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.
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, fourth edition (2015) edited by Ken and Jeanette Newton (Australia) for the IBCM6 conference in Italy in June 2015.
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.
See 'Why I remain connected to the Brethren Movement' for an interesting personal reflection on the Brethren movement by an IBCM participant from The Netherlands.