From the far left of the reformation… to today!
The Anabaptist movement began in Zurich, Switzerland in 1525. A group of earnest young believers believed that Protestant reformers had not gone far enough. They sought to recover New Testament Christianity by appealing to the authority of Scripture and the example of Jesus, rather than decrees of the state-sponsored church. The movement grew rapidly, although thousands suffered persecution and death at the hands of oppressive political powers. Like any social movement, the Anabaptists were not a monolithic group. Those who followed the radical teachings of Menno Simons were called Mennonites.
Today, Mennonites are in 60 countries around the world. They continue to emphasize following Christ in daily life, sharing the good news of wholeness in Christ, serving those in need, and working for justice and peace.