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What initially attracted me to consider partnering with the CCMBC was pastors and leaders I was meeting. There was a sense that they were firstly followers of Jesus, were serious about Christian community, and seemed to practice accountability well at the leadership level.
What I didn’t know at the time was that Anabaptists had a history of putting Jesus at the center of their faith and practice, as well as a strong community hermeneutic.
I so appreciated the christocentric lens, the focus on living out the teachings of Jesus as a primary focus of Christian practice, and more.
We don’t say often, “we’re an Anabaptist church” or even an “evangelical church.” Without using the labels too much, I try my best to teach and live the values associated with Anabaptist evangelicalism rather than labelling them.
The world needs a gospel that is immersed in the life and teachings of Jesus.
pastor, Westside Gathering, Montreal
Millennials are looking more to being Christ followers than denominational affiliations. A new revival of an old way of trusting is taking root. Spirituality under the leadership of the Spirit is brewing. We do not know where the wind comes from or where it goes – but wind there is.
pastor, Thompson (Man.) Christian Centre Fellowship
Responses from social media
It speaks to the tension between the centripetal force of the alternative kingdom mentality of Mennonite Anabaptism and the centrifugal force of the expansionist mentality of North American Evangelicalism. A difficult tension to manage. One that we haven’t always gotten right.
To me it reflects a general history that when the MBs (steeped in Anabaptist history and Wuest’s Lutheran Pietism convictions) came over to North America, the closest connection to LP was the evangelical’s quadrilateral of Bible/cross/conversion/activism. Beyond that: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
It has almost become a meaningless term. So many definitions…. hard to summarize when not in a face to face conversation. Evangelical Anabaptist might communicate accurately my perspective of MBs. It could also mean very different things to the hearer. Both terms include growing diversity and connotation.
I would need to discuss the person and work of Jesus, scripture and hermeneutics, and salvation, sanctification and transformation.
A brief summary would be MBs seek to live yielded to God who has revealed himself in the written and living Word.