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Mennonite Church Extension Society (Eine Mennonitische Kirchenerweiterungs-Gesellschaft) of the Western District Conference (General Conference Mennonite Church) was incorporated on 17 November 1904 by Christian Krehbiel, Joseph Schrag, Jakob Isaak, J. W. Penner, Heinrich Banman, Peter Goertz, David Goerz, J. J. Krehbiel, and C. F. Claassen. Christian Krehbiel was the president, David Goerz secretary, and C. F. Claassen treasurer. The purpose of the society was the promotion of public worship through the establishment or furnishing of churches at places where the Western District Conference did mission work, or where a local congregation was being organized and needed help to acquire a meetinghouse. As soon as newly established congregations became independent and self-supporting these churches became their property. The society collected funds and raised membership dues which enabled it to build churches. Membership dues were $5.00. Little information is available of the actual activities of the Extension Society and of the time when its work came to a close.


This information is contained in a twelve-page pamphlet entitled Eine Mennonitische Kirchenerweiterungs-Gesellschaft.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1957

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Krahn, Cornelius. "Mennonite Church Extension Society (General Conference Mennonite Church Western District)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 29 Jun 2017.

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Krahn, Cornelius. (1957). Mennonite Church Extension Society (General Conference Mennonite Church Western District). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 June 2017, from

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 617. All rights reserved.

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