What We Believe

Vision for healing and hope

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.

That’s where it starts: the individual follower of Jesus Christ. Mennonite Church USA wouldn’t exist without the individual people who have responded and are responding to God’s call. Local congregations and conferences provide support, resources and connections to larger ministries to empower individuals to join in God’s work in ways they could not do alone. Mennonite Church USA is part of Mennonite World Conference, a global community of 1.6 million believers representing 100 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 57 countries on six continents. For a list of Mennonite Church USA confessions and resolutions, check out our resource center. 


Our seven priorities

We have adopted seven priorities to guide our ministry across all parts of the church.

Christian formation
This priority reflects the centrality of Jesus Christ in the church. Missional Mennonite congregations call people to Christian commitment, disciple them in the way of Christ, teach them to embrace the Scriptures, help them develop Christian identity from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective and cultivate their vocational calling.

Christian community
This priority reflects the communal, organic nature of the body of Christ. Missional congregations worship together, extend hospitality, practice scriptural discernment, cultivate Christ-centered unity and learn to agree and disagree in love.

Holistic Christian witness
This priority reflects the winsome nature of the church’s witness. Missional churches share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed, birthing new communities of faith. They reflect God’s coming reign by striving for peace and justice.

This priority reflects our commitment to surrender all that we have for the sake of God’s reign. Missional churches cultivate whole-life stewardship, care for creation and practice mutual aid.

Leadership development
This priority reflects our commitment to develop leaders at all levels of the church. Missional churches help all of their members reach their potential as they follow God’s call.

Undoing racism and advancing
intercultural transformation.
This priority reflects our intent to dismantle individual and systemic racism in our church, develop intercultural competence, heal racial divisions and value all the gifts of God’s diverse people.

Church-to-church relationships
This priority reflects our desire to give and receive gifts in the broader body of Christ, working toward Christian unity as a witness to the world. We cultivate a particularly close relationship with Mennonite Church Canada since we share a common history, confession of faith, and ministerial polity and many joint ministry ventures.