Spiritual life

At Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, nurturing our relationship with God is as important as challenging our minds. Resources are varied, so each person has opportunities to discover God in new ways and to strengthen familiar practices of faith.


Chapel services

Chapel services in the Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount bring the community together two times a week regularly. Services can include preaching, intercessory prayer, music, drama and communion.

Prayer Services

Each semester, different prayer services are scheduled for students, faculty and staff to join. Often these services are held in the smaller Chapel of the Word in Waltner Hall. These may include:

  • Intercessory prayer.
  • Praying the Daily Office: Using Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book
  • Centering prayer
  • Evening Song and Prayer: Services of singing, prayer, scripture reading and silence, patterned after the Taizé community in France, are offered several times during fall and spring semesters.

Spiritual Formation Program

Courses, seminars, retreats and spiritual guidance help students develop disciplines for growing in faith. These resources nurture awareness of God's presence and give guidance in to the ministry and mission experience of the student.

Spiritual retreats

Spiritual retreats focusing on disciplines for spiritual life, different ways of praying and new avenues for experiencing God at work. Several retreats are offered each semester and are coordinated by the campus pastor.

The Pilgrim’s Way

A labyrinth in the meadow on the AMBS campus provides outdoor space for reflection and prayer.

Spiritual direction

Several AMBS faculty, retired faculty members and trained spiritual directors in the area are available to provide a mentoring relationship to students for nurturing greater awareness of God’s presence. Spiritual directors meet with students for a one-hour session approximately once each month during the school year. For more information, contact the campus pastor.