Mennonite Brethren draw churches seeking a new home

Sep 5, 2017 by and

North Central Mennonite Conference voted to dissolve at its annual assembly in Exeland, Wis., but that doesn’t necessarily mean its congregations are going their separate ways. Most of the former Mennonite...

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Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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Showalter: What makes a convert?

Aug 14, 2017 by

Why do evangelicals become Anabaptists? Why do Anabaptists become Orthodox or Catholic? Why do Orthodox or Catholics become evangelicals? Why do young people leave “the church,” of whatever variety? What...

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Another conference offers less connection

Aug 7, 2017 by and

In response to one of its member congregations voting to leave Mennonite Church USA in the spring of 2016, South Central Mennonite Conference delegates have updated conference bylaws allowing a congregation...

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Two pairs of conferences eye closer relationships

Jul 24, 2017 by and

As current and former Mennonite Church USA conferences deal with shifting congregational alignment, two pairs of conferences are looking at closer relationships. Franklin Mennonite Conference is considering a...

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My denomination continues to swing left

Jul 19, 2017 by

We delegates at the 2017 Mennonite Church USA Convention in Orlando met for an initial four-hour session and then a concluding one-hour session. In between those sessions, a number of non-delegates joined us...

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Distance no obstacle for Central District’s growth

Jun 26, 2017 by and

Central District Conference’s geographical range may continue to expand as congregations prioritize polity over geography in realignment. Three congregations seeking to transfer from other Mennonite Church...

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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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Southeast Conference raises possibility of leaving MC USA

Apr 10, 2017 by and

Southeast Mennonite Conference might leave Mennonite Church USA if the denomination continues extending forbearance indefinitely to members at variance with its teaching on same-sex marriage. At its spring...

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Two good names

Mar 13, 2017 by

There are good reasons why Mennonite World Conference might want to change its name. Globally, “Anabaptist” resonates more widely than “Mennonite” to identify the peaceful, believer-baptizing...

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Conference shrinks when members don’t recommit

Feb 20, 2017 by and

Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference parted ways with nearly a quarter of its congregations at its annual meeting Feb. 11 in Pasa­dena, Calif. A restructuring process that began a year and a half ago led to...

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2016 in review: What works for denominations now?

Dec 19, 2016 by and

With Christian denominations generally declining in North America, Mennonites are looking for new ways of being the church together. Shrinking or refocusing national offices while building up regional and...

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Evangelicals and the U.S. election

Nov 21, 2016 by

One thing about the recent U.S. presidential election: Nobody can say religion didn’t matter. By now the story is very familiar; 81 percent of white evangelical voters supported President-elect Donald...

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Year after withdrawal, Lancaster Conference gains, loses

Nov 15, 2016 by and

Since Lancaster Mennonite Conference’s decision in November 2015 to withdraw from Mennonite Church USA by the end of 2017, it has received several congregations formerly with MC USA conferences. Moderator...

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Different assignments

Jul 18, 2016 by

In the offices of Mennonite Church USA in Elkhart, Ind., there is an artwork of pieces of pottery arranged on a flat surface. On its own, not one of these pieces is extraordinarily remarkable, but standing...

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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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Opinion: Faith-inspired, culture-bound

Jul 4, 2016 by

We Mennonites often worry about compromises we make with secular culture. But just as often we are unaware of, or choose to ignore, the compromises we make by adhering to our religious cultures. Openness to...

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Try something different

Jul 4, 2016 by

Perhaps those who are trying to change the Mennonite church to conform to their idea of how church should be should try something different. How about starting new churches for those affirming of the...

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South Central Conference offers short-term home

Jul 4, 2016 by and

South Central Mennonite Conference has more than 30 congregations or church plants in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas and even Mexico. So why would a congregation from northern Indiana want to be...

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Not coming, not leaving

May 12, 2014 by

What’s the largest religious group in Canada? Christianity. What’s the second largest? None. According to the Canadian government’s National Household Survey, almost a quarter of the population, or about...

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