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 a computer with reliable, high-speed internet access, and computer speakers. Our webinars work best when the participant wears a headset. This is not mandatory, but doing so helps to eliminate feedback and distortions. After registering online, participants receive a link to a test webinar and 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

Wedding Planning: An Anabaptist Approach

Wednesday, November 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Janice Yordy Sutter

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Ever feel stressed and perplexed as you work with a couple on wedding planning?  How do you navigate the big, fluffy pageantry while bringing a focus on Christ and the ministry of the Christian community?

In this webinar we’ll talk about the logistics of working with a couple to plan the service, and of leading the rehearsal and wedding.  There is room for creativity that reflects the individual couple, and ritual that gives a common voice for asking God’s blessing on the couple and pledging the support of the gathered community.  This webinar will also provide space to muse about our role as pastors and leaders in helping couples and congregations participate in and celebrate this ministry of blessing.

Budgeting Basics...and Beyond

Tuesday, November 25, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Beryl Jantzi, Everence Stewardship Education Director

Description forthcoming.

Lent Planning

Thursday, February 5, 7:30-8:45 p.m. EST

Presenter: Rachel Miller Jacobs.

Description forthcoming.


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

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST

Presenter: Loren Johns

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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.

Living in the Belly of the Whale: What Jonah Teaches Us About Preaching

Tuesday, March 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  Allan Rudy-Froese

Description forthcoming.


Funeral Planning: An Anabaptist Approach

Wednesday, April 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Janice Yordy Sutter

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Some of the most beautiful work of a congregation can be the grieving, surrounding, preparing, and faith-proclaiming that happen at the death of a loved one.  This is a time to listen deeply to one another, to share stories, to comfort, to grieve, to reflect on one’s own life, and to depend on Christ to whom we belong in both life and death (Romans 14:8-9).

In this webinar we’ll talk about the logistics of planning and leading funerals and memorial services.  As a leader of a community of faith, the pastor has a unique role in helping to shape a service that enables the expression of grief and remembering in ways that assist with healing, while giving voice to the hope of our Christian faith.  This webinar will also give attention to the role of the congregation in the funeral, and the pastor’s part in assisting the congregation in doing its important work.


Where is the Good News for Rural Folk?

Wednesday, May 6, 2:00-3:30p.m. EDT

Presenter:  S. Roy Kaufman

Description forthcoming




Register online for a webinar.

  • 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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