The Mennonite Teachers Association

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The Mennonite Teachers Association (MTA), (Mennonite Church), is a semiautonomous organization affiliated with the General Educational Council of the Mennonite Board of Education. It was organized in 1951 with 159 charter members. All members of the church who are actively engaged in teaching or who have qualified for the teaching profession at the elementary, secondary, or collegiate level are eligible for membership; students enrolled in teacher education programs are eligible for associate membership.

The purposes of MTA are (1) to encourage a spirit of fellowship and unity among Mennonite teachers; (2) to assist members in solving ethical problems peculiar to Mennonite teachers; (3) to foster conviction for the promulgation and the preservation of Christian faith and practice; (4) to cultivate the concept that teaching should be an avenue of service; (5) to serve as a clearinghouse for the exchange of valuable experiences and of good teaching techniques; (6) to assist in teacher placement; (7) to encourage teachers to grow professionally; (8) to champion the cause of the Mennonite teacher in every phase of his profession; and (9) to co-operate with the General Educational Council in promoting the educational program of the Mennonite Church.

The annual meeting of MTA is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Mennonite Board of Education. The Association seeks to foster some of its purposes through the organization of local Mennonite teachers organizations. In the spring of 1958 the Association published the first issue of the MTA Bulletin. In 1958 the officers of MTA were Harold D. Lehman, president; J. Lester Brubaker, vice-president; and E. Grant Herr, secretary-treasurer.

Author(s) Karl Massanari
Date Published 1959

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Massanari, Karl. "The Mennonite Teachers Association." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 29 May 2020.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 690-691. All rights reserved.

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