The congregation began with the assistance of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, and was a member of that conference until 1984. Since there were no other Conservative Conference churches in Lancaster County at the time, the church decided to join the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church.
Although informal Bible studies were always a part of church life, a structured system of home groups was established in 1986. In 1991 a second Sunday morning service was added. A second building addition was completed in 1995. In the winter of 1996 a church was planted in nearby Quarryville, and in 1999 a second church was planted at Andrews Bridge. A new entity was then developed, called Bart Ministries, which became the governing body, administratively and financially for Bart Mennonite, Quarryville Community Fellowship, and Andrews Bridge. In 2001 these all became independent congregations, and Bart Ministries ceased.
In the spring of 2002 after much discussion and prayer, Bart Mennonite approved the decision to withdraw from the newly formed Mennonite Church USA and from the Atlantic Coast Conference. As a result of unrest from that decision as well as the 2001 program and structural decisions, the leadership (all of the Elders and Pastors) resigned from Bart Mennonite and planted a new church known at the The Church at Timberline. Those members remaining at Bart Mennonite Church became charter members of the Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations, a group of like-minded congregations who chose not to join Mennonite Church USA.
"History." The Church at Timberline. Accessed 9 July 2007. <http://www.churchattimberline.com/history.htm>
Address: 742 Vintage Road, Christiana, Pennsylvania 17509
Website: Bart Mennonite Church
Denominational Affiliation: Alliance of Mennonite Evangelical Congregations [AMEC]
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Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. "Bart Mennonite Church (Christiana, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 2007. Web. 25 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bart_Mennonite_Church_(Christiana,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=90992.
Gingerich, Melvin and Sam Steiner. (2007). Bart Mennonite Church (Christiana, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Bart_Mennonite_Church_(Christiana,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=90992.
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