Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
The Mennonite Church
The creation of the Mennonite Church is credited to Menno Simons, a Dutch priest and subsequent leading pioneer of the anabaptist movement in Europe in the early 16th century. Specifically, the Anabaptist group that was given the name, “Mennonites”, by their critics was formed on January 21st, 1525. Largely because of the Anabaptist belief in re-baptism, or adult baptism, the adherents to this practice were labeled heretics and endured vicious persecution for over a century. King Ferdinand I, in fact, appointed a commission to mobilize groups to “hunt” Anabaptists, known as “Täuferjäger”. The faith grew rapidly regardless, and along with the Hutterite and Amish, Mennonite communities can be found in nearly every state in America, as well as Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe. Mennonites believe that Jesus is the Son of God and in eternal salvation in Heaven. Core practices are avoidance of secular activity such as military service and holding public office, Christ-centered missionary work, and baptism solely to followers of Christ and those who practice His teachings. The seven priorities of the Mennonite Church, as listed on www.mennoniteusa.org, are Christian formation, community and witness, stewardship, leadership development, intercultural transformation, and inter-church relationships.