Fall 1985 · Vol. 14 No. 2 · p. 2 

From the Editors: Mennonite Brethren Church Membership Profile 1972-1982

Allen R. Guenther

The editors of Direction are pleased to be able to present this significant study to our readers. We regard this Profile as one of the most incisive reports and analyses of the state of the Mennonite Brethren church produced in this half of the century. Its impact, we believe, will be far-reaching in shaping the faith, life, practices and institutions of the Mennonite Brethren in the years to come.

The Mennonite Brethren Church Profile, 1972-82 owes its existence to the dogged determination and deep brotherly love of J.B. Toews, together with Abram Konrad and Al Dueck. They conducted the research, wrote the report (apart from chapter four), and edited the profile in preparation for publication. Many others have contributed of their resources, whether finances, energy, time, expertise, or prayers. They go unnamed, except for the contributors to Chapter 4.

While the majority of our readers are members of the Mennonite Brethren Church, we also offer this study to Christians beyond our denomination. Our condition is probably reflective of many evangelical denominations and congregations across the United States and Canada. We hope this self-analysis will stimulate wholesome reflection on the state of the people of God with whom you most immediately identify.

We welcome your responses to this study. Letters addressed to us, whether with regard to the data, analyses or the implications, will be passed on to the authors of this study and, through them, to the Mennonite Brethren leadership.