The Biblical Mennonite Alliance, an organization of congregations and ministers deeply committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His Word, was officially established on June 5, 1998 in West Salem, Ohio.
The conservative Anabaptist/Mennonite congregations of BMA are located primarily in the eastern two-thirds of the US and Canada and have several international affiliates. They are organized geographically into groups called regions which are under the guidance and oversight of ordained ministers serving as their overseers. Click here to view BMA map (right-click to download).
As BMA was begun in 1998, the leaders, recognizing the tendency to drift to the right or to the left, purposed to stand firmly upon the unchanging Truth of God whatever the cost.
The New Testament, they held, was divinely inspired and valid for the first century church and is still the standard and guide for the church and Christian life in the twenty-first century. Thus, their name indicates their desire to be “biblical” even when trends and pressures militate against the Word of God.
The Alliance has committed itself to the local and world-wide propagation of God's inerrant Word in order to provide fellowship, instruction, and accountability for its members as well as church planting, cross-cultural missions, and service opportunities to reach those who do not yet know the Lord.
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The beginnings of the BMA movement are related in a book “BMA: The First Ten Years” by Paul Emerson.
The beliefs of BMA are articulated in the following documents: Mennonite Confession of Faith (1963), The BMA Constitution, The Position and Policy Statements, Divorce and Remarriage, The Assessment of Unity, Present Day Concerns, and the Danvers Statement.
BMA is led by its Board of Executors (for administrative issues) and the Council of Overseers (for policy-making, doctrinal matters, and spiritual care). The responsibilities, terms, and selection of these bodies are detailed in the BMA Constitution. For more information of these and other boards and ministries, click here.
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