Lent Planner

Upside Down and Inside Out

Saturday, January 17, 2015.

8:30 a.m.-3:30p.m. EST


Using as a starting point the Mennonite Church Lent theme, “Upside Down and Inside Out,” this planner is a resource for leaders interested in both lectionary-based worship planning and broader questions and issues in congregational worship. The day will include times of worship, opportunities to sink in deeply to the theological grounding for the season’s theme, and ideas and opportunities for specific movements of worship such as scripture presentations, children’s time, prayer, music and visual elements for the weeks of Lent. Worship resources published in Leader magazine provide an orienting point for the day’s explorations, so participants should bring a copy of the magazine or order one when registering for the workshop.
Worship planners and leaders in congregations who would like to observe Lent will find this a helpful day to experience some of the worship and faith formation potential of this season.


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

Rosanna Eller McFadden, MDiv, is part of the pastoral team at Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart.

Safwat Marzouk, PhD, is the AMBS Assistant Professor of Old Testament.

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


Friday, January 17, 2014




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


12:00 PM

Lunch and table talk

Dining Hall


Music and other arts for Lent

Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount


Expanding the options



Imagining the possibilities



Closing worship







Register online for the 2015 Lent Planner workshop.

Early registration deadline is January 4.


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

Additional student discounts are available on the online registration form.

Meal information

Lunch is available for $8 for those who have  pre-paid. Meals are non-refundable.


Lodging for participants who travel from a distance may be available for a fee at the seminary guest house. Contact the AMBS receptionist, 574.295.3726 ext. 0, to check availability. Please make payment arrangements for lodging with her.

Continuing education units

Participants earn 0.5 CEUs for attending Lent Planner.

Lent Webinar

A webinar for Lent worship planning is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. EST.


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.

For more information

Contact the Church Leadership Center