History: An evolution from Amish

Sep 8, 2018 by

In the 21st century, “conservative” is wrapped in layers of often-ambiguous political, religious and cultural meanings. That’s a big reason why the Conservative Mennonite Conference this summer decided...

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Evangelical Anabaptist group leaders explore affinity

Aug 20, 2018 by and

About 40 leaders representing six evangelical Anabaptist groups gathered Aug. 6-8 for prayer and worship at Rosedale Bible College in Irwin, Ohio. The meeting was initiated by John Troyer of Goshen, Ind.,...

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Mysterious initials

Aug 13, 2018 by

There’s nothing sacred about the word “Mennonite.” Nor is it anything to be ashamed of. Somewhere between those extremes is a venerable religious identity with a rich history, many positive connotations...

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Conservative Conference rebrands with initials

Jul 30, 2018 by and

MONTGOMERY, Ind. — Conservative Mennonite Conference has rebranded — for now — as CMC. In a move similar to that of Lancaster Mennonite Conference earlier this year, CMC ministers voted unanimously July...

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Evangelical Anabaptism

May 21, 2018 by

What is “evangelical Anabaptist”? It’s a designation claimed in some form by Mennonite Brethren, Conservative Mennonite Conference, Evangelical Mennonite Conference and Evana Network — which takes its...

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Identity redefinition

Nov 6, 2017 by

Anabaptist denominations are having an identity crisis. Or at least an identity redefinition. This is happening in several ways: making or considering name changes; ending old affiliations, beginning new ones...

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Switch to ‘Rosedale Network’ narrowly fails

Aug 14, 2017 by and

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference is keeping its name for now, but leaders will continue to look at possibilities for change. CMC’s delegate body of 98 ministers needed a two-thirds majority...

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Discerning what is of God

Aug 14, 2017 by

The leadership of Conservative Mennonite Conference recently demonstrated boldness and humility in upholding their interpretation of Scripture while rejecting extrabiblical traditions that limit women’s...

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Conservative Conference women hear apology

Aug 7, 2017 by and

KIDRON, Ohio — Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders apologized for imposing “extrabiblical church traditions” on women during the denomination’s annual conference July 27-30 at Central Christian...

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Conservative Conference considers ‘Rosedale Network’

Jul 3, 2017 by and

In a move toward simplicity, a team of Conservative Mennonite Conference leaders has proposed a new name for the denomination: Rosedale Network. The Executive Board is asking CMC ministers for their response....

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Conservative Conference seeks clearer definition

May 8, 2017 by and

When people hear the word “conservative,” what do they think? It’s a question confronting Conservative Mennonite Conference as society becomes more polarized politically and denominations fracture and...

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Unified outlier

May 8, 2017 by

Every trend has exceptions. Even the decline of Christian denominations in North America. These venerable entities thrived during an era of trust in big institutions. Now, according to the most pessimistic...

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Evana broadens confessional choices at first convention

Jul 13, 2016 by and

UPLAND, Ind. — The Evana Network is growing and taking steps to welcome members from other Anabaptist denominations besides Mennonite Church USA. Evana’s first convention, ReGen 2016, drew 257 people —...

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Organizations respond to Ecuador earthquake

May 9, 2016 by

Local Mennonites and mission agencies responded after a powerful earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Ecuador April 16, followed by a second quake four days later. At least 570 people were killed, and more...

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The changing face of conservatism

Dec 22, 2014 by

Conservative Mennonite Conference is a body of 104 congregations with about 11,000 members. It was born in 1910 at Pigeon, Mich. Today its institutional center is at Rosedale, Ohio, where the church’s Bible...

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Conservative Conference history to be released

Jun 9, 2014 by and

ROSEDALE, Ohio — While writing the history of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, Nathan E. Yoder paid particular attention to the term “conservative.” Conversations across the Mennonite family, he...

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Biblical alliance

Apr 28, 2014 by

In 1997 a group of ministers from the Conservative Mennonite Conference formulated a resolution lamenting the conference’s “theological drift” from its “historic moorings.” “We believe that...

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‘Extreme giving’ normal for Michigan church

Mar 3, 2014 by and

Despite local economic hardship, Pigeon River Mennonite Church has cultivated a culture of “extreme giving” — a tradition that is in at least its fourth generation. The 200 members of Pigeon River...

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