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Baptism Study Guide

Roth, John D., with Thomas Yoder Neufeld. “‘Believe and Be Baptized’: Conversations on Baptism in the Anabaptist-Mennonite Tradition.” Goshen, IN: Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism, 2022.

From 2012 to 2017, Catholic, Lutheran, and Mennonite representatives met for dialogue, and articulated the results of their conversations in the document “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.” In 2022, based on the results from these Trilateral Dialogues, other webinars and seminars on baptism, and using additional material prepared by Thomas Yoder Neufeld , John D. Roth created a study guide to accompany the larger “Baptism and Incorporation…” document. This booklet — called “‘Believe and Be Baptized’: Conversations on Baptism in the Anabaptist-Mennonite Tradition” — offers accessible descriptions of the histories of baptism, along with explanations of the significance of baptism in different traditions. Each of the eight short chapters includes a helpful summary of the material, historical and contextual information, questions for reflection and testing, and a prayer. Congregations will find this publication to be a valuable resource and opportunity for theological reflection and ecumenical dialogue. The study guide is also available in Spanish for use by Spanish-speaking congregations, thanks to ISGA Research Associate Luis Tapia Rubio’s translation.

The booklet was intended to be used as a series in Sunday school classes or small groups, but could also be adapted for use in other church settings. Thanks to the grant from the Calvin Institute, free printed copies of the study guide will be made available to MCUSA conferences and church partners for distribution to congregations. It will also be available to order on the ISGA website for congregational study. Both the English and Spanish versions will be available in PDF form online for free download. The ISGA is excited to offer this resource to enliven the theological, liturgical, and ecumenical discourse in churches across North America.

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English PDF: “Believe and Be Baptized”

Spanish PDF: “Cree y Se Bautizado”

Indonesian Mennonite History

Roth, John D.  A Cloud of Witnesses: Celebrating Indonesian Mennonites. Harrisonburg, VA: Herald Press, 2021.

INDONESIA IS HOME to the oldest Mennonite community outside of Europe and North America. ISGA Director and author John D. Roth traces the 170-year history of Mennonites in Indonesia alongside the larger cultural and religious history of the country. By weaving the legacy of European colonization and Dutch Mennonite missions into the history of the indigenous Anabaptist-Mennonite churches in Indonesia, Roth creates a rich narrative tapestry of three groups that have each integrated the good news of the gospel with the local culture, ethnic identity, religious currents, and national history in a distinctive way.

A Cloud of Witnesses orients members of the global Anabaptist-Mennonite church to the history and identity of this unique group of churches while also providing practical travel tips, recipes, and reference notes on culture, language, and tourist sites—making it the perfect accompaniment for those who plan to travel to Indonesia for Mennonite World Conference in the summer of 2022. Selamat datang!  For more information, check out this edition of the Rhizome Newsletter: Rhizome – Sept 2021

The book can be purchased online through MennoMedia or Amazon:

Sukoco, Sigit Heru, and Lawrence M. Yoder.  The Way of the Gospel in the World of Java: A History of the Muria Javanese Mennonite Church (GITJ). Edited by John D. Roth. Goshen, IN: Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism, 2020.

THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL IN THE WORLD OF JAVA, a history of Muria Javanese Mennonite Church (GITJ), provides an account of the evangelization of the people of the Muria area carried out both by missionaries of the Dutch Mennonite Mission as well as by indigenous Javanese evangelists. The European missionaries operated out of a western frame of reference while the indigenous Javanese evangelists interpreted the Gospel from the context of their own culture.  In the course of its long history, the developing congregations and agricultural communities around the Muria became a unified Christian movement called Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa (GITJ) (The Way of the Gospel in the World of Java). In English the church today is usually called the Muria Javanese Mennonite Church. For more information, check out this edition of the Rhizome Newsletter: Rhizome – Oct 2020

To order a copy of this book, visit our Purchase page, or send a check for $20 ($30 for shipping within
the USA) made out to ISGA to:

John D. Roth/ISGA
Goshen College
1700 S Main St
Goshen, IN 46526

Texts in Translation

Driver, John. Life Together in the Spirit: A Radical Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century. Goshen, IN: Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism, 2011. Also available to order on our Purchase page.

EnglishLife Together in the Spirit: A Radical Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century
FrenchVivre ensemble, unis dans l’Esprit: Une spiritualité radicale pour le 21e siècle
IndonesianHidup Bersama dalam Roh: Spiritualitas Radikal untuk Abad Kedua Puluh Satu
PortugueseVida No Espírito Em Comunidade: Uma Espiritualidade Radical para o Século 21
SpanishConvivencia Radical: Espiritualidad para el Siglo 21

The Jesus Tribe book cover


Hollinger-Janzen, Rod, Nancy J. Myers, and Jim Bertsche, eds. The Jesus Tribe: Grace Stories from Congo’s Mennonites 1912–2012. A Project of Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2012. Co-published with Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism.



These books are also available in PDF format on the Global Anabaptist Wiki:

The Jesus Tribe
100 Ans de Mission Menonite
Life Together in the Spirit
Hidup Bersama dalam Roh: Spiritualitas Radikal untuk Abad Kedua Puluh Satu
Vivre ensemble, unis dans l’Esprit: Une spiritualité radicale pour le 21e siècle
Convivencia Radical: Espiritualidad para el Siglo 21

Global Anabaptist Profile

The Global Anabaptist Profile surveyed the belief and practices of 24 member churches in Mennonite World Conference. Summarizing more than three years of research, this full-length report includes a forward by ISGA director John D. Roth, interpretive findings by GAP co-director Conrad Kanagy, and individual profiles of the 24 participating groups.


Bearing Witness Stories Project


The Bearing Witness Stories Project and Plough Publishing collaborated together in the creation of Bearing Witness: Stories of Martyrdom and Costly Discipleship, a collection of stories of costly discipleship that illustrate Christ-like nonviolence as lived by a diverse array of Christians spanning both centuries and continents. See Plough’s website for more information.


FrenchÊtre Témoin: Suivre le Christ jusqu’au martyre
IndonesianSaksi-saksi Iman: Kisah-kisah Kemartiran dan Kemuridan yang Mahal
Spanish: Siendo Testigos: Relatos de martirio y discipulado radical


Current and back issues of Rhizome, the ISGA’s biannual newsletter, may be found below. To subscribe to future issues of Rhizome, please visit our subscribe page.

Global Anabaptism: Stories from the global Mennonite church

“Global Anabaptism” is a regular column by ISGA Director John D. Roth in Anabaptist World, and previously in The Mennonite.


Learning from African theology” Jan 2020


Mennonites and deforestation” Dec 2019

The growth of Pentecostal movements” Nov 2019

Baptism talks with Catholics and Lutherans” Oct 2019

MWC deals with divisive issues” Sept 2019

Let’s listen to our stories” Aug 2019

The evil wrought by the doctrine of discovery” July 2019

Mennonites’ reluctance to share the gospel” June 2019

Church, state and politics” May 2019

The power of parades” Apr 2019

Making way for new visions” Mar 2019

Fleeing the influence of the world” Jan 2019


How will history judge us?” Nov 2019

Lessons from language learning” Oct 2019

In praise of institutions” Sept 2019

Celebrating the beginning of Anabaptism” Aug 2019

Theological education for the global church” July 2019

Mennonite World Conference evolves” June 2019

The search for peace in Korea” May 2019

From lament to social transformation” Apr 2019


Celebrating the Reformation?” Dec 2017.

‘The past is never dead’” Nov 2017.

Mennonite Church South Korea is born” Oct 2017.

How should we respond to kidnapping?” Sept 2017.

In memory of Glen Lapp” Aug 2017.

Living peaceably with Muslim neighbors” July 2017.

Hidden in plain sight” June 2017.

Congolese Mennonite resiliency” 1 May 2017.

Mutual aid, mutual accountability” 1 Apr 2017.

Witness and resistance” 1 Mar 2017.

One meal per member per year to MWC?” 1 Feb 2017.


Celebrating the Reformation?” 1 Dec 2016.

‘The past is never dead’” 1 Nov 2016.

Mennonite Church South Korea is born” 1 Oct 2016.

“How should we respond to kidnapping?” 1 Sept 2016.

In memory of Glen Lapp” 1 Aug 2016.

Living peaceably with Muslim neighbors” 1 July 2016.

“Hidden in plain sight” 1 June 2016.

“What’s in a name?” 1 May 2016.

“Indonesian churches to host MWC Assembly in 2021” 1 Apr 2016.

“Anabaptist ferment in Korea” 1 Mar 2016.

“Images of pain and beauty?” 1 Feb 2016.

“How do we respond to terrorism?” 1 Jan 2016.


“Identity unsettled and renewed” 1 Dec 2015.

“Anabaptist debts to late-medieval Catholicism” 1 Nov 2015.

“Anabaptists by the numbers” 1 Oct 2015.

Is Christian faithfulness possible without unity?” 1 Sept 2015.

Whither Mennonite World Conference?” 1 Aug 2015.

Mennonite renewalist groups abound,” 1 July 2015.

Mennonite church in Kenya celebrates 70 years,” 1 June 2015.

“Killed by loggers in Panama,” 1 May 2015

A victory for COs in Colombia,” 1 Apr 2015.

Mennonites and Seventh-Day Adventists,” 1 Mar 2015.

5 reasons to attend MWC 16,” 1 Feb 2015.

Three expressions of resistance and hope,” 1 Jan 2015.


MWC churches and the gospel of peace,” 1 Dec 2014.

“‘Meno-latino’ identity,” 1 Nov 2014.

The persecution of Nigerian Christians,” 1 Oct 2014.

World War I and the global church,” 1 Sept 2014.

Korean Anabaptist Fellowship engages challenges,” 1 Aug 2014.

Prepare to be hosts for MWC in 2015,” 1 July 2014.

A spiritual pilgrimage by bicycle,” 1 June 2014.

Is the Reformation still relevant?” 1 May 2014.

The plight of COs continues today,” 1 Apr 2014.

Dutch Mennonites and the unity of the spirit,” 1 Mar 2014.

Mennonites and land,” 1 Feb 2014.

The witness of Regina Mondez,” 1 Jan 2014.


New perspectives in church history,” 1 Dec 2013.

What and how we sing matters,” 1 Nov 2013.

A model of daily, faithful service,” 1 Oct 2013.

The global church is young,” 1 Aug 2013.

Not your typical Beachy Amish bishop,” 1 July 2013.

The Anabaptist martyrs are not dead,” 1 June 2013.

Mennonites and the Catholic Church,” 1 May 2013.

And when they shall ask,” 1 Apr 2013.

The gift of vulnerability,” 1 Feb 2013.

Japanese Mennonites address nuclear power,” 1 Jan 2013.


Saint John,” 1 Dec 2012.

Amish growth enriches all of us,” 1 Nov 2012.

The danger of a single story,” 1 Oct 2012.

Before Pieter Jansz there was Tunggul Wulung,” 1 Sept 2012.

New technology and the global church,” 1 Aug 2012.

In praise of translators,” 1 July 2012.

Paraguayan Mennonites enter politics,” 1 May 2012.

Church as a rhizome?” 1 Apr 2012.

Baptist ties through the Aussiedler,” 1 Mar 2012.

1948 meetings reoriented our thinking,” 1 Feb 2012.

Chilean Mennonites enrich the fold,” 1 Jan 2012.