Global Anabaptist Profile

The Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and Mennonite World Conference have collaborated to design and implement a survey that will provide a snapshot of global Anabaptism and bring its diverse member groups into conversation on questions of faith and practice.

Structured around the Mennonite World Conference’s “Shared Convictions,” the data gathered by the Global Anabaptist Profile should provide church leaders not only with basic demographic information, but also detailed information on how believers live out their commitment to be followers of Jesus Christ.

Twenty-five groups were randomly selected to participate in the study, with proportionate representation from the five geographic regions of MWC. Church leaders from each group have appointed a Research Associate to conduct the survey with a representative sample of congregations.

Research Associates met together on July 29-August 2, 2013, to receive basic training in research methods and to critique and revise the survey. Depending on the context, Research Associates will face an array of logistical challenges, everything from reaching remote congregations to translating theological terms into culturally appropriate usage.

Following completion of the survey, Research Associates and church leaders will have a consultation—currently planned to coincide with MWC Assembly 16 in July, 2015—to discuss the results of their particular group. The information will also be made available to MWC administrative bodies, commissions, and regional counsels.

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