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influences & beliefs

12 scriptures

In 2013, Houston Mennonite Church chose 12 Scriptures to represent us and our core values. As you can imagine, this was no easy task and there was a lot of discussion before the selection was finalized.

These are the 12 foundational Scriptures for Houston Mennonite Church. Links go to that passage in The Voice translation of the Bible. If you prefer, you can find the 12 Scriptures represented in pictures here.

On a Journey With God

Psalm 23​

The Peaceable Kingdom

Isaiah 2:4 and 11:6 - 9

Seeking This Peace

Jeremiah 29:7; 11 - 13

What does the Lord require?

Micah 6:6 - 8

Jesus' Agenda

Luke 4:17 - 19

Becoming Love

Matthew 22:37 - 40

The Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5 - 7

On a Journey With Jesus

Luke 9:23 - 25

Being Transformed By God

Romans 12:1 - 2

Becoming God's Diverse People

Galatians 3:26, 28

Becoming God's Christ-Like People

Philippians 2:1 - 11

Becoming God's People in Exile

1 Peter 2:9 - 11

other influences & resources

The Gospel Next Door

Former Pastor of HMC, Marty Troyer's, first book was published in 2016. Called The Gospel Next Door, the book uses Houston as the starting point for exploring how to live out Jesus' call to love our neighbor, starting right where we are. If you want to know more about Houston Mennonite Church - read The Gospel Next Door.

The Naked Anabaptist

In churches and kitchens and neighborhood centers across the world, communities of Jesus-followers are crafting a vision of radical service, simple living, and commitment to peace. Many are finding a home in a Christian tradition almost five centuries old: Anabaptism.

Who are the Anabaptists? What do they believe? Where did they come from? What makes them different from other Christians? And can you become an Anabaptist without leaving your own church?

Follow author Stuart Murray as he peels back the layers to reveal the core convictions of Anabaptist Christianity, a way of following Jesus that challenges, disturbs, and inspires. Glimpse an alternative to nationalistic, materialistic, individualistic Christian faith. If you are seeking a community of authentic discipleship, heartfelt worship, sacrificial service, and radical peacemaking, consider this your invitation.


The Holding it (,) Together podcast is a production of The Mennonite, and Mennonite Church USA’s Women in Leadership.  

This podcast dives into lives and experiences of people across Mennonite Church USA. Connect with folks from all over the country: people living into the fullness of who God created them to be, people stepping out in faith and standing in their conviction, individuals who are doing their best, one day at a time, to love God and neighbor, midwifing new systems and new ways of being in the world.


On this podcast, we want to notice the beauty of the process, to paint pictures of authentic and whole people. Here, we recognize that to live out our convictions and co-create new ways of being in the world, we need one another. We need each other to hold together with us all that we carry in our journey of becoming. We need each other to bear witness to the process, because yes, some days we do shine, we are successful beyond our wildest imaginings.


But most days, we’re just holding it together.

Ten Thousand Villages

Started by Mennonites in the 1970s as "Self Help Crafts of the World", Ten Thousand Villages is a source of Fair Trade goods ranging from jewelry to soap. The Houston store closed its doors at the end of 2016 after more than 15 years, but purchases can still be made online, and Houston Mennonite Church operates a small Fair Trade store (mainly grocery items, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, olive oil, and soap) on Sunday mornings.

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Mennonite Disaster Service

Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches responding in Christian love to those affected by disasters in the United States.

Mennonite Church USA

Official website of the Mennonite Church in the USA. Learn about the Anabaptist denomination. HMC is a member congregation of MC USA through the Western District Conference.

Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

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