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AMBS receives approval to educate United Methodist pastors

Mary E. Klassen

April 10, 2013

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has received approval from the University Senate of The United Methodist Church to prepare pastors for ordained ministry.

In fall 2012, AMBS and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., began a partnership, endorsed by the University Senate, that allows students to prepare for ministry in the United Methodist Church. Now, based on the agreement between the two schools, AMBS is “approved, without qualification, for the education of candidates for ordained ministry.”

Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS president, said, “We look forward to welcoming more United Methodist students to our learning community. We will be enriched by what we can learn from them and trust that as together we study God’s Word and God’s mission, we will all become more faithful disciples and leaders for the church.”

United Methodist students seeking the Master of Divinity degree will complete a 90-credit-hour program of study, fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The program of study includes 15 credit hours from G-ETS, which earn the student a certification in United Methodist studies. These courses are often offered in an online format, making it convenient for students who live in northern Indiana and southern Michigan to meet this requirement.

For further information, contact AMBS, [email protected]