Foundation plan of study

The AMBS–Great Plains Extension offers a foundational plan of study with 27 credit hours, which can be completed entirely at the extension site in central Kansas. 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.

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To receive this certificate, a student completes a minimum of 27 credit hours. These courses are similar to courses offered on the AMBS Elkhart campus. Course credits may apply toward a degree-granting program of study in the future. For detailed information, please see the AMBS Catalog, page 69.

Program of study

Bible - 6 hours required

GP:BIB500 – Reading the Bible - 3
Any BIB Bible book study - 3
Any BIB elective – 3

History, Theology, and Ethics - 6 hours required

GP:HTE527 – Christian Theology 1 - 3
GP:HTE541 – Thinking Ethically or Ethics elective - 3
GP:HTE520 – Anabaptist History and Theology or GP:HTE602 – Global Mennonite History - 3
GP:HTE644 – Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, and Revolution - 3

Church and Ministry - 15 hours required

GP:CHM621 – Foundations of Worship and Preaching – 4
GP:CHM503 – Spiritual Practices: Prayer or GP:CHM505 – Scripture – 1
GP:CHM631 – Family Systems and Pastoral Care – 3
GP:CHM531 – Human Development and Christian Formation – 3
GP:CHM633 – Conflict, Communication and Conciliation – 2 (or 3)
GP:CHM659 – Understanding the Church’s Contexts – 3
GP:CHM500 – God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness - 3
GP:CHM632 – Managing Differences in Faith Communities – 1
GP:CHM557 – Christian Encounter with World Faiths – 3
GP:CHM562 – Congregational Song: Practices Past and Present – 3
GP:CHM621 – Leadership in the 21st Century – 3
GP:CHM541 – Christian Formation in the Congregation – 2 (or 3)
GP:CHM513 – Christian Ritual in Worship – 2
GP:INT689 – Supervised Ministry Experience – 3
Clinical Pastoral Education - 3

Colloquia – TBD

Special topical colloquia may be offered from time to time. Typically, colloquia meet weekly for one hour per semester.

Total credit hours: 27