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Brethren in Christ Study Conferences

A banner for the 2015 Sider Institute study conference titled "Life Beyond the Congregation."

Brethren in Christ Study Conference 2015

The 2015 Brethren in Christ study conference was held on November 12-13, 2015, at Messiah College, and focused on the theme, "Life Beyond the Congregation: The Future of Denominations in the 21st Century."

Video recordings of the conference sessions will soon be available. Conference presentations will also be published in a forthcoming issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society. Stay tuned for further details.

Major Conference Sessions & Presenters

In Defense of Denominations

by Dr. Roger E. Olson, professor of Christian theology and ethics, Truett Seminary/Baylor University

Thursday, November 12 at 7:00pm

How Denominations Can Survive in the 21st Century

by Dr. Roger E. Olson, professor of Christian theology and ethics, Truett Seminary/Baylor University

Friday, November 13 at 9:30am

Why I Serve at the Denominational Level

by Bryan Hoke, bishop, Atlantic Conference of the BIC Church U.S.; Hank Johnson, pastor of discipleship and youth ministry, Harrisburg (Pa.) BIC; Harriet Sider Bicksler, editor of Shalom! and Brethren in Christ History and Life; and Wanda Heise, chair, General Conference Board of the BIC Church U.S.; moderated by Emerson Lesher, president, Brethren in Christ Historical Society

Friday, November 13 at 10:45am

Does the Future Have a Denomination? New Means and Models of Denominationalism *

by Dr. Chris Baeckert, executive director, Ecclesia Network

Friday, November 13 at 1:00pm (breakout session)

Can a Congregation Be the Church? The Brethren in Christ in the Post-Modern Church *

by Dr. John R. Yeatts, senior pastor, Grantham (Pa.) BIC Church

Friday, November 13 at 1:00pm (breakout session)

* These sessions were not recorded or live streamed. To read these talks, please purchase a copy of the April 2016 issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life, the journal of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society.