Want to explore seminary study?
At AMBS, students may take up to two courses for credit without having been admitted to one of our degree or certificate programs, with a limit of one course per term.
If you are not an admitted student at AMBS and not enrolled at another seminary, college or university, your first AMBS course for credit is 50 percent off regular tuition rates. (Grebel and CMU students, see this exception.)
If you’d like to take one of the courses listed below, choose the registration form that best applies to you at this link:
Campus courses that are open to auditors are designated below either with “Open to auditors” or “Auditors: consult with instructor.” (Online and hybrid courses cannot be audited.) See also FAQ: Auditing courses.
Questions? Contact the Registrar’s Office, or download the current course list and block schedule for details.
Please note that the courses listed below are entry-level courses without prerequisites. The complete list of course offerings is available here.
Intensive Term, 2019–20
Campus Session 2
June 8–25, 2020
Tuition due: June 1, 2020
Face-to-face courses meet on the AMBS campus in Elkhart. Classroom sessions have accompanying assignments outside of each class session. While these courses have online requirements, classroom learning is a central element of the course. Download a course list and block schedule.
COVID-19 update: Currently we are planning for Session 2 courses to meet on campus every weekday morning in a spacious classroom in order to provide ample distance between persons. If this is determined to not be safe or possible, these courses will meet over the same timespan via video conferencing and with other online components. With final work due on July 2 or as communicated by the professor, students can expect to devote approximately 8 hours per weekday during the term for this course (3 hours in class and 5 hours for study).
Since narrative is an essential form of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, storytelling is an important way of interpreting the Bible and communicating its message. In this course we will learn to embody biblical stories in a variety of styles for a variety of purposes. Whether they are used for worship, preaching, teaching, pastoral care, or for fun, biblical stories are the building blocks of our Christian faith.
This course focuses on helping students learn and/or further their skills as reflective practitioners who integrate knowing, being, and doing in service of their commitment to peace theo-ethics. Nonviolence is more than an idea, and it is also more than an ideal; it is a set of values and beliefs we express with our bodies. This course is also shaped by Richard J. Foster’s Streams of Living Water — the six spiritual traditions of Christian faith. We will focus on the social justice tradition in particular, the stream of Christianity that transforms us to live the Compassionate Life. More than an expression of activism, Christian nonviolence is an expression of the Compassionate Life. This is the reality students will explore by putting nonviolence into physical, emotional, and spiritual practice using Anabaptist understandings of incarnation, theological anthropology, atonement, and reconciliation as the theological foundation of our work. The theoretical components of the course include nonviolent communication, confessional Bible study, and theopoetics. Open to all students, this course is recommended before the MATPS Internship.
Semester One, 2020–21
Online registration for 2020–21 will be available soon. View/download a PDF of the Semester One course offerings.