Foundation Plan of Study

A foundational plan of study can be completed entirely at AMBS-Kansas Center with the possibility of online or hybrid courses offered by AMBS in Elkhart. This foundation plan of study is a variation of the AMBS Certificate in Theological Studies. It consists of the foundational courses required by the Western District and South Central conferences of Mennonite Church USA for ordination in those conferences.

To complete this program of study, a student completes a minimum of 27 credit hours. Course credits may apply toward a degree-granting program of study in the future. For detailed information, please see the AMBS Catalog, page 61.

The number following each course name indicates the number of credit hours for that course.

Program of study

Biblical story (6 hours required)
Reading the Bible    3
Teaching the Bible in the Congregation    3
What about the Bible? The Authority of Scripture for Christians    3
A Bible thematic study or book study    3
 or any Bible department elective approved by adviser    

Anabaptist-Mennonite story, theology, and convictions (6 hours required)
Anabaptist History and Theology      3
Global Mennonite History    3
Thinking Ethically  or any ethics elective    3
God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness    3
Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution    3
 or any relevantly-focused elective approved by adviser    

Christian spirituality/discipleship (5 hours required)
Foundations of Worship and Preaching     4
Any of the Spiritual Practices courses    1
History of Christian Spirituality    3
Biblical Spirituality    3
 or any relevantly-focused elective approved by adviser    

Self-understanding and awareness, emotional intelligence (3 hours required)
Family Systems and Pastoral Care    3
Human Development and Christian Formation    3   
Conflict, Communication and Conciliation    2 or 3
 or any relevantly-focused elective approved by adviser    

Contextual awareness (3 hours required)
Rural Ministry    1
Understanding the Church’s Contexts    3
Managing Differences in Faith Communities    1
Jerusalem Seminar    3
The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament, and Transformation 3
 or any relevantly-focused elective approved by adviser

Leadership (4 hours required)
Leadership in the 21st Century    2
Understanding and Managing Congregational Conflict    1
Leading Transformational Change    2
Mennonite Polity    1
Managing Differences in Faith Communities    1
 or any relevantly-focused elective approved by adviser

Total credit hours: 27