1990 ArticleFrom 1927 to 1967 Mennonite churches in the Southeastern United States belonged to the Indiana-Michigan, Ohio, Lancaster, Virginia, or Conservative Mennonite conferences (Mennonite Church) and had few ties to one another.
The Southeast Mennonite Convention was born on 9-10 August 1967 when a group of 13 ministers and a few lay people representing Mennonite churches in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina met in Tampa, Florida, to discuss mission strategy for Mennonites in the Southeast. For six years the convention was an informal fellowship for Mennonite churches in the Southeast.
In 1973 the convention affirmed a plan to become a regional conference affiliated with the Mennonite Church (MC) General Assembly. Except for those affiliated with the Conservative Mennonite Conference, the congregations eventually chose to discontinue formal ties to the parent conferences.
In 1987 the convention changed its name to Southeast Mennonite Conference. It had 23 congregations totaling approximately 2,000 members. Major conference components were the Board of Congregational Outreach, Board of Congregational Life, Southeast Mennonite Mutual Aid Board, Women's Mission and Service Commission, Congregational Leadership Committee, and Peace and Social Concerns Committee. An executive committee oversees the conference's work. The conference office is in Sarasota, Florida. The official publication was Proclamation, published 10 times each year.
The Sarasota Christian School, Sunnyside Properties and Nursing Home, World's Attic (Ten Thousand Villages), and the Southern Mennonite Camp Association were affiliated institutions which reported to the conference.
2010 UpdateIn 2010 the following 31 congregations were members of the Southeast Mennonite Conference:
|Americus Mennonite Fellowship||Americus||Georgia|
|Ashton Mennonite Church||Sarasota||Florida|
|Assemblee de la Grace||Immokalee||Florida|
|Bahia Vista Mennonite Church||Sarasota||Florida|
|Bay Shore Mennonite Church||Sarasota||Florida|
|Berea Mennonite Church||Atlanta||Georgia|
|Cape Christian Fellowship||Cape Coral||Florida|
|Church of God Prince of Peace||Miami||Florida|
|College Hill Mennonite Church||Tampa||Florida|
|Ebenezer Christian Church||Apopka||Florida|
|Eglise du Nouveau Testament||Miami||Florida|
|Emmanuel Mennonite Church||Gainesville||Florida|
|Evangelical Garifuna Church||Lauderdale Lakes||Florida|
|Good Shepherd Evangelical||Miami||Florida|
|Homestead Mennonite Church||Homestead||Florida|
|Iglesia Evangelica Nueva Vida||Sarasota||Florida|
|Iglesia Menonita Arca de Salvacion||Fort Myers||Florida|
|Iglesia Menonita Encuentro de Renovacion||Miami||Florida|
|Iglesia Seguidores de Cristo||Sarasota||Florida|
|Luz y Verdad||Lakeland||Florida|
|New Beginning Community Church||St. Petersburg||Florida|
|New Jerusalem Mennonite Church||Sarasota||Florida|
|Newtown Gospel Chapel||Sarasota||Florida|
|North Tampa Christian Fellowship||Tampa||Florida|
|Peace Christian Fellowship||North Port||Florida|
|Pine Creek Chapel||Arcadia||Florida|
|Tabernacle of Bethlehem||Opa Locka||Florida|
|Tabernacle of Bethlehem||Immokalee||Florida|
|Unity Pentecostal Church of God/Mennonite-Homestead||Homestead||Florida|
|Unity Pentecostal Church of God - Miami||Miami||Florida|
Horsch, James E., ed. Mennonite Yearbook and Directory. Scottdale, PA: Mennonite Publishing House (1988-89): 79-80.
"Mennonite Church USA Online Directory." Online Directory, Mennonite Church USA. 15 June 2006. http://directory.mennoniteusa.org/conference.asp?confID=48.
Address: 35 S Beneva Road Ste A, Sarasota FL 34232-1452
|Author(s)||Martin W Lehman|
|Date Published||July 2010|
Cite This Article
Lehman, Martin W. "Southeast Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. July 2010. Web. 30 Jan 2015. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeast_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=61028.
Lehman, Martin W. (July 2010). Southeast Mennonite Conference (Mennonite Church USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 January 2015, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Southeast_Mennonite_Conference_(Mennonite_Church_USA)&oldid=61028.
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