The ninth biennial conference is on the theme of Ordinances and Elements in Brethren life

Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon

2–4 July 2019 


Call for papers

The Brethren recognised only two ordinances―baptism and the Lord’s supper. As deeply committed activists, there were, however, a wide range of other aspects that were important in their practice of the Christian life. There was conversion to Christ with which they held that every true Christian life began. There was the rich tradition of music and hymn singing in worship and evangelism, while evangelism itself―‘witnessing’―was given a central place in both assembly and individual lives. Marriage and the family also had central importance in practising the faith and transmitting it to the next generation. Then there was the life of holiness and how it might be cultivated through private Bible study and prayer and attendance at assembly gatherings and conferences. And there was an expectation that the assembly members had spiritual gifts that would be developed and used. All these elements (and more) of life in the Brethren movement are available for consideration at the conference.


Papers for presentation at breakout sessions should be 25 minutes long. More information is available from the conference convenor: Neil Dickson, 

Download Conference leaflet here.

Book online here.

International Brethren History Conferences


International Brethren History Conferences are open to all who are interested in the history of the movement. 


Previous conferences were held at

  • Maynooth University, Ireland, on the theme of 'The Brethren and the Church' on 3-5 July 2017.
  • Bishop Woodford House, Ely, on the theme of 'The Brethren and the Bible' on 6-8 July 2015 .
  • Pilgrim Hall, East Sussex, on the theme 'Brethren Thought in Historical Perspective', on 15-17 July 2013.
  • Lindors Country House, Gloucester, on the theme of 'Brethren and Mission' on 25-27 June, 2011.
  • Carberry Tower, Musselburgh (near Edinburgh), on the theme of 'Brethren Spirituality' on 9-11 July 2009. The papers from the conference and the previous one are now available as Cuture, Spirituality, and the Brethren.
  • Liverpool Hope University and was organized in conjunction with the Christian Brethren Archive. The subject was ‘Brethren, Culture and Society’. As part of the proceedings, Dr Ward Gasque of Canada gave a F F Bruce memorial lecture on the subject of ‘F F Bruce: an unhyphenated evangelical’. It was held on 5–7 July 2007.
  • Wiedenest Bible School, Germany, from 3-5 July 2005 on ‘Witnessing in Many Lands: the Theology and Practice of the Brethren Movement’. The papers from the conference are now available as Tim Grass (ed.), Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren.
  • Redcliffe College Gloucester in 10-12 July 2003 on "The growth of the Brethren movement: national and international experiences". The papers from the conference were published in Neil Dickson and Tim Grass (eds), The Growth of the Brethren Movement: National and International Experiences (Carlisle: Paternoster 2006).


For further information, contact Neil Dickson