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From 1927 to 1967 Mennonite churches in the Southeastern United States belonged to the Indiana-Michigan, Ohio, Lancaster, Virginia, or Conservative Mennonite conferences (Mennonite Church) and had few ties to one another.

The Southeast Mennonite Convention was born on 9-10 August 1967 when a group of 13 ministers and a few lay people representing Mennonite churches in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina met in Tampa, Florida, to discuss mission strategy for Mennonites in the Southeast. For six years the convention was an informal fellowship for Mennonite churches in the Southeast.

In 1973 the convention affirmed a plan to become a regional conference affiliated with the Mennonite Church (MC) General Assembly. Except for those affiliated with the Conservative Mennonite Conference, the congregations eventually chose to discontinue formal ties to the parent conferences.

In 1987 the convention changed its name to Southeast Mennonite Conference. It had 23 congregations totaling approximately 2,000 members. Major conference components were the Board of Congregational Outreach, Board of Congregational Life, Southeast Mennonite Mutual Aid Board, Women's Mission and Service Commission, Congregational Leadership Committee, and Peace and Social Concerns Committee. An executive committee oversees the conference's work. The conference office is in Sarasota, Florida. The official publication was Proclamation, published 10 times each year.

The Sarasota Christian School, Sunnyside Properties and Nursing Home, World's Attic (Ten Thousand Villages), and the Southern Mennonite Camp Association were affiliated institutions which reported to the conference.

2010 Update

In 2010 the following 31 congregations were members of the Southeast Mennonite Conference:
Congregation City State
Americus Mennonite Fellowship   Americus Georgia
Ashton Mennonite Church  Sarasota Florida
Assemblee de la Grace  Immokalee Florida
Bahia Vista Mennonite Church  Sarasota Florida
Bay Shore Mennonite Church  Sarasota Florida
Berea Mennonite Church  Atlanta Georgia
Cape Christian Fellowship  Cape Coral Florida
Church of God Prince of Peace  Miami Florida
College Hill Mennonite Church  Tampa Florida
Ebenezer Christian Church  Apopka Florida
Eglise du Nouveau Testament  Miami Florida
Emmanuel Mennonite Church  Gainesville Florida
Evangelical Garifuna Church  Lauderdale Lakes Florida
Good Shepherd Evangelical  Miami Florida
Homestead Mennonite Church  Homestead Florida
Iglesia Evangelica Nueva Vida  Sarasota Florida
Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion  Fort Myers Florida
Iglesia Menonita Encuentro de Renovacion  Miami Florida
Iglesia Seguidores de Cristo  Sarasota Florida
Luz y Verdad  Lakeland Florida
New Beginning Community Church  St. Petersburg Florida
New Jerusalem Mennonite Church  Sarasota Florida
Newtown Gospel Chapel  Sarasota Florida
North Tampa Christian Fellowship  Tampa Florida
Peace Christian Fellowship  North Port Florida
Pine Creek Chapel  Arcadia Florida
Tabernacle of Bethlehem  Opa Locka Florida
Tabernacle of Bethlehem  Immokalee Florida
Unity Pentecostal Church of God/Mennonite-Homestead  Homestead Florida
Unity Pentecostal Church of God - Miami  Miami Florida

Bibliography

Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 79-80.

"Mennonite Church USA Online Directory." Online Directory, Mennonite Church USA. 15 June 2006. http://directory.mennoniteusa.org/conference.asp?confID=48.

Additional Information

Address: 35 S Beneva Road Ste A, Sarasota FL 34232-1452

Telephone: 941-373-9459


Author(s) Martin W Lehman
Date Published July 2010


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Lehman, Martin W. "Southeast Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 28 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeast_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=77839.

APA style

Lehman, Martin W. (July 2010). Southeast Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeast_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=77839.




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