Mennonite Church USA

Mennonite Church USA

718 Main St.
Newton, KS 67114
United States

Attesting Officer
Shelley Buller
Executive Assistant


Media Contact
Janie Beck Kreider

38.0506371, -97.3446731


Mennonite Church USA, with 70,000 members, is one of several denominations that traces their beginnings to the Protestant Reformation in the early 1500s. Mennonites hold common core beliefs with other Christian denominations, but they live out God's call in some ways that make them distinct. Mennonites believe in giving ultimate loyalty to God rather than to the nations in which they live. They believe that Jesus revealed a way for people to live peacefully and nonviolently, and they seek to be peacemakers in everyday life.
Mennonite church USA is committed to sharing its faith and passion for Jesus with others and is open to anyone who confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and wants to live as Jesus taught.
The vision statement of Mennonite Church USA reads, "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." Mennonite Church USA -- its congregations, area conferences, Executive Board, ministry offices and churchwide agencies -- focus on seven priorities as it seeks to nurture missional congregations that join in God's activity in the world:
1. Christian formation. This priority reflects the centrality of Jesus Christ in the church. Missional Mennonite congregations call people to Christian commitment, disciple them in the way of Christ, teach them to embrace the Scriptures, help them develop Christian identity from an Anabaptist/Mennonite perspective, and cultivate their vocational calling.
2. Christian community. This priority reflects the communal, organic nature of the body of Christ. Missional congregations worship together, extend hospitality, practice scriptural discernment, cultivate Christ-centered unity, and learn to agree and disagree in love.
3. Holistic Christian witness. This priority reflects the winsome nature of the church’s witness. Missional churches share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed, birthing new communities of faith. They reflect God’s coming reign by striving for peace and justice.
4. Stewardship. This priority reflects our commitment to surrender all that we have for the sake of God’s reign. Missional churches cultivate whole-life stewardship, care for creation, and practice mutual aid.
5. Leadership development. This priority reflects our commitment to develop leaders at all levels of the church. Missional churches help all of their members reach their potential as they follow God’s call.
6. Undoing racism and advancing intercultural transformation. This priority reflects our intent to dismantle individual and systemic racism in our church, develop intercultural competence, heal racial divisions, and value all the gifts of God’s diverse people.
7. Church-to-church relationships. This priority reflects our desire to give and receive gifts in the broader body of Christ, working toward Christian unity as a witness to the world. We cultivate a particularly close relationship with Mennonite Church Canada since we share a common history, confession of faith, and ministerial polity, and many joint ministry ventures.
Mennonite Church USA lists as its strengths a high level of integrity recognized in both society and the religious community; high church attendance (90% of members attend church regularly); expanded global awareness through exposure to other world cultures; strong commitment to nonviolence and use of conflict resolution skills; above average giving to the work of the church; a natural communitarian impulse demonstrated by an emphasis on congregational relationships and mutual accountabilities; strong support of volunteer efforts, relief and service activities; and a holistic theology that holds word and deed together.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
1974
92,390
0
0
92,390
1,063
1973
90,967
0
0
90,967
1,054
1972
89,505
0
0
89,505
1,036
1971
88,947
0
0
88,947
1,041
1970
88,522
0
0
88,522
1,181
1969
85,343
0
0
85,343
1,260
1968
85,682
0
0
85,682
1,023
1967
83,627
0
0
83,627
990
1966
81,248
0
0
81,248
947
1965
0
0
0
80,087
963
1964
0
0
0
78,681
934
1963
0
0
0
77,285
911
1962
0
0
0
75,949
974
1961
0
0
0
74,321
878
1960
0
0
0
73,125
869
1959
0
0
0
72,138
853
1958
0
0
0
71,365
858
1957
0
0
0
71,186
840
1956
0
0
0
70,513
468
1955
0
0
0
70,283
440
1954
0
0
0
63,998
508
1953
0
0
0
63,016
498
1952
0
0
0
61,811
477
1951
0
0
0
58,330
557
1950
53,000
0
3,480
56,480
438
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
1974
1,837
0
0
2,370
1973
1,945
0
0
2,446
1972
1,840
0
0
2,207
1971
2,090
0
0
2,335
1970
2,090
0
0
2,335
1969
1,680
0
0
1,895
1968
1,568
0
0
1,769
1967
1,527
0
0
1,853
1966
1,397
0
0
1,754
1965
1,300
0
0
1,722
1964
1,300
0
0
1,690
1963
1,187
0
0
1,801
1962
1,100
0
0
1,801
1961
1,121
0
0
1,695
1960
1,129
0
0
1,644
1959
1,121
0
0
1,635
1958
1,073
0
0
1,550
1957
1,139
0
0
1,493
1956
1,129
0
0
1,487
1955
1,073
0
0
1,515
1954
775
0
0
1,257
1953
758
0
0
1,246
1952
813
0
0
1,246
1951
557
0
0
1,329
1950
0
0
1,035
1,035
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
1964
871
10,149
116,115
126,264
1963
868
10,173
105,402
115,575
1962
856
10,173
173,878
184,051
1961
837
10,132
114,967
125,099
1960
803
9,441
109,154
118,595
1959
759
9,093
107,549
116,642
1958
732
8,928
103,962
112,890
1957
737
8,836
102,881
111,717
1956
685
8,439
95,162
103,601
1955
674
11,575
93,578
105,153
1954
622
11,188
80,722
91,910
1953
593
6,942
78,045
84,987
1952
575
6,942
82,428
89,370
1950
515
9,494
72,725
82,219
1923
375
0
56,225
56,225
1922
375
0
56,225
56,225
1921
550
0
56,000
56,000
1919
289
0
4,226
4,226
1916
289
4,130
37,096
41,226
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1971
$7,035,750
$15,207,066
$8,171,316
1969
$6,038,730
$13,436,912
$7,398,182
1968
$5,576,305
$12,663,469
$7,087,164
1956
$1,950,077
$3,430,271
$1,480,194
1955
$1,950,077
$3,430,271
$1,480,194
1954
$1,950,077
$3,430,271
$1,480,194
1953
$1,950,077
$3,430,271
$1,480,194
1952
$1,866,821
$3,196,761
$1,329,940
1951
$2,463,113
$3,463,113
$1,000,000
1950
$0
$6,797,039
$0
1923
$0
$110,607
$0
1922
$0
$504,180
$0
1921
$0
$504,947
$0
1917
$0
$156,069
$0