Diversity at AMBS

Students in the Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective course meet at the prayer labyrinth. (Credit: Peter Ringenberg)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary educates followers of Jesus Christ to be leaders for God’s reconciling mission in the world.

It is our vision to make theological education accessible to diverse Christians to reflect more fully God’s purposes of justice and reconciliation.

At AMBS we welcome, educate and equip for ministry all who join our learning community, regardless of age, race, religion, physical disability, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation. In addition to our statement of Values for our Work and Life Together, we are guided by the following commitments and policies.

"I believe that AMBS is the kind of learning community where everyone who wants to study the Scriptures and be equipped for service in the reign of God can thrive. It isn’t easy or straightforward to foster that kind of community, But if God is for us it must be possible to grow in our ability to reflect God’s love more perfectly." — David Boshart, Ph.D., President

From the Vice President and Academic Dean

“At AMBS I see the faculty’s dedication to rigorous and transformative theological training that illuminates the gospel of Jesus Christ as the gospel of peace, challenges colonialism and patriarchy, and seeks to dismantle the harmful effects of the Doctrine of Discovery. I see an intense desire among our administrators, faculty and staff to learn from the global Anabaptist story and from the wisdom of our siblings in the worldwide church. I see a place that extends hospitality to students across a theological spectrum to learn together what Anabaptist history, theology and approaches to Scripture can offer to a fractured and complex society.” — Beverly Lapp, Ed.D.

AMBS Conversation Covenant

“In our learning community at AMBS, we strive to create an ethos that fosters reconciling relationships so we are prepared for conflict’s inevitable appearance in our classrooms and  relationships. Frank, confident and trustful conversation is an essential part of our common learning as we engage in conversations that can be animated and enriching, and at times difficult or disturbing. To these conversations we bring the length and breadth of our assumptions, hopes, opinions and certainties into the formative power of Christian faith. Rather than avoid the issues around which passion and disagreement reside, we commit ourselves to remain in conversation with one another despite our differences as part of our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ (cf. Acts 15).” — Approved February 2015