Mennonite Church USA

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Denominational Profile

History

 

Mennonite Church USA

continuedMennonite Church USA

   

split into  Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (1859)
Old Order (Wisler) Mennonite Church (1870)
Reformed Mennonite Church (1812)

The Mennonite Church grew out of the 16th century Swiss Brethren and was named for Menno Simons, one of their Dutch leaders. It is the largest and oldest of the Mennonite bodies in North America. Many other U.S. Mennonite groups derive from it. Organization within the church was slow since each congregation tended to be autonomous.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 524 364 36,639
1929 516 357 41,410
1935 552 388 47,253
1937 - 388 48,272
1940 - 495 51,304
1942 - 445 51,879
1944 - 500 51,813
1946 - - 52,596
1947 - 425 53,338
1950 1,329 438 56,480
1951 - 557 58,330
1952 1,246 477 61,811
1953 - 498 63,016
1954 1,257 508 63,998
1955 1,515 440 70,283
1956 1,487 468 70,513
1957 1,493 840 71,186
1958 1,550 858 71,365
1959 1,635 853 72,138
1960 1,644 869 73,125
1961 1,695 878 74,321
1962 1,801 974 75,949
1963 - 911 77,285
1964 1,690 934 78,681
1965 1,722 963 80,087
1966 1,754 947 81,248
1967 1,853 990 83,627
1968 1,769 1,023 85,682
1969 1,895 1,260 85,343
1970 2,335 1,181 88,522
1971 2,335 1,041 88,947
1972 2,207 1,036 89,505
1973 2,446 1,054 90,967
1974 2,370 1,063 92,390
1975 2,485 1,059 94,209
1976 2,441 1,059 96,092
1977 2,578 1,074 96,609
1978 2,393 1,081 97,142
1979 2,596 1,107 98,027
1980 2,509 1,140 99,511
1981 2,523 1,151 99,651
1982 2,400 1,179 101,501
1983 2,957 1,201 110,294
1985 2,399 989 91,167
1987 2,553 1,007 92,902
1988 2,469 1,023 92,682
1989 2,545 1,034 92,517
1990 2,545 1,034 92,517
1992 2,784 1,056 99,446
1993 2,662 1,058 95,634
1994 2,468 1,099 95,591
1995 2,464 986 90,812
1996 2,817 1,004 90,959
1998 2,688 926 92,161
1999 2,967 935 92,002
2000 - 1,063 120,381
2002 2,585 959 111,375
2005 2,561 913 109,315
2006 1,984 935 109,174
2008 1,879 - 106,172
2009 2,831 920 104,684

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]