of BTN is a website (www.brethrentraining.org) which aims to provide easy access to written materials and links to course materials and other institutions and websites which are particularly relevant to leadership and ministry in the Brethren movement. BTN also organises special workshops and training sessions at IBCM conferences, and will be leading a 24-hour extension to the IBCM7 conference in Italy on 28-29 June 2019. 

Brethren Information Network

At the IBCM3 conference it was also suggested that a Brethren Information Network should be established. For the time being, the BTN website and the IBCM website are jointly fulfilling this informational role.

 

 

Information on the Brethren movement 

Thanks to the remarkable gospel outreach of Open or Christian Brethren churches and missionaries over the last 150 years, there are congregations related to the Brethren movement in over 150 countries in the world.

There are some 25,000 such congregations with an attendance of more than 2 million people each Sunday. In addition there are some 10,000 preaching points which may turn into self-sustaining churches in the next few years. 

In some countries, this movement has seen remarkable growth in recent years, both in terms of numbers of churches and overall numbers of people involved. In other countries, there is decline or numbers are small. Because of the nature of the movement, over the past two generations international contacts have been lost and some national groups feel isolated.

IBCM, and the regional conferences which it has encouraged, are important means of rebuilding necessary international contacts for mutual spiritual blessing and encouragement. 

The latest information is in The Brethren Movement Worldwide: Key information, fifth edition (2019) edited by Ken and Jeanette Newton (Australia) for the IBCM7 conference in Italy in June 2019.

The Brethren Movement Worldwide needs constant attention to keep it up to date. If errors are spotted or additional information should be included, please provide corrected and updated information to IBCM. If there is no entry for your country in the latest edition, please be in touch with IBCM to request a questionnaire through which the information can be provided. 

 

The papers from the first conference in 2003 were published as Neil T R Dickson and Tim Grass (editors), The Growth of the Brethren Movement: National and International Experiences, Paternoster 2006.

The papers from the second conference in 2005 were published in 2013 as Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren (volume 2 in the series, ‘Studies in Brethren History’).

Papers from the succeeding conferences to date are in preparation for publication as further volumes of ‘Studies in Brethren History’.

Volume 1 of ‘Studies in Brethren History’ is Tim Grass, Gathering to His Name: the story of Open Brethren in Britain and Ireland (reprinted by BAHN in 2013). 

These volumes are available from BAHN Publications.