All for Christ

All for Christ tells the story of the United Brethren Church from 1981-2017 (Trials and Triumphs stopped at 1981). However, the two volumes frequently dip into the past — sometimes all the way back to the beginning — to put things in context. You’ll read about influential leaders, new churches, missionaries, major issues which have confronted the church, outreach to new countries, and controversies along the way.

Volume 1 takes the reader from 1981-1997. Volume 2 goes from 1997-2017. The year 2017 marked the denomination’s 250th anniversary.

The author is Steve Dennie, the United Brethren Communications Director. He has worked at the UB National Office since 1978, and has been a lifelong UB member.

All for Christ, Volume 1

All for Christ, Volume 1 starts with the 1981 General Conference, during which a number of major leadership changes occurred, and during which ideas were set in motion which would be adopted in the years ahead. Several chapters focus on initiatives to merge with other denominations, and on efforts to implement new organizational structures.

Mission fields get a lot of attention. Individual chapters tell the stories of United Brethren work in Nicaragua, Honduras, India, Macau, and Hong Kong. Several chapters are about Sierra Leone–the nationalization process which occurred in 1985, the rebel war of the 1990s, crises which have occurred there involving missionaries, and a run-down of missionaries who served in Sierra Leone from 1981-1994.

The United Brethren church gave considerable attention to starting churches among Hispanic, Chinese, and Jamaican immigrants. Numerous other churches were started, or attempted. All of those stories are told. The denomination went through a division in 1889, led by Milton Wright, father of the Wright Brothers. That story is told, along with our changing views on abortion, war and peace, stationing ministers, and other issues.

All for Christ, Volume 2

All for Christ, Volume 2 picks up from 1997. It reviews the major international expansion which occurred during the 1990s, as United Brethren churches arose in another nine countries. Individual chapters tell the stories of United Brethren work in Jamaica and Thailand, and other chapters explore further developments in Sierra Leone, Macau, India, and other countries.

During the 2001-2005 period, the United Brethren church embarked on a major initiative to combine into a like-minded denomination, the Missionary Church. Several chapters tell about that turbulent period. Other chapters illuminate debates over the years regarding higher education, alcohol, and women in ministry (the United Brethren have been generally progressive in this area).

In 2005, the United Brethren church basically blew up the structure it had used since 1800–a system of regional conferences–and went to something entirely different. There were enormous ramifications. The chapters from 2005 on show how the church picked up the pieces and put new systems in place.

The epilogue, written on the occasion of the 250th anniversary, goes back to 1767 to tell the story of how the Church of the United Brethren in Christ began–its early leaders, major meetings, westward expansion, and other glimpses of those early years.

All for Christ, Volume 1

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All for Christ, Volume 1

Section 1: 1981-1985
1. 1981 General Conference
2. The Great Commitment
3. Garden Village
4. Pursuing Merger
5. Nationalization in Sierra Leone
6. John Maxwell and GRADE
7. Nicaragua
8. The Structure Debates
9. George Fleming and Duane Reahm

Section 2: 1985-1989
10. 1985 General Conference
11. Fulltime Superintendents
12. The Itinerant System
13. Hispanic Ministry
14. Honduras
15. The Birmingham Project
16. Macau
17. Church Planting During the 1980s
18. This and That from the 1980s
19. The Slow Fade

Section 3: 1989-1993
20. The Reluctant Centennial
21. 1989 General Conference
22. Cochranton Community Church
23. India and the Prabhakars
24. Guests of Saddam Hussein
25. Perils in Sierra Leone
26. War Comes to Sierra Leone
27. Publishing
28. Canada and the Structure

Section 4: 1993-1997
29. 1993 General Conference
30. New Bishop, New Team
31. Hong Kong
32. Chinese in North America
33. Latin American Ministries
34. Church Services
35. Emmanuel Community Church
36. Sierra Leone in the 1990s
37. Missionaries in Sierra Leone
38. Remembering Jerry Datema

All for Christ, Volume 2

Section 1: 1997-2001
1. 1997 General Conference
2. 1990s: Anglo Church Planting
3. Ethnic Ministry in the 1990s
4. Macau in the 1990s
5. International Expansion
6. Missions in the 1990s
7. This and That from the 1990s
8. An International Structure
9. Kyle McQuillen
10. Women in UB Missions
11. Remembering Clyde W. Meadows
12. Remembering E. DeWitt Baker

Section 2: 2001-2005
13. 2001 General Conference
14. Paul Hirschy and Gary Dilley
15. Women in Ministry
16. Jamaica
17. Open Theism and Inclusivism
18. Joining the Missionary Church
19. The Joining Debate
20. Missions and the College
21. The Church Decides

Section 3: 2005-2009
22. 2005 US National Conference
23. New Century, New Countries
24. The Alcohol Debates
25. Picking Up the Pieces
26. Sierra Leone in the 2000s
27. Medical Work in Sierra Leone
28. Taipa
29. 2007 US National Conference
30. Endorsed Missionaries

Section 4: 2009-2013
31. 2009 US National Conference
32. India: a Lasting Legacy
33. Laurel Mission
34. Higher Education
35. Ministerial Education
36. Thailand
37. Church Planting in the 2000s

Section 5: 2013-2017
38. 2013 US National Conference
39. Crisis in the Bishopric
40. 2015 US National Conference
41. Missions in the 2000s
42. This and That from the 2000s
43. Remembering Three Bishops

Celebrating 250 Years

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