Advent Planner

2014 Advent Planner will be Saturday, October 11, 2014.


More details about the 2014 planner will be forthcoming.  The description below of the 2013 event will give you an idea of what it will be like.


"O the Mystery of God's Dwelling"

Friday, September 20, 2013
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT

Using the Mennonite Church Advent theme, "O the Mystery of God's Dwelling", this workshop introduces leaders to the lectionary-based resources for the season of Advent.  The day will open ideas and opportunities for scripture presentations, children's time, prayer, music and visual elements for the weeks of Advent.  Worship resources published in Leader magazine provide the foundation of the day's explorations. Participants should bring a copy of the magazine or order one when registering for the workshop.

Worship planners and leaders in congregations observing Advent will find this a helpful day for experiencing the possibilities and faith formation potential of this season.


Rebecca Slough, Ph.D., is the AMBS Academic Dean and Associate Professor for Worship and the Arts.

Rosanna Eller McFadden, M.Div., is on the pastoral team at Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart.

Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D., is the AMBS Assistant Professor of Christian Proclamation.

Rachel Miller Jacobs, M.Div., is the AMBS Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation.






8:00 AM

Registration (hot drinks provided)

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Welcome and introduction to the day

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Opening retreat



Orientation to the season, worship theme and resources



Sample service



Observations and questions


11:45 AM

Lunch and table talk

Dining Hall


Music and other arts for Advent

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Expanding the options



Imagining the possibilities



Worship on Christmas Sunday: Gifts and challenges



Closing worship







Available soon.


  • $65 before the early registration deadline
  • $55 each for three or more from one congregation before early registration deadline
  • $75 after early registration deadline

 Student discounts are available on the online registration form.

Meal Information

A boxed lunch is available for an additional $10.  Please pre-register for lunch or plan to eat off campus. Meals are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Units

Participants may earn 0.5 CEUs for attending Advent Planner.

Advent Webinar

A webinar for Advent Planning is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. EDT.


Before the early registration deadline, cancellations will be refunded, less $25. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less $25, toward a future day-long workshop within one year. Refund credits must be requested within 24 hours of the event.


Email the Church Leadership Center
or call:
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627