The Mennonite Church USA convention is a biennial gathering of thousands from Mennonite Church USA. The purpose of convention is to gather Mennonite Church USA for community, worship and faith formation.
Convention has something for everyone from infants to retirees. Many families make convention part of their summer vacation. Basic child care is provided for infants and toddlers. Children will experience age-appropriate learning and activities. Jr youth and youth will be encouraged and challenged in their faith walk. Adults will be inspired and equipped to carry out ministry in their local context.
Convention is an excellent chance to immerse youth in a week of faith formation to both enrich and strengthen their faith. Studies show that youth get less faith formation at home than in the past. Many youth point to convention as a cornerstone in their faith development. Over the years, youth have offered feedback that they were challenges or nurtured by something a speaker said during worship or a seminar. Many say that convention brings them to a realization that they are part of a much larger body of believers and learn from each other.
Convention provides an opportunity to fellowship with new and old friends from across the denomination. Worship will inspire and enrich each person’s faith journey. Seminars provide equipping on a variety of topics. The exhibit hall showcases the ministries of Mennonite Church USA program agencies as well as other ministry organizations.
Adults can attend convention in a variety of roles as youth sponsors, delegates, agency representatives or general attendees.