November 25, 2008

Mennonite Church in Vietnam given legal recognition

Ekklesia reports that the government in Hanoi has legalized the Vietnam Mennonite Church, in a move that Anabaptists hope will end the tensions and difficulties of the past and open up new possibilities for the country and for Christians.

With full legal status the church can now hold corporate title to real estate property, establish a Bible Institute for training pastors and leaders, forge relationships with other denominations to sponsor joint projects, serve as an official partner with Mennonite Central Committee in relief and community development work, extend and accept invitations for international conferences, and more.

The assembly confirmed the church's purpose: “to worship the triune God and love all people according to the Word of the Lord in the Holy Bible, live the gospel, serve God, serve the country and the people."