Vision & Mission

The Mountville Church of the Brethren
Fostering growth in faith,
growth in community,
and growth in service

The Mountville Church of the Brethren invites children, youth and adults to connect with Christ through meaningful worship, engaging spiritual growth opportunities, caring fellowship, and compassionate service to local and global neighbors.

What is the Church of the Brethren?

At the end of the 20th Century, the Church of the Brethren captured its identity with the phrase:
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

  • The Church of the Brethren, founded in 1708, grew out dissatisfaction with the
    state churches in Germany. Anabaptist & pietist traditions influenced early
  • The Brethren came to America (Germantown, PA) in 1717 seeking religious
    freedom. The Mountville congregation was established in 1881.
  • We follow no creed, but rely on the New Testament as our rule and guide. We
    simply try to follow the teachings and example of Jesus.
  • As an Historic Peace Church, we try to resolve conflicts peacefully. We have a
    deep commitment to justice and preserving human dignity. However, we also
    respect that not all consciences lead towards paths of pacifism. We are open
    to differences in this matter.
  • In the past, Brethren were recognized for their plain dress and hesitation to be
    involved in the larger culture. Today, our “simple living” manifests itself in our
    conscious choices about how we spend our time and money. We seek to live
    responsibly and compassionately in our world.
  • Community is deeply valued in the Church of the Brethren. Early Brethren
    studied the scriptures together to discern God’s will. They often sacrificed
    personal resources for the good of another. There is often a sense of “family”
    within our congregations as we worship, fellowship and join together for acts of


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