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101 David St., [[Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)|Kitchener]], ON, N2G 1Y1. In 1975 there were 54 members; in 1985, 50; in 1995, 48; in 2000, 42. The congregation has been affiliated with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (1988) and the Conference of Mennonites in Canada / [[Mennonite Church Canada|Mennonite Church Canada]] (1995). The language of worship is English.
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The Kitchener-Waterloo House Churches began in 1969, and formally organized in 1970. Walter Klaassen and John W. Miller are considered the founding leaders of the group. The house church was considered to be a congregation, but in effect was a cluster of individual house churches with a central meeting place where they gathered in alternate weeks. In 1988 there were four house churches.
  
The congregation began services in 1969, and formally organized in 1970. Walter Klaassen and John W. Miller are considered the founding leaders of the group. The congregation originated through outreach by Mennonite and non-Mennonite individuals. The group is considered to be a congregation, but in effect are a cluster of individual house churches with a central meeting place where they gather in alternate weeks. Alex Molnar is chairperson of the Pastoral Care Committee. In 1988 there were four house churches.
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A subsequent division led to the separation of House Church #2 from the other house churches in the early 1990s. The issues included the appropriate language for God (was feminine language for God permissable), the nature of the Mennonite peace position and appropriate sexual ethics. The authority of founder John W. Miller was also controversial. House Church #2 eventually became the [[Blenheim Ecumenical House Church (New Dundee, Ontario, Canada)|Blenheim Ecumenical House Church]]. The other house churches eventually dissolved except for one house church that retained the name KW House Church. The former central meeting place at 101 David Street in Kitchener became a refugee settlement house.
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The house church model has shared leadership.
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
<em class="gameo_bibliography">OIKOS - K-W House Church newsletter</em>, published 2 to 4 times per year, Historical issue, Winter 1980
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''OIKOS - K-W House Church newsletter'', published 2 to 4 times per year, Historical issue, Winter 1980
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= Additional Information =
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== Membership at KW House Churches ==
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! Year !! Membership
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| 1975 || 54
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| 1985 || 50
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| 1995 || 48
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| 2000 || 42
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| 2008 || Not<br/>reported
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[[Category:Churches]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church (MC) Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Congregations]]
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[[Category:Mennonite Church Canada Congregations]]
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[[Category:Ontario Congregations]]
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[[Category:Canadian Congregations]]

Latest revision as of 14:32, 17 December 2016

The Kitchener-Waterloo House Churches began in 1969, and formally organized in 1970. Walter Klaassen and John W. Miller are considered the founding leaders of the group. The house church was considered to be a congregation, but in effect was a cluster of individual house churches with a central meeting place where they gathered in alternate weeks. In 1988 there were four house churches.

A subsequent division led to the separation of House Church #2 from the other house churches in the early 1990s. The issues included the appropriate language for God (was feminine language for God permissable), the nature of the Mennonite peace position and appropriate sexual ethics. The authority of founder John W. Miller was also controversial. House Church #2 eventually became the Blenheim Ecumenical House Church. The other house churches eventually dissolved except for one house church that retained the name KW House Church. The former central meeting place at 101 David Street in Kitchener became a refugee settlement house.

The house church model has shared leadership.

Bibliography

OIKOS - K-W House Church newsletter, published 2 to 4 times per year, Historical issue, Winter 1980

Additional Information

Membership at KW House Churches

Year Membership
1975 54
1985 50
1995 48
2000 42
2008 Not
reported


Author(s) Sam Steiner
Date Published December 2016


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Steiner, Sam. "Kitchener-Waterloo House Churches (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. December 2016. Web. 20 Aug 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kitchener-Waterloo_House_Churches_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141869.

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Steiner, Sam. (December 2016). Kitchener-Waterloo House Churches (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 August 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kitchener-Waterloo_House_Churches_(Kitchener,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=141869.




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