Short Courses

Short courses typically meet for four to six weeks.  Some are offered online; others meet face-to-face. Readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, assuming critical thinking skills and some previous academic study. No academic credit will be awarded, but Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to those who complete course requirements. Courses are not graded. These courses do not meet any requirement of the AMBS Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programs of study.

Online courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and written discussion. They typically don't involve live video conversations (as in a webinar) or other activities in which all class members come together at one time.

Face-to-face courses involve lecture and discussion, readings from textbooks and articles, and in some cases, short written assignments.

Short Course Offerings 2016–17

Anabaptist Short Courses

Anabaptist short courses provide a way for new Anabaptists and people seeking to deepen their ministry in the way of Jesus to engage Anabaptist history, thought and witness.

Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication 
Betty Pries, CMed, MTS, Ph.D. candidate
April 12 – May 23, 2017
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Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology 
Jamie Pitts, PhD
Sept. 13 – Oct. 25, 2017
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Bible Short Courses

Bible short courses provide a way for people seeking to deepen their faith and spiritual understanding to engage the Biblical text. Participants explore Scripture with the help of biblical scholars and a community of learners seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Make 4 Hours Count  
Mary H. Schertz, PhD
Oct. 26 – Dec. 6, 2016
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Biblical Foundations of Creation Care 
Ben Ollenburger, PhD
Feb. 15 – March 28, 2017
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Cursos Breves (Spanish-language short courses)

The Church Leadership Center also offers short courses in Spanish.

Los Peligros de la Escatología Popular y el Apocalipsis de Juan
Curso breve presencial en español
Loren Johns, Ph.D.
7–9 p.m., martes, Octubre 11, Octubre 25, Noviembre 1
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Kansas Center Short Courses

The Church Leadership Center also offered occasional face to face short courses in central Kansas through the AMBS Kansas Center.

Communities in Trauma:
Responding Biblically, Theologically, and Ethically

Ted Koontz, PhD, Gayle Gerber Koontz, PhD, John Murray, MATS, and Peter Goerzen, MDiv
7–9:30 p.m., Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 7, 2016
Location: Shalom Mennonite Church in Newton, 800 E 1st Street, Newton KS 67114
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Register online for Short Courses.


Before the early registration deadline,  cancellations will be refunded, less $50. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less $50, toward a future short course within one year. Refund credits must be requested within 1 week of the beginning of the event.