Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

1420 Kerrway Court
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
United States

Attesting Officer
E. Nathan Zimmerman
Administrative Director


Media Contact
Sloane Paris

41.0889329, -85.1081556


The Evangelical Mennonite Church is an American denomination in the European free church tradition, tracing its heritage to the Reformation period of the 16th century. The Swiss Brethren of that time believed that salvation could come only by repentance for sins and faith in Jesus Christ; that baptism was only for believers; and that the church should be separate from controls of the state. Their enemies called them Anabaptists, since they insisted on rebaptizing believers who had been baptized as infants. As the Anabaptist movement spread to other countries, Menno Simons became its principal leader. In time his followers were called Mennonites.
In 1693 a Mennonite minister, Jacob Amman, insisted that the church should adopt a more conservative position on dress and style of living and should more rigidly enforce the "ban" - the church's method of disciplining disobedient members. Amman's insistence finally resulted in a division within the South German Mennonite groups; his followers became known as the Amish.
Migrations to America, involving both Mennonites and Amish, took place in the 1700s and 1800s, for both religious and economic reasons.
The Evangelical Mennonite Church was formed in 1866 out of a spiritual awakening among the Amish in Indiana. It was first known as the Egly Amish, after its founder Bishop Henry Egly. Bishop Egly emphasized regeneration, separation and nonconformity to the world. His willingness to rebaptize anyone who had been baptized without repentance created a split in his church, prompting him to gather a new congregation in 1866. The conference, which has met annually since 1895, united a number of other congregations of like mind. This group became The Defenseless Mennonite Church in 1898 and has been known as the Evangelical Mennonite Church since 1948. At the 2003 convention the delegates voted to change the name to Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
7,754
0
0
7,754
46
2009
7,137
14,078
0
7,137
45
2008
6,933
14,078
0
6,933
44
2007
6,621
14,078
0
6,621
42
2006
14,078
0
0
14,078
42
2005
13,179
0
0
13,179
41
2003
13,043
0
0
13,043
37
2001
11,604
0
0
11,604
36
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
106
24
55
185
2009
104
21
56
181
2008
100
24
55
179
2007
112
25
51
188
2006
100
24
48
172
2005
94
25
47
166
2003
103
0
0
178
2001
30
16
20
66
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
46
0
4,343
4,343
2009
45
0
4,854
4,854
2008
44
0
4,892
4,892
2007
42
0
4,674
4,674
2006
42
0
4,674
4,674
2005
41
0
5,006
5,006
2003
37
0
0
4,898
2001
36
0
4,911
4,911
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$1,831,350
$24,607,538
$22,776,188
2009
$1,871,850
$24,323,500
$22,451,650
2008
$1,741,233
$24,446,883
$22,705,650
2007
$1,862,352
$21,809,098
$19,946,746
2006
$1,862,352
$21,771,519
$19,909,167
2005
$1,751,220
$20,178,052
$18,426,832
2003
$1,892,484
$18,418,273
$16,525,789
2001
$1,943,904
$14,213,020
$12,269,116