We value the roots and security of deep relationships. Following the example of Jesus whose empathy with humankind led him to assume flesh, we choose to be present and active in each other’s daily lives. “Church” begins with relational communities as we pursue the way of Jesus together.


We move toward peace, rhythm, mystery, and presence by welcoming friends and strangers. Following the example of the early Anabaptists and Methodists, we invite all people into relational communities committed to listening to each other, healing the wounded, empowering the disempowered, and nurturing all to participate fully in God’s redemptive work.


We are weary of the transience and fragmentation of contemporary life. Following the example of the historic Church, we celebrate the rhythms of the church calendar, remember the words and practices of saints from other times and places, and work together to build new rhythms that embody good news for a broken world.


We seek peace in a world torn by conflict and violence. Following the ethics of the Sermon on the Mount, we pursue spiritual integrity for ourselves and our families, reconciliation for our relationships and our communities, and justice for our world.


We humbly acknowledge our limitations as human beings. In the tradition of the Desert Mothers and Fathers, we embrace the mystery of God by opening space for prayer, contemplation, lament, and doubt. We practice simple living, celebrate the sacraments of Eucharist and baptism, and encourage pursuit of the arts.


Plowshares is a member of the Brethren in Christ family. A full statement of faith can be found here, but below is our basic tenets as shared by the BIC US.

What We Believe

Jesus Christ is the foundation of our values and beliefs.

A diverse family, we believe it’s important to wrestle with the Bible together. Like all families, we interpret the world through a particular lens. For us, that lens is the person, teaching, and work of Jesus Christ.

Centered on Christ’s example and grounded in our history, our values and beliefs prompt us to extend the Kingdom of God in our communities and world.


Brethren in Christ US Annual Report

“During 2018 the Brethren in Christ U.S. continued the ministry and proclaimed the message of reconciliation. The 2018 Annual Report cannot possibly highlight all the ministry fulfilled through congregations across the country and missions around the world. However, the report does highlight aspects of our story during the last 12 months.”

Alan Robinson, National Director, BIC US

Read Full Report here.

Core Values

Shaping our identity and moving us to action, our ten Core Values reflect Christ’s call in our lives. Learn more

Articles of Faith and Doctrine

Summarizing our theological beliefs, the Articles of Faith and Doctrine share our biblical understanding of God and his work in the world. Learn more


Influenced by our theological traditions, the BIC U.S. position documents express our views on select theological topics. Learn more