Pastors Week

Where Culture Blurs Theology:
What is an Anabaptist Christian?

January 26–29, 2015

Featured presenters

Greg BoydGreg Boyd

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).

Drew HartDrew Hart

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

Janet PlenertJanet Plenert

MDiv, director of Region V Operations for Mennonite Disaster Service and vice president, of Mennonite World Conference

Elizabeth Soto AlbrechtElizabeth 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?

What’s Your Take on the Questions?

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.

Contact us

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..."


Register online


Pastors Week 2015 schedule


2015 Fees

Leadership Clinics

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

AMBS guest house lodging is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation to and from airports and train stations is also available for a fee.


2015 fees 
Meals are non-refundable.


Care for children ages 1-5 is offered Monday evening, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and afternoons, and Thursday morning.