The Petitcodiac (N.B.) Mennonite Church Council is pictured during a meeting in 1996. Whether around a kitchen table or a purposely built boardroom, church councils are the administrative hub of most mainstream Mennonite congregations. But it was not always so. The rise of the church council as a lay decision-making body was achieved only in the last half-century in many congregations. How is the church council doing? What will be its future?
For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca.