New Life Mennonite Church is a collection of believers who come from many backgrounds. We believe Jesus is the Savior of the world, that a relationship with Him is essential to have salvation, that the Bible is the Word of God, and we are guided and directed by the Holy Spirit in our walk here on earth. We look forward to His soon coming, and our mission is “to know Christ and to make Him known” in our community and the rest of the world.
Who are the Mennonites?
Mennonites are a Christian denomination that began in the 16th century. Currently there are over one million members world-wide. Mennonite beliefs and practices vary widely, but following Jesus in daily life is a central value, along with peacemaking.
A Mennonite is part of the Anabaptist Movement. ( “ana” means “again”, therefore, Anabaptist means to be “baptized again”). The Anabaptist movement in the Church was part of a greater upheaval in the Christian community which is known as the Reformation. The politics of the Reformation were extremely complex, but they essentially boiled down to a difference in opinion with the dominant Catholic Church, leading to the creation of numerous other Christian denominations. Many of these denominations, including the Anabaptists, stressed a return to the authority of the Scripture and the early church as a model.
Mennonites can be found all over the world, often in close knit and very friendly communities, and their religious traditions place a heavy emphasis on community connections, public service, and pacifism. As with many Christian denominations, Mennonites express their beliefs in a wide variety of ways; some Old Order Mennonites, for example, strive to live simply by rejecting modern technology and dressing plainly, while Moderate Mennonites live relatively ordinary lives, with nothing on the outside to distinguish them from non-Mennonite friends and neighbors.
We are led by our Pastoral Elder, Jason, and a leadership team made up of other elders and ministry leads within the church. Our leadership team guides, coordinates and implements the congregation’s goals for ministry.
New Life Mennonite Church is a part of the Washington-Baltimore District inside the Lancaster Mennonite Conference.
We affirm the 1995 Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective (and older versions of Mennonite Confession of Faith). Read the 1995 version here.