Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)
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. The new conference began to function on 1 February 2020 under the new structure and name.
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. Seven Southeast Mennonite Conference churches planned to join Mosaic Mennonite Conference in 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:
|Alpha Mennonite Church||Alpha||New Jersey|
|Ambler Mennonite Church||Ambler||Pennsylvania|
|Bally Mennonite Church||Bally||Pennsylvania|
|Bethany Elevation Mennonite Church||Elmhurst||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|
|Church of the Good Samaritans||Holland||Pennsylvania|
|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|
|Igelsia Menonita Ebenezer||Souderton||Pennsylvania|
|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|
|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|
|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 Evangelical 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|
|West Philadelphia Mennonite Fellowship||Philadelphia||Pennsylvania|
|Whitehall Mennonite Church||Whitehall||Pennsylvania|
|Zion Mennonite Church||Souderton||Pennsylvania|
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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/.
Address: 1000 Forty Foot Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446 (located at Dock Mennonite Academy)
Denominational Affiliations: Mennonite Church USA
|Author(s)||Samuel J Steiner|
|Date Published||June 2020|
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Steiner, Samuel J. "Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. June 2020. Web. 9 Aug 2020. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mosaic_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=168962.
Steiner, Samuel J. (June 2020). Mosaic Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 9 August 2020, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mosaic_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=168962.
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