MINUTES

Keeping careful minutes was a tradition that began in our church before it existed. We inherited a concern for records that would provide an accurate account of minutes from John Oberholtzer's leadership in the church from which the Evangelical Mennonites broke away in 1859.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE MINUTES (Pennsylvania)

 The first published minutes of the Bible Fellowship Church appeared in 1896. Prior to that, the minutes were contained in ledger books as hand written notes. Most of these minutes were recorded in German. Some were published in the denominational publication, The Gospel Banner. These minutes, prior to 1896, have been translated and published in our book, Verhandlungen 1859-1895.

David E. Thomann, Royal Kramer, Willard Cassel and Diane Hertzog have provided invaluable service by preparing the manuscripts of the minutes for publication to this website. Our thanks to them for their service.

1896 - 1899

1900 - 1909

1910 - 1919

1920 - 1929

1930 - 1939

1940 - 1949

1950 - 1959

1960 - 1969

1970 - 1979

1980 - 1989

1990 - 1999

2000 - 2009

2010 -

MINISTERIAL CONVENTION MINUTES

 
Pastors in the Mennonite Brethren In Christ / Bible Fellowship Church did not seek formal education because they believed educational institutions were corrupting to biblical faith. But they worked hard at learning and growing in their understanding of the Scriptures and pastoral practice. The Ministerial Convention drew them together that they might learn from each other. They kept minutes of what they were learned and talked about.

1899
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910
1911

 

GENERAL CONFERENCE MINUTES

 


The forerunner of the Bible Fellowship Church was a union of conferences across America. At the General Conference, representatives of the various Annual Conferences met to transact their business. Their meetings were held three or four years apart. As always, careful records were kept.

1879
1879 Special
1882
1883 Special
1885
1888
1892
1896
1900
1904
1908
1912
1916
1920
1924
1928
1936
1943
1947
1951