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Vermaner, a former Dutch Mennonite name for a minister not holding the full office of an elder or bishop (oudste and leeraer tot den vollen dienst). The vermaner or admonisher was charged to preach and admonish but not to baptize. The Dutch also used the term prediker (preacher) for the same of­fice, and in modern times the term predikant. That "vermaner" came into use would indicate that the early Dutch Mennonites emphasized strongly that duties of a minister consist not only in preaching the Word of God but also in admonishing the in­dividual members to live a consecrated life. Not by accident did they coin this term; it was deeply anchored in their basic Christian convictions. The term is borrowed from II Peter 1:12 "I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things" which is read in the Old Dutch Bible versions "to admonish (vermanen) you always about these things." (Doopsgezinde Bijdragen 1872, 77.) The title "ver­maner" also used by the Danzig Mennonites dis­appeared during the 17th century in the period of adjustment to the environment. (See also Ministry (Netherlands).)


Mannhardt, H. G. Die Danziger Mennoniten-Gemeinde. Danzig, 1919: 106.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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