The “What Makes a Mennonite” content on this page has been developed to give newcomers a general but helpful introduction to Mennonites. For more detailed and inclusive information on Mennonite beliefs and values, see Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective
Some people know Mennonites as “the folks who came into town and helped clean up after the flood that devastated the community.” Some picture Mennonites as rural folk who wear bonnets and travel in horse-drawn buggies. These are some views of Mennonites.
But there’s much more…
Mennonites have been around for almost 500 years. Early leaders rejected the state church’s control over peoples’ lives. Mennonite ideas and insistence on separation between church and state are equally important today, when some governments in the global community attempt to suppress the rights of individuals and non-conformist communities.Today, you won’t recognize most Mennonites by how they dress. But you will find vibrant Mennonite congregations scattered throughout rural areas, small towns and large cities across Canada, and throughout the world.