Making Plain the Structures of MW USA, MW Canada and MW Conference Groups

by Ruth Lapp Guengerich 

Ever wondered how the Mennonite Women USA structure works? What about women’s conference groups? How does Mennonite Women Canada fit in? Mystery solved…read below!

Mennonite Women USA is the women’s organization for all of Mennonite Church USA. Begun in 1916 and 1917 as Women’s Missionary and Service Commission (Mennonite Church) and Women in Mission (General Conference Mennonites) the two organizations were binational (U.S. and Canada). In 1997 the two organizations came together to become Mennonite Women.

In 2003, Mennonite Church and General Conference Mennonite Church came together to become one denomination. At that time they created national structures, Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Therefore the women’s organizations also divided, to become Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Women Canada, with individual structures.

Within MW USA most area conferences have organized as well, to provide leadership for the congregations in their conference. See a list of all these area conference executive committees.

MW USA offices are currently based in Newton, KS, in the MC USA offices. Executive Assistant Berni Kaufman works out of the Newton office. All the other staff currently work out of their homes. MW USA publishes a quarterly magazine, Timbrel. MW Canada structure differs, in that they have no paid staff. Their monthly publication is Connections.

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