Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership

Welcome to the home page of the Brethren Academy —

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 nondegree 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.

For quick reference, here you will find a wealth of resources, including

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Brethren Academy Programs

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

Education 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, 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, view or download the TRIM Brochure.

Seminario Biblico Anabautista Hispano-de la Iglesia de los Hermanos (SeBAH-CoB) un programa de certificacion 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 Hispanic Pastoral and Leadership  Education office of the Mennonite Education Agency.  For more information, view or download the SeBAH-CoB brochure.

Staff for the Academy include Janet L. Ober Lambert,  director; Carrie Eikler, coordinator of TRIM and EFSM Ministry Training Programs; Nancy S. Heishman, coordinator of Spanish-language programs; and Fran 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, and congregations and agencies of the Church of the Brethren.