Speaking in tongues

Mennonites believe that the Holy Spirit empowers the church, is the source of our life in Christ, and is poured out on those who believe. We believe that the anointing of the Holy Spirit is offered to all people and is not limited to or demonstrated only by speaking in tongues. Mennonites do not believe that speaking in tongues is a requirement for salvation. We believe that some persons who have been anointed by the spirit have received that specific gift.  (See Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. )

The emphasis in the Mennonite Church is on the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church rather than emphasizing the importance of receiving certain gifts of the Spirit.

The Mennonite Church also believes that the fruits of the Spirit are important as we live a life of discipleship: love, joy, peace, an even temper, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self-control.