Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)

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Formation of the Mosaic Mennonite Conference was approved on 2 November 2018 when the Franconia Mennonite and Eastern District conferences held reconciliation votes during joint assemblies at Souderton Mennonite Church. Eastern District and Franconia reconciled on 1 February 2020 and operated as Eastern District and Franconia Conference until taking the name Mosaic Mennonite Conference on Pentecost 2020 (31 May 2020).

The Eastern District resulted from a division in the Franconia Conference in 1847 and eventually became part of the General Conference Mennonite Church. When the Mennonite Church (MC) to which Franconia Conference belonged merged with the General Conference Mennonite Church to form Mennonite Church USA in 2002, cooperation between the two conferences increased. Joint assemblies were held after 2012, and in 2016 the conferences voted to start a reconciliation process. There was a service of reconciliation at the joint assemblies in 2018.

The Mosaic Mennonite Conference was comprised of 57 congregations and 7,587 members at the time of its formation. One congregation announced its departure; the West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship planned to join MC USA’s Allegheny Mennonite Conference which had a more flexible polity in accepting performance of same-sex marriages by its pastors. Eight Southeast Mennonite Conference churches joined Mosaic Mennonite Conference on 7 November 2020 in order to stay connected to Mennonite Church USA after their conference voted to leave the denomination.

The Mosaic Mennonite Conference structure at it formation included a 12-member Conference Board, plus the Executive Minister, as well as an Executive Committee that worked on behalf the Board between meetings. Committees represented on the Conference Board included Finance, Ministerial and Intercultural. Steve Kriss served as the first Executive Minister, and Ken Burkholder was the first moderator of the new conference.

Mosaic Mennonite Conference Congregations

In 2020 the following congregations were members of the Mosaic Mennonite Conference:

Congregation City State
Alpha Mennonite Church  Alpha New Jersey
Ambler Mennonite Church  Ambler Pennsylvania
Bally Mennonite Church  Bally Pennsylvania
Bethany Elevation Community Church  New York New York
Bethany Mennonite Church  Bridgewater Corners Vermont
Blooming Glen Mennonite Church  Blooming Glen Pennsylvania
Boyertown Mennonite Church  Boyertown Pennsylvania
Centro de Alabanza de Filadelfia Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Christ Fellowship Allentown Pennsylvania
Church of the Good Samaritans Holland Pennsylvania
College Hill Mennonite Church Tampa Florida
Covenant Community Fellowship  Harleysville Pennsylvania
Deep Run East Mennonite Church  Perkasie Pennsylvania
Deep Run West Mennonite Church  Perkasie Pennsylvania
Doylestown Mennonite Church  Doylestown Pennsylvania
Fairfield Mennonite Church Fairfield Pennsylvania
Finland Mennonite Church  Pennsburg Pennsylvania
Franconia Mennonite Church  Telford Pennsylvania
Frederick Mennonite Church  Frederick Pennsylvania
Garden Chapel  Victory Gardens New Jersey
Homestead Mennonite Church Homestead Florida
Iglesia Evangélica Menonita Shalom Tampa Florida
Iglesia Menonita Ebenezer  Souderton Pennsylvania
Iglesia Menonita Encuentro de Renovación Miami Florida
Iglesia Menonita Luz y Verdad Lakeland Florida
Iglesia Menonita Luz y Vida Orlando Florida
Iglesia Seguidores de Cristo Sarasota Florida
Indonesian Community Christian Fellowship  Colton California
Indonesian Light Church  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
International Worship Church  San Gabriel California
Jemaat Kristen Indonesian Anugerah Sierra Madre California
Lakeview Mennonite Church  Susquehanna Pennsylvania
Line Lexington Mennonite Church  Line Lexington Pennsylvania
Mennonite Bible Fellowship  Morris Pennsylvania
Methacton Mennonite Church  Norristown Pennsylvania
Nations Worship Center  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
North Tampa Christian Fellowship Tampa Florida
Nueva Vida Norristown New Life Mennonite Church  Norristown Pennsylvania
Perkasie Mennonite Church  Perkasie Pennsylvania
Perkiomenville Mennonite Church  Perkiomenvlle Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Praise Center  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Plains Mennonite Church  Hatfield Pennsylvania
Providence Mennonite Church  Collegeville Pennsylvania
Ripple Allentown Pennsylvania
Roaring Spring Mennonite Church Roaring Spring Pennsylvania
Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church  Quakertown Pennsylvania
Salem Mennonite Church  Quakertown Pennsylvania
Salford Mennonite Church  Harleysville Pennsylvania
San Francisco Chinese Mennonite Church  San Francisco California
Solidarity and Harmony Church  Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Souderton Mennonite Church  Souderton Pennsylvania
Spring Mount Mennonite Church  Schwenksville Pennsylvania
Swamp Mennonite Church  Quakertown Pennsylvania
Taftsville Chapel Mennonite Fellowship  Taftsville Vermont
Towamencin Mennonite Church  Kulpsville Pennsylvania
Upper Milford Mennonite Church Old Zionsville Pennsylvania
Vietnamese Gospel Mennonite Church Allentown Pennsylvania
Vincent Mennonite Church  Spring City Pennsylvania
Wellspring Church of Skippack  Skippack Pennsylvania
West Swamp Mennonite Church Quakertown Pennsylvania
Whitehall Mennonite Church  Whitehall Pennsylvania
Zion Mennonite Church Souderton Pennsylvania

Bibliography

Heinzekehr, Hannah. "Franconia, Eastern District explore reconciliation after 169 years." TheMennonite 21 November 2016. Web. 17 June 2020. https://themennonite.org/daily-news/franconia-eastern-district-explore-reconciliation-169-years/.

Howes, Sue Conrad. "A new conference looks ahead." Mosaic Mennonite Conference. 13 February 2020. Web. 17 June 2020. https://mosaicmennonites.org/2020/02/13/a-new-conference-looks-ahead/.

Huber, Tim. "Franconia, Eastern District mend a 172-year split" Mennonite World Review 4 November 2019. Web. 17 June 2020. http://mennoworld.org/2019/11/04/news/franconia-eastern-district-conferences-mend-a-172-year-split/.

"Mosaic Welcomes Florida Churches." Anabaptist World. 2 December 2020. Web. 5 December 2020. https://anabaptistworld.org/mosaic-welcomes-florida-churches/.

Servant, Emily Ralph. "A new name on Pentecost comes with power and possibilities." Mosaic Mennonite Conference. 3 June 2020. Web. 17 June 2020. https://mosaicmennonites.org/2020/06/03/a-new-name-on-pentecost-comes-with-power-and-possibilities/.

Stella, Rachel. "Franconia, Eastern District move to unite." Mennonite World Review. 4 December 2017. Web. 17 June 2020. http://mennoworld.org/2017/12/04/news/franconia-eastern-dist-move-to-unite/.

Additional Information

Address: 1000 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446 (located at Dock Mennonite Academy)

Phone: 267-932-6050

Website: https://mosaicmennonites.org/

Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church USA


Author(s) Samuel J Steiner
Date Published May 2021

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