Amish Culture

The Difference Between Amish and Mennonite

The Difference Between Amish and Mennonite

Amish or Mennonite? What is the difference?

“How do you know they are Mennonite, and not Amish?” It's a question we frequently heard asked as our family grew up around the Amish and Mennonite communities.

While they share numerous similarities, this question is more complicated than one might think. Both Amish and Mennonite are very diverse groups, and both originate from a similar cultural and religious heritage.

The major differences between Old Order Amish and Mennonites are their practices rather than their beliefs.