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A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church: Pilgrims and Pioneers 1 edition

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This book portrays the story of the Mennonite Brethren: their Anabaptist roots and backgrounds, beginnings and expansion in Russia. Following immigration to the U.S.A. and Canada, new congregations were organized here. Various institutions and aspects of conference life are outlined and analyzed. Finally, the missionary outreach is summarized. Portraits, maps and tables illustrate the text.

Each chapter blends the general with the particular, the abstract with the concrete. The author, John A. Toews, is aware of the political, social and cultural forces that have influenced the life and witness of the church. He has maintained a balance between historical objectivity and personal conviction.

The Board of Christian Literature of the U.S. and Canadian Conferences of Mennonite Brethren Churches was commissioned to oversee the writing of this history, which was published in 1975. The scanned version is the 2nd printing, released in 1982.

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A History of the Mennonite Brethren Church
Pilgrims and Pioneers
by John A. Toews ; edited by A. J. Klassen.

Published 1975 by Board of Christian Literature, General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Fresno, USA .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Preface xi
Glossary xiv
List of Illustrations xvi
List of Tables xvii
List of Maps xvii
Credits xviii
Part 1: Mennonite Brethren: European Background and Development 1
1. Spiritual Heirs of the Early Anabaptists 3
2. From Believers Church to Parish Church 13
3. Renewal and Reorientation 26
4. Through Storm and Stress 38
5. Faith and Ferment 51
6. Consolidation and Expansion 69
7. Era of Prosperity and Progress (1885-1914) 86
8. In the Shadow of Death 106
9. The Powers of Death Have Not Prevailed 124
Part 2: The Mennonite Brethren Church in North America 129
10. Mennonite Brethren Come to the United States 129
11. Mennonite Brethren Come to Canada 152
12. The Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Come to North America 176
13. Organization for United Action 194
14. Teaching Them to Observe: Christian Education in the Local Church 216
15. Singing the New Song 239
16. Training for Life and Service: Institutional Education in the Mennonite Brethren Church 254
17. Publishing for the Brotherhood 283
18. Serving with Various Gifts: The Ministry of the Church 302
19. Facing Cultural Change 323
20. Giving to Caesar: Perspectives and Problems in Church-State Relations 342
21. Understanding Biblical Revolution: Developments and Distinctives in Mennonite Brethren Theology 361
22. Cooperating with Other Groups: Inter-Church Relations 380
23. Mennonite Brethren Around the World 400
Footnotes 439
Appendixes 469
Bibliography 484
Index 491

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BX8129.B7 T63

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xxi, 513 p.
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