Where Culture Blurs Theology:
What is an Anabaptist Christian?
January 26–29, 2015
PhD, senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn. and author of numerous books including The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution (Zondervan, 2009).
MDiv, PhD student at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in Theology & Ethics. Drew is also pastor at Montco Bible Fellowship in Lansdale, Pa. and blogger at drewgihart.com
MDiv, director of Region V Operations for Mennonite Disaster Service and vice president, of Mennonite World Conference
Elizabeth Soto Albrecht
DMin, Moderator, Mennonite Church USA and Coordinator of Field Education at Lancaster Theological Seminary, Pa.
Pastors Week theme
What makes us Anabaptist? What makes us Mennonite? When being Mennonite is no longer defined by ethnic ties, what does it mean to be Anabaptist or Mennonite?
People are finding Mennonite churches through friendships, websites, books and other resources, but they are often surprised and sometimes disappointed by what they find. There is often a clash between who we are and who those coming to us think we are.
How do we honor and value each other’s ethnic heritage (including Russian and Swiss-German, as well as Kenyan and Ecuadoran and Hmong, etc.), rather than throwing out all that is strong and right and beautiful about these in favor of some kind of "post-ethnic" myth.
Four speakers 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?
We want to hear from many different people at Pastors Week this year. So we invite you to share your ideas and perspectives on the questions above. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, January 27 and 28, we will feature several brief (6-7 minute) presentations by Pastors Week attenders, addressing one of the questions. After the presentations we'll open the floor for responses.
We hope you will consider speaking to one or more of the questions and will complete the application to do that. We will select among applicants with a view to including a variety of voices. Application deadline is January 7. We will notify selected speakers by January 9.
Apply to speak to one or more questions.
Email the Church Leadership Center
or call: 574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627
Propose a response
Participants are invited to respond to the Pastors Week questions in afternoon sessions. Learn more at "What's Your Take..."
Learn more about these workshops offered on Monday before Pastors Week.
Continuing education units
Attending all Pastors Week plenary and workshop sessions earns 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Indicate if you would like to receive CEU credit when you register and pick up your CEU certificate when leaving the final session Thursday afternoon.
Lodging & transportation
Meals are non-refundable.
Care for children ages 1-5 is offered Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons, and Thursday morning.