Brethren Polity and Ordinances (2021)

A Course to Understand How the Brethren Church Operates


Cohort Dates: September 14 to November 9, 2021
*Admission to the current Online Cohort will not be accepted after September 7, 2021

This course examines the polity of the church from a Brethren and Believers’ Church perspective. It provides an overview of the organizational structure of the Brethren Church at the local, district and national levels. Consideration is given to both the doctrine and practice of the ordinances.

If you have enrolled in this class for the purpose of furthering your ordination process with the Brethren Church, please note that you are required to attend 4 of the 5 online cohort meetings. Detailed information regarding the cohort gatherings will be sent to all enrolled participants prior to the first cohort meeting.

If you are not taking this course as part of the ordination process, please feel free to disregard any cohort specific email.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of this course, please contact our course administrator Ryan Smith ([email protected]).

Your Instructor

Ronald W.  Waters
Ronald W. Waters

You could say Ron's resume looks like a guy who cannot keep a job - serving in the Brethren Church National Offices for the fifth time, has served as pastor/staff of five congregations, and was twice on faculty/staff at Ashland Theological Seminary. He and wife Norma recently moved to Canton, Ohio, and enjoy spoiling their daughter, son-in-law, and (especially) their two grandchildren.

Course Curriculum

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  Week 5 | Nov 9, 2021 | 12-1pm (EST)
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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