Many languages, but one in Christ

“The [MWC] logo always reminds me that the whole world is one in Christ despite the many languages,” says Donna Ndlovu. She hosted a couple from India in her home during the 2003 Assembly in Zimbabwe. 

The simple Mennonite World Conference logo wraps the globe with a cross as bands stretch around, uniting the edges. Used as the complete signature, it includes MWC’s name and tagline in all three official languages aligned above a colour bar. The logo appears on MWC’s website and all published materials.

Non-verbal communication 

Glenn Fretz, a designer from Ontario, Canada, designed the logo in 1976. It was first applied on presentation materials at Assembly 10 in Wichita, Kansas, USA, in 1978.

“MWC is unique in that it communicates with its readers in many languages,” says Glenn Fretz. “People whose language is not one of the official ones also need to relate to the organization. Therefore, the use of visual elements – like the symbol and the colour bars – provide a quick, non-verbal connection with MWC. By using the identity elements consistently and accurately in all communications, MWC and its members will support each others’ efforts to provide a clearly identifiable message to all of its audiences.”

Many designers have created various materials for MWC with the simple, recognizable logo. 

At present, the visual aspects of MWC’s materials are created by Yosephine Sulistyorini, GKMI church member and a graphic designer living in Indonesia.

“The simple identity guidelines provide a framework,” says Yosephine Sulistyorini. “I can design creative visuals that are easy to associate with MWC.”

Pictured: Donna Ndlovu

The symbol of MWC is also easy to reproduce graphically or freehand: “I have seen children at Sunday school enjoy drawing this logo,” says Nelson G. Muzarabani, secretary general of the Brethren in Christ Church in Zimbabwe.

Invitation to join 

In 2003, “the whole of Bulawayo could be distinguished that those people with bags were going to [MWC Assembly],” says Dumile Rauzhi Mahlangu. “Most people that were not involved wanted to join and see what was happening there.” 

“The MWC logo on bags t-shirt and other regalia is quite vivid,” says Nelson G. Muzarabani. “Our church members still carry their Bibles in those bags to our conferences almost 18 years later.”

Your national church and local congregation can use the logo to show that you belong. MWC has created a downloadable images to post a badge on your website.

Click here to download:

Image for congregations

Image for national church