Advent Planner

"Oh,That You Would Reveal Your Mystery"

Saturday, October 11, 2014
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT

Using the Mennonite Church Advent theme, "Oh,That You Would Reveal Your Mystery," this planner introduces pastors, worship leaders and musicians to lectionary-based resources for the season of Advent and Christmas. Worship resources published in Leader magazine provide foundation for exploring ideas and Scripture presentations, visuals, children's time, prayers and music. Participants should bring a copy of the magazine or order one when registering for the workshop.

Worship planners and leaders in congregations observing Advent will find this a helpful day for experiencing the possibilities and faith formation potential of this season.


Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, is the AMBS Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation.

Rosanna Eller McFadden, MDiv, is on the pastoral team at Creekside Church of the Brethren in Elkhart.

Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD, is the AMBS Assistant Professor of Christian Proclamation.





8:00 AM

Registration (hot drinks provided)

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Welcome and introduction to the day

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Opening retreat



Orientation to the season, worship theme and resources



Sample service



Observations and questions


11:45 AM

Lunch and table talk

Dining Hall


Music and other arts for Advent

Chapel of the
Sermon on the Mount


Expanding the options



Imagining the possibilities



Worship on Christmas Sunday: Gifts and challenges



Closing worship








A webinar, Advent Planning, on October 16, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., will explore these resources for people who are unable to join the on-campus workshop.


Early registration deadline is September 28.


  • $65 before the early registration deadline
  • $55 each for three or more from one congregation before early registration deadline
  • $75 after early registration deadline

 Student discounts are available on the online registration form.

Meal Information

Lunch is available for $8 for those who have  pre-paid. Meals are non-refundable.

Continuing Education Units

Participants may earn 0.5 CEUs for attending Advent Planner.

Advent Webinar

A webinar for Advent Planning is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. EDT.


Before the early registration deadline, cancellations will be refunded, less $25. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less $25, toward a future day-long workshop within one year. Refund credits must be requested within 24 hours of the event.


Email the Church Leadership Center
or call:
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627