The Nederlandse Protestantenbond (Dutch Protestant Union) is an association of liberal Christians founded in 1870 in which Mennonites, Lutherans, Reformed, and other Christians cooperated for the promotion of liberal Christianity. The Protestantenbond in the 1950s had about 20,000 members and 108 local chapters. The chapters, spread all over the Netherlands, functioned as a kind of Christian community, often with a church and a pastor of their own. These churches are found particularly in towns where there are no Mennonite or Remonstrant congregations and where the Reformed Church is fundamentalist. Originally some leaders of the Protestantenbond hoped for a total union of all Dutch liberal Christians into one single church, but this proved to be an unrealizable ideal, because the Remonstrants, Reformed, and Mennonites all wished to maintain their own organizations. Mennonites have from the beginning warmly supported the Bond. Among the founders was the Mennonite pastor Gerrit ten Cate of Drachten. Many Mennonites, particularly in the Diaspora, are members, and a number of Mennonite pastors also serve in Protestantenbond churches for preaching and catechetical instruction.
In 1882 the Protestantenbond edited a hymnal (5th ed. 1910), followed by an appendix in 1919. This Protestantenbond-bundel was also used in many Mennonite congregations. The first to introduce it were Texel in 1885, Middelburg in 1889, and Deventer in 1890. In 1940 it was in use in 80 Mennonite congregations. In 1944 the Protestantenbond together with the Remonstrants and Mennonites published a new hymnal. This hymnbook, augmented with a supplement, was used in all Mennonite congregations.
See Doopsgezinde Bundel.
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