Its distinguishing features included putting Jesus at the centre of our understanding of the Christian faith, emphasis on new birth and discipleship in the power of the Spirit, establishment of believers’ churches free from state control, commitment to economic sharing, and a vision of restoring New Testament Christianity.
It drew adherents primarily from poorer sections of the community, though early leaders included university graduates, monks and priests. Assessing its numerical strength is difficult, because it was driven underground by persecution; it certainly influenced many more people than those baptised as members…” (Source: The Anabaptist Network in the UK).
Nomad (UK) recently had a conversation with Stuart Murray, author of such influential books as: Church After Christendom, Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World, and most recently The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith (pub. 2010).
You will find the conversation here.