Project 250 is a set of five priorities to guide BIC U.S. towards our 250th anniversary in 2028.
The Brethren in Christ can trace its history back to the late 1770s in Central Pennsylvania where a small group of believers broke from convention and baptized each other in the Conoy Creek. They had come to realize their understanding of Christian life, focus on scriptural obedience, and passion for discipleship didn’t fit within the faith groups of the day.
Today we stand strong in those same values and are ready to pursue the call God has placed on us. Looking towards the future, we asked our leaders and pastors to pray and reflect on how they would like to see BIC U.S. grow and step into God’s calling in the coming years. We identified five key priorities from their feedback that will guide us towards our 250th anniversary in 2028.
- Reaffirming Our Identity as a Community of Christ-Followers
- Making Lifelong Disciples
- Multiplying Missional Congregations, Movements, and Leaders
- Increasing Global Awareness and Impact
- Growing to Reflect the Demographic Realities of Our Communities
To learn more about the priorities of Project 250, click the button below.
BIC U.S. Granted $1.25 Million for Thriving Congregations Initiative
The new initiative will give 75 congregations the opportunity to invest in their members, engage in their community, and identify their role amid rapid cultural change. This program has direct correlation to several of the goals and priorities of Project 250.
Demographic Data from MissionInsite
We have partnered with MissionInsite to provide our congregations with demographic research and data about their communities.
The Fall 2022 issue of Shalom! entitled “Learning to be Good Neighbors” highlights how congregations around the U.S. have used MissionInsite tools to better understand and reach their communities.
Special Issues of SHALOM!
SHALOM! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation hosts conversations on a wide variety of issues relating to the Brethren in Christ, and they have dedicated several editions to specific elements of Project 250.
Reaffirming Our Brethren in Christ Identity | FALL 2023 – This edition of SHALOM! explores the Project 250 goal of “reaffirming our identity as a community of Christ-followers” by revisiting the development of the ten Brethren in Christ core values and how we practice them as individuals and congregations. Read the issue»
Learning to be Good Neighbors | FALL 2022 – Jesus told us that the two most important commandments are to love God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Being a good neighbor is part of what Brethren in Christ U.S. is seeking to address in the fifth goal of the Project 250 initiative. Read the issue»
News & Stories
From announcements and historical examinations to Q&As and narratives, we are covering all the latest from Project 250.