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Pastors Week encourages unity through diverse points of view

Mary E. Klassen

November 1, 2013

In a national and global climate of divisiveness, Pastors Week, Jan. 27–30, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary will explore how different points of view can bring unity and clarity.

“Help me see Jesus! Help me see, Jesus!” is the theme that will link presentations from five points of view by five AMBS professors. These presenters believe that helping the congregation focus on Jesus is an essential leadership task, and that diverse points of view make the picture of Jesus clearer.

Presenters are:

  • Rachel Miller Jacobs, D.Min., who believes the Bible is best read in diverse communities;
  • Andy Brubacher Kaethler, Ph.D., who asks Christians to be readers of both the Bible and culture;
  • Safwat Marzouk, Ph.D., who invites faith communities to think critically about how they see “the other”;
  • Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., who challenges us to be oriented by Scripture and attuned to global currents of Anabaptism; and
  • Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D., who encourages pastors to embody God’s gift of words.

Others involved in Pastors Week include Cyneatha Millsaps and Janeen Bertsche Johnson, worship leaders; and Willard Swartley, joining the five other presenters as a workshop resource person.

Pastors Week is an annual AMBS event, offering congregational leaders an opportunity for learning, worship and fellowship. Details and registration are available at www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek.

During the day on Jan. 27, before Pastors Week begins in the evening, AMBS offers three Leadership Clinics. This year’s offerings include the place of Anabaptism in our current post-modern context, ministering with sex offenders in the congregation, and an opportunity for new pastors to learn from each other about challenges and gifts of early ministry. Details at www.ambs.edu/leadershipclinics.