22 responses to The Amish Church District
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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on The Amish Church District (June 7th, 2007 at 05:14)

    This is a great website! I’m glad I found it. I have recently moved close to Landcaster – and have become quite enamored with the Amish way of life – not having seen anything like it before. They are a very intersting group of people – and I think have a lot to teach us in regards to personal piouty and possibly holiness. Although I don’t agree with many of their conclusions regarding scripture (I’m of the reformed/calvinist persusaion) – they at least have successfully proven that it is possible to be seperate from – but still in the world. For that I have great respect and admiration of them.

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (June 7th, 2007 at 09:47)

    Thanks Dave! I agree that we non-Amish can learn a good bit from them, just so long as we don’t fall into the trap of lionizing them.

    Enjoy Lancaster–I will be working and doing research there for about two months this summer, and looking forward to it.

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (June 11th, 2007 at 11:58)

    Fascinating post. Do you know how the Bishop is selected? I seem to recall hearing that it’s entirely ordained by God thru random selection (a marker in an hymnal and whoever picks up that book is the Man), but I don’t know if this is really correct information.

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    Comment on Voting to select Amish ministers (June 13th, 2007 at 07:41)

    Voting to select Amish ministers

    Thanks Melissa…for ministers, there is a vote among the congregation, and generally if someone receives two or more nominations they proceed to the second round…this is when everyone turns in their books and the marker is placed for one to randomly choose. So there is an element of community selection and the work of God as well (you could argue God works in the voters’ selection too I suppose). Apparently it’s all a pretty emotional event, with the chosen one and others often weeping, much from the realization of the new burden upon the man.

    As far as the Bishop goes, he’s usually selected from among the two to four already ordained ministers. To be honest I am not sure if they use the book method, I will have to check.

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (June 19th, 2007 at 19:42)

    I asked a minister I know, the bishop is chosen from among the church’s ministers, to be considered there are a couple of pre-requisites, and then they use the same verse-in-a-hymnal method.

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      Comment on The Amish Church District (March 4th, 2013 at 04:18)

      I tried but could not understand the bishop and minister selection process. Please explain differently, without shortcuts.

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        Comment on The Amish Church District (March 4th, 2013 at 05:04)

        Hello Piotr, you might want to read the chapter “leadership” in John Hostetlers book “Amish Society”, Johns Hopkins 3. ed. 1980, pp. 108-113

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        Comment on The Amish Church District (March 4th, 2013 at 09:20)

        Piotr, “The Amish Way” (p 51-53) also has an excellent description of this selection process:


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    Comment on The Amish Church District (October 6th, 2007 at 11:27)

    Is there anyway to hire the Amish or Mennonite to do house work for the general population? I mean like putting in windows, roofing things like that?

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (October 7th, 2007 at 10:48)

    Nicole, it is definitely possible, for many of the Amish crews, jobs done for English people makes up a majority of their work.

    What area do you live near?–perhaps I know of someone in the area if you’d like me to put you in touch.

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (February 24th, 2008 at 14:30)

    We were driving around rural South Mississippi a few days ago in the Carnes, Brooklyn, Wiggins area, and were surprised to see an Amish Share the Road sign on one of the back roads. Where is the Amish community? Or, do you know?

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (February 27th, 2008 at 01:34)

    Hi maedeans, I don’t know exactly offhand, but sounds like you were right on top of it! One thing is certain–there are not many Amish districts in Mississippi so you were in one of the very few.

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (June 4th, 2009 at 10:21)

    Is there a way to figure out exactly where the districts are in a particular county in NY State? I know there is a large Amish and Mennonite community in mid-southern Seneca County, but I am also trying to find where they are located in other counties throughout the state. Are the locations of the church congregations notated anywhere by state?

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    Comment on The Amish Church District (August 26th, 2010 at 22:24)

    Hi, I have really enjoyed this site. Do you know if the amish have any publications about their doctrine of their women not cutting their hair and also wearing headcoverings? I would really be interested in learning more about that. Thanks 🙂

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    Comment on The Truth in Word and Work (September 2nd, 2010 at 12:44)

    The Truth in Word and Work

    Amy, wow, just saw that I missed your comment from a year back! if you are still out there, i am working on something that might help, which will be coming out on the blog soon.

    Laura, thanks a lot, i appreciate you taking the time to visit. There is a very good publication called The Truth in Word and Work put out by the New Order Amish in Holmes County, which does explain Amish belief on Plain clothing, women, and so on. I am not sure but it may be available at Raber’s Bookshop near Charm. Raber’s does mail order, let me know if you need the address

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    Kathleen Kilb
    Comment on Mennonite schools in Ky (October 19th, 2011 at 12:17)

    Mennonite schools in Ky


    We moved to Kentucky 2 years ago. I know there is an Amish community (and Mennonite) in crab Orchard. I heard there is a Mennonite school there. Do you know if they allow outsiders to attend?


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    Comment on Great website for a researcher! (March 4th, 2013 at 00:12)

    Great website for a researcher!

    I’m writing a few articles about the Amish and Mennonites, for my Polish audience, who is deprived of it even on Polish Wikipedia.
    The aerticles on your website explain and supplement information available from other websites and Wiki.

    An Orthodox Christian by choice as an adult, I find the conservative Mennonite and Amish faith and culture fascinating, would like to study their life firsthand. Are there such possibilities in the US or Ontario? Please write to my e-address.

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      Comment on The Amish Church District (March 4th, 2013 at 09:27)

      Piotr, glad if the site is of help. There are definitely such possibilities, from university study to firsthand interaction with members of whatever faith you are interested in. Your question is broad though, so I’m not quite sure how to direct you.

      Given your language, if it’s of interest I wrote a book on the Amish for Polish readers, published last year in Polish.


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        Comment on The Amish Church District (March 4th, 2013 at 11:38)

        I don’t need to write any articles then 🙂

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    Comment on Where are the horses? (March 5th, 2013 at 03:02)

    Where are the horses?

    Awesome pics, but what happened to the horses?
    Are they fed during the service – pasture spring-fall, hay in winter?

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      Comment on Horses at Amish church (March 5th, 2013 at 08:22)

      Horses at Amish church

      They’re tied up and provided with water and hay. They have about a 4-hour wait until the first ones will start leaving.

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    Comment on Deacon & Bishops (September 25th, 2017 at 11:29)

    Deacon & Bishops

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if there was a list of names for the Bishops and Deacons for every Amish district in northern Indiana? We were told we should talk to an Amish Bishop in the New Haven area but we cannot find a name of who need to speak with.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Isaac Lemler
    my email is: Isaac0280@yahoo.com

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