A failed relationship

Jul 21, 2014 by

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It seems the Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church decided to live together without getting married. They never tried to resolve their different organizational visions. The Mennonite Church had a top-down, bishop-led conference system; the General Conference was congregational. The living arrangement worked until we came to the issue of homosexuality. The different ways of resolving issues collided, and the relationship is unworkable. Marriage seems inadvisable, if not impossible. Perhaps we need to let area conferences be responsible for themselves. They will not be accountable to or responsible for each other. Each is free to decide and govern as it sees fit under the guidance of the Spirit. This is not according to the original vision, nor is it the ideal. But it may be the best we can do presently.

Don Nofziger
Milford, Ind.


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  • Jacob Landis

    I agree that your solution would not be ideal, but it does keep the church together, at least loosely, in a way that a split never would. It would also be nice for the churches that have not dealt with the homosexual issue directly because they could continue with their membership instead of trying to figure out which side to join, potentially causing internal conflict and unnecessary member loss. Contrary to what some may believe, not every church has taken a side on the issue, and forcing it on them by calling for a split would be a cruel way to start the conversation in those conversation.

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