Our Beliefs

About Mennonites

The Mennonite (Anabaptist) faith movement began in Europe in the 16th Century when a small group of believers challenged the reforms of Martin Luther and others during the Protestant Reformation, saying they were not radical enough and calling for adult rather than infant baptism. In 1525, several members set themselves apart from the official church by publicly declaring their faith in Jesus Christ and re-baptizing each other.

Mennonite Church USA is one of nearly 20 formally organized groups of Mennonites in North America that vary in lifestyle and religious practice but all stem from the Anabaptist movement. Though their streams of faith may differ, Mennonite groups hold common beliefs:

  • Jesus Christ is central to worship and to everyday living.
  • Behavior is to follow Christ’s example.
  • The Bible is considered the inspired word of God.
  • Membership continues to be voluntary, with adult baptism upon declaration of faith.
  • God calls us to be followers of Jesus Christ and, by the power of the Holy  Spirit, to grow as communities of grace, joy and peace, so that God’s healing and hope flow through us to the world.

Mennonites are often known for their strong commitment to care for one another; interest in social issues; voluntary service to those who have experienced hardship or disaster; and missional outreach

For more detailed information, please refer to our Confession of Faith.”