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Central District Conference is an affiliation of 40 congregations from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia and Virginia. Fourteen of our congregations are also affiliated with Illinois Mennonite Conference, Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference and Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA. Two of our congregations are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren. In addition, we currently have two New Faith Communities: Asian Mennonite Community Church located in Lombard, Illinois and Open Table Mennonite Fellowship in Goshen, Indiana. We are one of 20 conferences that make up Mennonite Church USA, which was formed in 2002 by the merger of the General Conference Mennonite Church and the Mennonite Church.
Central District Conference came into being when two member conferences of the General Conference Mennonite Church, Middle District and Central Conference, integrated in 1957. The history of Central District Conference can be found in Faith in Ferment: A History of the Central District Conference by Samuel Floyd Pannabecker and Walking Together in Faith: The Central District Conference 1957-1990 by Elaine Sommers Rich. The vision and mission of the conference is led by a Leadership Council made up of a Board of Directors composed of seven members, a Ministerial Committee composed of six members, and a Missional Church Committee composed of seven members and the conference Resource Advocate, and a Stewardship Committee composed of three members that gives leadership to financial matters of the conference. The Camp Friedenswald Board oversees the operations of our conference camp, Camp Friedenswald. The Gifts Discernment Committee is active in seeking out persons with gifts that can be shared on conference committees and boards. Our Historian relates to the archival system of Central District and Mennonite Church USA. The Board President, Conference Minister, and a Member-at-Large serve as representatives to the Constituency Leaders Council, which functions as a council of denominational elders to advise the Executive Leadership and the Delegate Assembly of Mennonite Church USA on issues relative to faith and life.
In addition to our committees, representatives on our auxiliary groups, Mennonite Men and Mennonite Women serve as links to the denominational organizations of Mennonite Men and Mennonite Women. Central District appoints representatives to the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, Chicago Mennonite Learning Center and Mennonite Central Committee Great Lakes Board.
The conference office is located in Goshen, Indiana and is the home base for our Conference Minister, Administrator and Bookkeeper and Editor of our publications, The Reporter and focus. These persons serve as staff to our Board of Directors, committees, congregations, pastors and credentialed ministers.