Leadership Clinics

Leadership Clinics are day-long workshops that focus on topics related to leadership within the church.  Leadership Clinics are normally held the Monday of Pastors Week. While many Leadership Clinic participants also choose to attend Pastors Week, it is possible to register and attend one of these events without attending Pastors Week.

2016 Leadership Clinics

9am-3pm, day before Pastors Week, on campus

Monday, January 25, 2016

Early registration deadline is January 7.

Journey of Discovery: Bible Study with the Mind and Heart

Presenters: Mary Schertz, Professor of New Testament, AMBS
Rachel Miller Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation, AMBS

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Mary Schertz is Professor of New Testament at AMBS

Rachel Miller Jacobs is Assistant Professor of Congregational Formation at AMBS



Maybe Noah Had it Right After All: Disaster Preparedness as a Ministry Essential

Presenters: Kevin King, Executive Director, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)
Janet Plenert, Director of Canadian Operations, MDS, and VP, Mennonite World Conference

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Kevin King is Executive Director of Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS).

Janet Plenert is Director of Canadian Operations for MDS, and Vice- President of Mennonite World Conference.



Ecclesia as Apostolic Movement: A Look at Innovative Church Planting Practices

Presenters: Mauricio Chenlo, Denominational Minister, Mennonite Mission Network and MC USA 

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Mauricio Chenlo is Denominational Minister for Mennonite Mission Network and MC USA.



Trauma Healing & Ministry: Companions for the Journey

Presenters: Rebecca Slough, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Worship and the Arts, AMBS
Patricia Plude, Minister of Worship Arts, First Mennonite Church of San Francisco


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Rebecca Slough is Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Worship and the Arts at AMBS.

Patricia Plude is Minister of Worship Arts at First Mennonite Church of San Francisco.


Gathering for New Pastors

(Sunday 6 pm to Monday 4 pm)

Presenters: Terry Shue, Director of Leadership Development, Mennonite Church USA
Karen Martens Zimmerly, Denominational Minister, Mennonite Church Canada

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Pastors in their first years of ministry face many questions: How do my personal ministry gifts fit into and align with my new context? How do I navigate the unspoken and spoken expectations? What rhythms and practices will best provide me with the resilience needed to minister through these anxious times? In this Clinic pastors in their first three or four years of ministry will talk with each other and with leaders from Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA about the challenges and gifts of early ministry.

Terry Shue, M.Div., is director of leadership development for Mennonite Church USA following 23 years of pastoral experience serving in two congregations. Terry works to connect the efforts of our schools, conferences and congregational leaders to strengthen local congregations through calling out and training leader at all levels for the church. Terry lives in Ohio with his wife Kay.

Karen Martens Zimmerly is denominational minister for Mennonite Church Canada. She comes to her position with 21 years of pastoral ministry in two congregations and area church involvements. Karen welcomes opportunities to preach, teach and engage in conversation about calling and equipping leaders, healthy pastor/ congregational relationships and becoming multicultural congregations in order to be Christ?s church in today?s world. Karen lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Terry.




Early registration deadline January 7.


  • $65 before early registration deadline
  • $55 each for three or more from one congregation before early registration deadline
  • $75 after early registration deadline
  • Additional student discounts are available on the online registration form

Meals (non-refundable)

AMBS lunch $8.00.
Please pre-register.

Continuing Education Units

Attending a clinic will earn 0.4 CEU


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.

Contact us

Email the Church Leadership Center
or call:
574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627