Lifelong Learning with the
Church Leadership Center

Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, Church Leadership CenterA message from the Associate Dean for Leadership Education

Deepen your ministry, strengthen your skills and renew your vision with resources from the AMBS Church Leadership Center. Our highly qualified faculty guide theological reflection on ministry practice, provide wisdom on the “how-to’s” of ministry, and stir imagination for more effective spiritual leadership in a changing world. And you can achieve all of this in the midst of busy ministry assignments.

Whatever your ministry stage, lifelong learning resources from the Church Leadership Center can help you keep your ministry fresh, get connected to professors and colleagues, and remember why you do what you do.

It might be a webinar, a daylong workshop, or a three-day conference. It might be an online Anabaptist short course or a ten-day seminar extending over the year. It might be volunteering at AMBS, one day a week or for several weeks at a time, or just occasionally. Whatever step you decide to take next, we can enhance your ministry journey. — Jewel Gingerich Longenecker

Church Leadership Center events




The Circle Blog

The CircleThe latest post on Church Leadership Center blog, The Circle, comes from forthcoming Leadership Clinic presenter Meghan Good. In "The Word Word Red" she writes, "The Bible is a messy book full of screwed up people who are stumbling their way toward a glorious and mystifying God. Yet for centuries the church has made a living of smoothing and sanitizing Scripture."

Pastors Week 2015

Where culture blurs theology:
What is an Anabaptist Christian?

Presenters  Greg Boyd, Drew Hart, Janet Plenert, and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht will address questions such as:

  • What do you see in Anabaptism that's needed for the church today?
  • Where shall we find a vision for the Mennonite church in North America?
  • What binds us together as Anabaptists?

Anabaptist Short Courses

Anabaptist short courses provide a way for new Anabaptists and people seeking to deepen their ministry in the way of Jesus to engage Anabaptist history, thought and witness. Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, assuming critical thinking skills and some previous academic study. No credit will be awarded.