Mennonite Youth Fellowship (Mennonite Church)

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Mennonite Youth Fellowship (Mennonite Church, generally called "MYF") was a general church-wide organization for the stimulation and guidance of young people in Christian life and service. MYF was organized at Eureka, IL, in 1948, after extensive study by the Commission and approval by the General Conference. It served the youth organizations in the Mennonite (MC) congregations. In January 1955 there were 121 member units. There was an annual meeting, usually held in connection with other church-wide meetings. The general organization promoted youth work concepts, participated in the production of program materials, and prepared promotional literature. There was a general council, consisting of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, secretaries in the areas of faith, fellowship, and service, representatives of the Youth's Christian Companion staff and the Mission Board, and the sponsor. The sponsor was the Secretary of Young People's Activities of the Commission for Christian Education, to which MYF was generally responsible. Officers were elected by the delegates at the annual meeting. Area secretaries were appointed by these officers and the sponsor. An executive office was maintained at Scottdale, PA.

The local units of MYF were not uniform in organization of functioning, nor did all carry the MYF name, but they were expected to function in supplying young people's needs in accordance with local conditions and standards. The general organization furnished to the local units only such guidance as they wished or could use. In some districts, particularly in the Middle West, there were also district MYF organizations, conference-wide or state-wide.

Author(s) Paul Erb
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 643. All rights reserved.

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