Lent Planner

The 2015 Lent Planner will be on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
More details about the 2015 planner will be forthcoming. The description below of the 2014 event will give you an idea of what it will be like.


Encountering God: What Have We Witnessed?

Friday, January 17, 2014

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


Using the Mennonite Church Lent theme, "Encountering God: What Have We Witnessed?", this planner introduces leaders to lectionary-based resources for the season of Lent. The day will open ideas and opportunities for scripture presentations, children’s time, prayer, music and visual elements for the weeks of Lent. 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 Lent will find this a helpful day for experiencing the possibilities 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







Available soon.


  • $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

Details to be announced.


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