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Together in the Work of the Lord

A History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference
Together in the Work of the Lord

By author: Nathan E. Yoder
Product Code: 9505
ISBN: 9780836195057
Binding Information: Hardback
Size: 9.50 x 6.25 inches

Publication Date: 7/15/2014

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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.

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  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. Genesis of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Conference
  • 2. The Conference’s Early Identity and Projects
  • 3. Geography of the Early Conference
  • 4. Conservative Amish Mennonites’ Nonconformed World
  • 5. The Second Generation of Conservative Amish Mennonites
  • 6. New Ventures in Mission and Interest Groups
  • 7. Clarifying the Conference’s Authority and Identity
  • 8. Conservatism in Different Contexts
  • 9. Evangelical Anabaptism and Nonconformity Rebranded
  • 10. From Nonconforming Practice to Evangelical Theology
  • 11. Cases in Discernment
  • 12. Conservative Mennonite Legacies
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Abbreviations
  • Sources
  • Interviews
  • Archival Collections and Abbreviations
  • Conference Publications
  • Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index
  • Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History Series
  • The Author

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Review by: Kimberly Schmidt, professor of history, Eastern Mennonite University - June 1, 2014

“Nathan Yoder has produced an encyclopedic reference that traces the history of the Conservative Mennonite Conference from its origins among Amish Mennonites to the vibrant, diverse global church it has become. Yoder casts a broad net, researching everything from conscientious objection during war times, to transformations in understandings about nonconformity and evangelism, to overseas missions. He writes with conviction, forgiveness for the stumbles, and celebration of CMC’s dedication to work through areas of contention and through difference.“

Review by: Vicki Sairs, communications coordinator, Rosedale Bible College - June 1, 2014

“In this book, Nate Yoder gives his CMC sisters and brothers new ways to think about themselves as they try to make sense of their past and find their way into the future together. The depth of his research and the sensitivity of his treatment are impressive, but what I appreciate most is the gentle way he illuminates what might otherwise be lost in the shadows.”

Review by: Jared Burkholder, department chair and associate professor of history, Grace College - June 1, 2014

“Yoder narrates the story of the Conservative Mennonite Conference with skill, sensitivity, and an engaging style. Based on years of thorough research, this masterful book enhances our understandings of the interplay between Anabaptism and evangelicalism and the complexities of defining a conservative identity in an American Mennonite context.”

Review by: Perry Bush, professor of history, Bluffton University - June 1, 2014

“Nathan Yoder has put together a richly detailed, diligently researched, scholarly account that deeply enriches the Mennonite story in twentieth-century America.”

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