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The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, and Bethany Theological Seminary. The Academy is an umbrella for several non-degree ministry training efforts within the Church of the Brethren.  You may view or download our Ministry Training Brochure for an overview of the variety of ministerial training programs available in the Church of the Brethren.

TRIMEducation for a Shared Ministry (EFSM) is a three year program intended for small congregations who select five lay persons who will become trained for ministry along with a pastor in training. For more information, you may view or download the EFSM Brochure.

Training in Ministry (TRIM) is a flexible training program incorporating college and seminary classes, Academy level courses, independent study units, and pastoral formation experiences. TRIM is particularly suited for individuals who have not completed an undergraduate college degree.  For more information, you may view or download the TRIM Brochure.

Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano-de la Iglesia de los Hermanos (SeBAH-CoB) un programa de certificaciόn basica en español para entrenamiento ministerial coordinado por el Instituto Teologico de la Iglesia de Los Hermanos (en ingles, “The Brethren Academy”) conjunto con los distritos y las Instituciones Menonitas de Educacion Superior - SeBAH-CoB brochure.

Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano-de la Iglesia de los Hermanos (SeBAH-CoB) is a Spanish language ministry training program coordinated by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership in partnership with the districts and the Mennonite Education Agency, Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership  Education office.  For more information, you may view or download the SeBAH-CoB brochure.

Courses offered through the Academy are open to TRIM and EFSM students, pastors, and lay people. Course formats include residential intensives at Bethany, intensives at a variety of locations around the United States, and online courses.

Staff for the Academy include Julie M. Hostetter, Executive Director; Carrie Eikler, Coordinator of TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs; Debbie Roberts, Coordinator of Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano-de la Iglesia de los Hermanos (SeBAH-CoB); and Francine Massie, Administrative Assistant. They work in a collaborative style with the Ministry Team of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, the faculty of Bethany Theological Seminary, the Ministry Advisory Council, The Council of District Executives, congregations, and agencies of the Church of the Brethren.

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For more information about Brethren Academy, contact:

HostetterHostetter, Julie, Executive Director of The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership
     hosteju@bethanyseminary.edu       765-983-1820

 

Mary EllerFrancine Massie, Administrative Assistant for the Brethren Academy
     academy@bethanyseminary.edu      765-983-1824

Brandon Hanks
(Master of Divinity)

BrandonI find great comfort in knowing that the gifts of God are irrevocable--that God is faithful even if we are faithless. My faith journey begins with the Church of the Brethren. I was raised in the church by my family going to Sunday school and attending worship each week. But as a teenager I found myself struggling in my understanding of the word of God. I wanted to own my faith. I wanted it to be a real and genuine confession, not one merely adopted through my family's tradition. It was during that time of exploration that God revealed my calling as a minister in God's church.