Atlanta Mennonite Fellowship welcomes as beloved children of God all who enter here. As a Christian congregation, we invite people to experience God’s triune love within a Mennonite/Anabaptist context, and we nurture each other’s efforts to be disciples of God’s peace and justice. We celebrate and affirm the image of God in persons of every age, gender, race, ability, ethnicity and sexual orientation, and strive to find common ground on which to build relationships with our neighbors near and far.
These identity and mission statements shape our lives and interactions:
Identity - We are a welcoming Anabaptist congregation. We celebrate and affirm the image of God in all people. We believe in and follow Jesus, trusting that God’s Spirit continues to move among us. Therefore, we nurture loving relationships grounded in care, curiosity, and respect. We strive to be vulnerable with one another as we are enriched by each other’s gifts, insights, and wondering. Through practices of shared leadership, mutual care, and prayer, we support one another in extending these values to all our relationships.
Mission - In community, we are called to live into loving relationships and care for all people as Jesus modeled for us. Meeting each person wherever they are in their journey of faith, we are inclusive, affirming, and encouraging. We share God’s commitment to peace and social justice and support one another in our diverse expressions of lived faith.
We value the diversity of beliefs and backgrounds among us. Everyone is welcome to explore their faith with us and enter into the life of our community.
Our congregational life values everyone’s voice, and our diversity of voices. We have a part-time pastor, whose voice is still just one among ours. Leadership is shared, and all significant decisions are made by consensus in monthly congregational meetings.
Our worship values participation by many. Each service is organized by a worship leader, music leader, and person bringing a reflection/sermon.
Each service has a time for people to bring joys and concerns for the world, our communities, and ourselves to the community for prayer. And each service ends with an opportunity for people to voice how they have felt the Spirit move during the service, which we call “further liberty.”
We enjoy times of fellowship together, and laugh a lot together. Believing that faith is to be lived throughout the week, we support and encourage one another as we invest in meaningful work in our communities.
Many of us give significant amounts of time and energy to AMF, but we are also sensitive to the fact that we are all members of a number of communities. While serving God should be central to our lives, serving AMF may be less so.
Whether or not you ultimately decide that our congregation is right for you, we pray God’s blessings for your journey, and welcome the opportunity to play any small part we can in sharing God’s love with you. We invite you to peruse our website, contact our pastor with questions, and come worship with us on Sunday evening!
Participants at AMF are invited to sign this covenant each year during the Easter season, indicating our ongoing commitments to these relationships.