We highly value our denominational ties. Here are some of the denominational agencies that enable us to be involved in the “work of the Kingdom.”
Mennonite Church of Normal belongs to two regional conferences: Illinois Mennonite Conference (IMC) and Central District Conference (CDC). Our pastors participate in a regional cluster of Mennonite pastors.
Central District Conference Illinois Mennonite Conference
1015 Division St 214 S. Sampson
Goshen, IN, 46528 Tremont, IL, 61568
800-662-2264 Toll Free 309-925-2111 Office Land Line
574-534-1485 Office Phone 877-922-2111 Toll Free
574-534-8654 Fax 309-925-5612 Fax
Lois Johns Kaufmann Chuck Neufeld
Conference Minister Executive Conference Minister
Emma Hartman Holly Mason
Administrator Administrative Coordinator
Mennonite Church USA is an Anabaptist Christian denomination with more than 109,000 members in 44 states. A total of 21 area conferences serve as regional offices or districts for our 939 congregations. Together all parts of MCUSA strive to bring Christ’s healing and hope to others by identifying and joining God’s work in the world. MCUSA was the result of the formal merger in 1999 of the two former primary North American Mennonite denominations: the General Conference (GC) Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church (MC or “Old” Mennonites).
The Vision Statement of Mennonite Church USA: 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 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.
Mennonites are known for their peace stand, taken because they believe Jesus Christ taught the way of peace. Many members choose not to participate in military service. Some take their belief further by objecting to government military expenditure; a few choose not to pay the percentage of their annual income tax that would go for military purposes.
Mennonites are also known for their strong commitment to community; interest in social issues; voluntary service to those who have experienced hardship and loss in floods, tornadoes and other disasters; and mission outreach.
MENNONITE WORLD CONFERENCE
Mennonite World Conference (MWC) is a global community of Christian churches rooted in the 16th-century Radical Reformation in Europe, particularly in the Anabaptist movement. Today, more than 1,600,000 believers belong to this faith family; more than 60 percent are African, Asian, or Latin American.
MWC represents 99 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 56 countries on six continents.
Mennonite World Conference is called to be a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.
MWC exists to (1) be a global community of faith in the Anabaptist-tradition, (2) facilitate relationships between Anabaptist-related churches worldwide, and (3) relate to other Christian world communions and organizations.