What’s happening in Assembly worship services?

Everyone can travel to Indonesia for this year’s Mennonite World Conference hybrid Assembly. Around 1250 will do so in person, while thousands of others will visit Indonesia through screens. 

Through a daily “Panorama Indonesia” presentation, participants follow Jesus across barriers by sampling the multifaceted ministry activities of three host synods.* 

Each Assembly plenary session opens with a period of singing. An international ensemble choir and local band lead singing from the international songbook, compiled anew for each Assembly. “Participants will recognize old favourites and learn new ones,” says Benjamin Bergey, Assembly 17 music coordinator. (Click here to learn more) 

Inspiring speakers from each continental region – including Young AnaBaptist leaders – will teach on the daily themes. (Click here to see morning and evening speakers ) 

In the morning sessions, one of the four MWC Commissions will discuss their work of breaking barriers and building communion among Anabaptist-Mennonites across the world. 

The evening sessions will be hosted at a different location each night. “This way, online participants can ‘travel’ around Java, seeing the local church gathered in worship,” says Liesa Unger, chief international events officer. (Click here to learn about the host congregations).

  • Delegates from the Global Youth Summit will share how they learned, served and worshipped through “Life in the Spirit.” 
  • President-elect Henk Stenvers from the Netherlands will be introduced. 
  • Representatives of Meserete Kristos Church will extend the invitation to the next Assembly in Ethiopia in 2028. 

Renewal 2022 will take place at the closing celebration worship service on Sunday morning. “This series of events commemorates the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Anabaptist movement, remembering the past, and looking ahead to how God will shape us in the future,” says John D. Roth, Faith and Life Commission secretary and Renewal 2028 coordinator. (Click here to learn about prior Renewal events).

There are five evening worship services 5-10 July 2022 in Indonesia. These livestreams may occur at mid-afternoon or early morning in your local time, depending on location. (Click here to learn how to find Assembly sessions in your local time

There are five morning plenary services 6-10 July 2022 in Indonesia. These may be livestreamed in the evening, during sleeping hours, or early in the morning where you are. (Click here to find Assembly sessions in your local time

*Today, there are three Anabaptist-Mennonite groups in Indonesia:  

  • Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa (GITJ – Evangelical Church in the Land of Java)  
  • Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia (GKMI – Muria Christian Church of Indonesia)   
  • Jemaat Kristen Indonesia (JKI – Indonesian Christian Congregation)


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