Church Leadership Center Webinars

The Church Leadership Center offers webinars that feature worship resources and insights into pastoral care, theology and ministry. These online learning events offer a wide range of resource sessions that both complement and expand on the topics explored in on-campus workshops.

Connecting to a webinar

Connecting to a webinar requires at minimum a computer with reliable, high-speed internet access, and computer speakers or a telephone. Our webinars work best when the participant joins by computer audio and wears a headset. This is not mandatory, but doing so helps to eliminate feedback and distortions. A computer microphone (or headset) and/or a telephone with speakerphone capabilities can also be helpful. After registering online, participants receive an e-mail message prior to the start of the webinar with a Web link and password to access the webinar.

2014-2015 Webinars

Advent Planning

Thursday, October 16, 7:30-8:45 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Rachel Miller Jacobs.

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Pastors, worship leaders and musicians explore creative ideas for scripture, visuals, sermons, children’s worship and music for resources published in Leader magazine with the theme, “Oh, that you would reveal your mystery.” — Rachel Miller Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation, AMBS

A day-long Lent Planner workshop will be held at AMBS on Saturday, October 11. See


Additional webinars offered in the 2014-15 year will be announced here soon.

Recent webinars

Jubilee for Today

Thursday, March 6, 10:00-11:30 a.m. EST

Presenter: Kim Tan
Early registration deadline March 2.

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Dr. Tan, a highly successful biochemist and venture capitalist whose life was changed when he encountered John Howard Yoder’s teachings on Jubilee, will provide a short summary of his understanding of Jubilee and sabbatical principles, share his story of living out Jubilee principles as a young adult in intentional community with others, and talk about the implications of the “Jubilee Gospel” for his impressive business pursuits today. He will share how Jubilee principles guide his business ethics through socially responsible and environmentally sustainable development efforts around the world.


Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What’s Different and Why?

Wednesday, April 30, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Loren Johns
Early registration deadline April 24.

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In the 16th century, Anabaptists approached Scripture in ways that were both similar to and different from their fellow Catholics and other Protestants. This webinar will seek to understand those similarities and differences in light of today. Which of those approaches might we repudiate today, or nuance, or embrace whole-heartedly? What historical and theological developments in the centuries since the 16th have influenced today’s Mennonites more profoundly than did the Reformation? Along the way we will be learning what wisdom we can gain from both our Anabaptist forebears and from cross-cultural Bible study today.

Loren Johns, Ph.D., is Professor of New Testament at AMBS.


What is your Sermon Doing? Intending the Gospel in Preaching

Thursday, March 20, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Allan Rudy-Froese
Early registration deadline March 16.

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A common question asked of the preacher is, “What is your sermon about?” This webinar explores another important question for the preacher: “What is your sermon doing?” Sermons are more than educational – they do not simply convey information. Sermons do. At best, sermons do the gospel of Jesus Christ in a given time and place in a specific way. Another way of getting at what the sermon is doing is to ask “What is the main verb of this sermon?” Is this sermon meant to inspire, critique, encourage, judge, uplift, confound etc.? One main verb is enough. A sermon is confusing for the listener if it is doing too many things. This webinar explores the range of what sermons can do, and will offer guidelines for preachers to consider as they ponder integrating what the sermon is about and what it is doing.

Allan Rudy Froese is Assistant Professor of Christian Proclamation at AMBS.


  • Register at least 5 days in advance for an early registration rate of $45.
  • Register after early registration deadline, $55.
  • Cost for full-time AMBS students is $10.
  • Registration will close at noon the day before the webinar.
  • Webinar registration fees are nonrefundable.
  • Webinar privileges are non-transferable.

Webinar Policies

Read the policies here.

Group participation policy

Our webinars work best when participants join by computer audio and wear a headset. For this reason, it may be difficult for multiple people participating around one computer to have a satisfactory experience. While we don’t wish to discourage participation by multiple people, the Church Leadership Center will not be held responsible for any audio or video problems that may result. Please review the group participation policy before registering.

What to expect

A webinar is first and foremost a chance to hear, in real time, a speaker present his or her thoughts on a given topic. In addition to listening, there are usually opportunities to ask questions, send chat messages, or make comments directly to the speaker. However, a webinar is not a videoconference. To learn more, please review the webinar policies area.


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