How are churches discipling their members?


How are churches discipling their members?

Mennonites are among those being surveyed by Protestant group

By Steve Shenk

HARRISONBURG, Va., and WATERLOO, Ont.—Mennonite congregations are being invited to respond to a survey that will arrive in mailboxes soon. The survey is a broad curriculum survey being conducted by the Protestant Church-owned Publishers Association.

MennoMedia, an agency of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, is a member of the Protestant association.

The survey seeks to explore an underlying issue in congregations today—that is, how to work effectively at growing disciples in today’s culture. The publishers are interested in learning what new strategies and programs local churches are using to disciple their members of all ages, and what resources they are looking for to support these programs.

The survey sample will include every congregation within Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Larger denominations are providing random samplings of 1,265 congregations.

The publishers group is an association of about three dozen publishing houses that vary greatly in size and theology. About 15 of the member publishers are participating in the survey, for a combined survey group of about 19,000 congregations.

The curriculum survey is being conducted by LifeWay Research, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Respondents will be able to fill out the survey on paper or online.


For more information, contact Steve Shenk, director of marketing and sales, at or 540 908-2592.