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Mennonite World Conference – Bogatá, Columbia

Proper Title

Mennonite World Conference fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

5 cm of textual material

Administrative History

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) represents the majority of the global family of Christian churches rooted in the 16th-century Radical Reformation in Europe, particularly in the Anabaptist movement.

MWC membership in 2015 included one international association and 102 Mennonite and Brethren in Christ national churches from 56 countries, with around 1.4 million baptized believers in close to 10,000 congregations. About 81% of baptized believers in MWC member churches are African, Asian or Latin American, and 19% are located in Europe and North America.

Mennonite World Conference is called to be a communion (Koinonia) of Anabaptist-related churches linked to one another in a worldwide community of faith for fellowship, worship, service, and witness.

MWC exists to (1) be a global community of faith in the Anabaptist-tradition, (2) facilitate relationships between Anabaptist-related churches worldwide, and (3) relate to other Christian world communions and organizations.

The first gathering of MWC took place in 1925 in Basel, Switzerland, and typically meets every six years.

The conference is basically an inspirational and discussion conference, with no jurisdiction whatsoever over its constituent groups, but responsive to their wishes. It has demonstrated a growing value and won increasing acceptance, and its sessions contribute much to the strengthening of worldwide Mennonitism and the effective discharge of its spiritual tasks.

Scope and Content

The material in this fonds consists of a council delegate package, program information, and conference materials for the assemblies in 1978, 1984, 1990, 2000, and 2015. These documents provide a glimpse of the workings of the global Mennonite network of conferences—its mission, vision, and ministry.

Custodial History

These materials came to CMBS in stages. Harold Jantz donated the items from 1978, 1984, and 1990. Ike Bergen, delegate to the Global Anabaptist Missions Consultation, contributed the 2000 material. Conrad Stoesz and Jon Isaak travelled to Assembly 16 in Pennsylvania in  2015 and brought back some convention materials.


  • Location: Volume 777.
  • Described by Jon Isaak, May 2017, and updated in 2023.
  • Nos.: 2003-049; 2005-030.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • Language: English.

File List

Volume 777

30. Mennonite World Conference Council meeting in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Delegate Package. -- 2000.
31. Mennonite World Conference Assembly 16. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Program and membership map. -- 2015.
32. Mennonite World Conference Assembly 12. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. -- 1990.
33. Mennonite World Conference Assembly 11. Strasbourg, France. -- 1984.
34. Mennonite World Conference Assemby 10. Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A. -- 1978.

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