Purpose Statement

Mennonite Church USA Convention

Purpose Statement
The purpose of the biennial Mennonite Church USA Convention is to empower the church to achieve its vision, purpose and mission.

 

Key Objectives

  1. To gather representatives of the whole church for worship, fellowship, learning, discernment, and decision making
  2. To build Mennonite Church USA vision, identity and capacity to join God’s mission in the world
  3. To worship Jesus as the center of our faith; to embody community as the center of our lives; to embrace reconciliation as the center of our work
  4. To share the Biblical story through an Anabaptist lens
  5. To provide resources to help all participants carry out God’s mission
  6. To serve as a witness to the host community
  7. To create an opportunity for all parts of Mennonite Church USA to gather regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status

Key Components

The adult gathering & Delegate Assembly will:

  1. Encourage congregations to call, empower and bless their delegates to participate in the church-wide process of discernment and ministry
  2. Provide a forum for the members of Mennonite Church USA to hear from and give counsel to Mennonite Church USA agencies and ministries.
  3. Create an environment for the delegate assembly to function effectively and efficiently on behalf of the church
  4. Welcome and interact with representatives of sister churches
  5. Provide opportunities for discipleship and spiritual growth by nurturing a strong Mennonite identity through an understanding of what it means to live out our faith as Mennonite Anabaptists

The junior youth and youth gatherings will:

  1. Invite youth to make and strengthen their commitments to Christ
  2. Nurture a strong Mennonite identity through an understanding of what it means to live out our faith as Mennonite Anabaptists

Young adult gatherings will:

  1. Provide opportunities for young adults to gather together and resource one another
  2. Provide opportunities for Mennonite Church USA leaders to learn from and hear the voices of young adults that will help the church in its mission.
  3. Provide opportunities for young adults to learn about the ministry opportunities and governance structures in Mennonite Church USA

The children’s gathering will:

Foster safe and age-appropriate activities that encourage spiritual and relational growth while allowing their parents to fully engage in the Mennonite Church USA convention

 

Updated 12.16.2014 (previous versions obsolete)