In a cold November of 1910, a group of Conservative Amish Mennonite ministers who shared a theological and cultural heritage gathered in Michigan to support each other in furthering the mission of the church. Together in the Work of the Lord outlines how this group of Anabaptist ministers sought to live out their spiritual heritage within their cultural context, discerning together how to be faithful to the Word and to their tradition while engaging with the world.
Author Nathan Yoder chronicles the growth of the Conservative Mennonite Conference from those beginnings into a network of congregations that seeks to be evangelical in theology and witness yet also rooted in Anabaptism. This book of church history does not gloss over the struggles that accompanied Conservative Mennonites as they faced changing practices with regard to plain dress and use of automobiles and sometimes differing definitions of nonconformity, authority, and submission. At the same time, it presents compelling accounts of people called to reach out with a mission focus and establish the church, whether in Kentucky, Ecuador, or just across the street.
This is the 47th volume in the Studies of Anabaptist and Mennonite History series.