Global History Project

Global History Project

The Global Mennonite History Project (GMHP) is a series of five books of history, one from each continental region. Writers from each region trace the origins, development and mission of the Anabaptist-related churches there, reflecting the experiences, understandings and perspectives of these churches. 

This fresh offering of history is the first time some of these churches have cooperated in telling their story in their own voice. Themes in one book differ from those in another. This telling of the story of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches is intended “to stimulate the renewal and extension of Anabaptist Christianity world wide.” The project helps readers to understand what the North American religious magazine Christia Century calls “the shift in church energy, leadership and numbers from North to South, from developed to developing nations.” 

The GMHP was initiated by Mennonite World Conference at its thirteenth global assembly in Calcutta, India in January 1997. The project is guided by an international organizing committee whose members represent all five continental regions. General editors are John A. Lapp and C. Arnold Snyder. Books are co-published by Good Books, Intercourse, Pennsylvania (USA) and Pandora Press, Kitchener, Ontario (Canada). 

The first volume, Anabaptist Songs in African Hearts, was released in 2003 at the fourteenth global assembly in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The second volume, Testing Faith and Tradition, the volume from Europe, was released in 2006. The histories of Latin American and Asian churches are also projected for release so as to conclude the series.

Already published:
Africa Volume: Anabaptist Songs in African Hearts
Europe Volume: Testing Faith and Tradition

Latin America Volume: Mission and Migration

Asia Volume: pending



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