Comment on “Leaving Amish Paradise” documentary by Mark FitzGerald.
Charity Christian Fellowship is indeed a church where former Amish would feel at home and welcomed. It was begun by a former Amishman (not a bishop, however) and former Baptist, and has a unique ministry in Lancaster County and elsewhere. It has a wide outreach in that they are welcoming to people of non-plain background just discovering Anabaptism, as well as those who are from a plain background. They have succeeded in melding these two groups together. Members dress plainly but do not have a written Ordnung as do the Amish. As far as orthodoxy of faith and practice, Charity is certainly orthodox, just not as strict about externals as the various Old Orders would be.
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