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Name: Assembly Mennonite Church (Goshen, Ind.)

Historical Note:

Late 1960s-early 1970s House-churches and intentional communities spring up in Goshen.

1973 Three Goshen College faculty families from College Mennonite and Waterford join three young couples to form a small group called “Metanoia.”

1974 In January the first meeting of “assembly” of small groups on the Goshen College campus; Norman Kraus presented the vision for this group; weekly Sunday morning worship began; rapid growth followed with three clusters of small groups.

1974 1% Fund established for collection of gifts beyond tithe to be used for international relief.

1976 Assembly reorganized into two clusters, campus and community.

1976 Position statement on peacemaking and war tax resistance.

1978 Meetinghouse on 11th Street was purchased.

1979 Philosophy of Nurture/Education adopted including a list of “Privileges of the Child in the Assembly.”

1981 Guidelines for Responsibilities, Qualifications, Accountability, Time Commitment and Compensation adopted for congregational elders.

1981 Document on Marriage, Separation, Divorce and Remarriage adopted by congregation.

1982 A Model for Apprenticeship adopted for gifts discernment and development in the congregation.

1982 1% Local Needs Fund established to complement 1% giving to international relief.

1982 Congregational goals include “clarify our mission and identify specific ministries of congregational members.”

1983 Procedures for covenanting with Assembly and for baptism adopted; reviewed in 1984; revised in 1990.

1983 Procedures for marriage adopted; reviewed in 1984.

1984 Spiritual Life Formation statement; revised in 1991.

1986 Assembly Leadership and Ordination Study presented to the congregation.

1989 Job descriptions for Teaching Elder and Coordinator of Children’s Education adopted; congregational elders group formed; support arrangements for Assembly staff and elders and MYF leaders clarified.

1990 Organizational chart shows two clusters, cluster elders, and congregational elders, including administrative elder, teaching elder, and counseling elder, and committees; progress report of “Homosexuality: Areas of Agreement and Areas of Continuing Questions or Disagreement”; procedures of transfer or termination of membership document; guidelines and procedures for making financial requests approved by elders.

1991 Revision of counseling elder job description; clarification document on resources offered by the congregation when terminal illness or death occurs; two 1% funds combined to form “2% Fund”, 40% of which to be used for international relief, 40% for local needs, 20% undesignated to be used for acute needs; revision of membership policy for temporary residents and associate members.

1997 Campus cluster discontinues functioning as a cluster

Sources: Assembly Mennonite Handbook for Elders; “The Campus Cluster,” an oral presentation at service celebrating contribution of campus cluster, at Assembly Mennonite Church, October 5, 1997; “Beginnings of Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana,” interview of Al Meyer by Dennis Stoesz, February 1998., and
Note Author: Paul Keim

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