Church Leadership Center Webinars

The Church Leadership Center offers webinars that feature insights into theology, ministry and pastoral careEach webinar will include the opportunity for participants to interact with the speakers by asking questions or making comments through audio or written chat.

Connecting to a webinar

Connecting to a webinar requires a computer with reliable, high-speed internet access, and computer speakers. Our webinars work best when the participant wears a headset. This is not mandatory, but doing so helps to eliminate feedback and distortions. After registering online, participants receive a link to a test webinar and an e-mail message prior to the start of the webinar with a Web link and password to access the webinar.

Fall Webinars

Greg Boyd on Anabaptism - Conversation 1

Thursday, September 17, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  Greg Boyd, PhD  
Several 90-minute video-conference conversations will take place between Greg Boyd and various church leaders during the 2015-16 school year. AMBS Professor David B. Miller will moderate these conversations.

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In this first conversation of the year we will invite Dr. Greg Boyd to describe his journey toward Anabaptism and what neo-Anabaptism means to him. We will ask him to discuss the implications of his neo-Anabaptist commitments for how he reads the Bible, views the nature of the church, and understands Jesus. He will also speak to some of the benefits and liabilities of being part of a denominational tradition. David B. Miller, AMBS Professor of Missional Leadership Development, will host. Participants will have the opportunity to make comments or send chat messages.

Greg Boyd, PhD is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn.  

David B. Miller is Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development at AMBS.




Where is the Good News for Rural Folk?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  S. Roy Kaufman, AMBS Sessional Faculty

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The context for churches/communities in rural America is dire.  Rural churches and communities continue to decline in numbers, services, and spirit.  Rural people continue to be disenfranchised by corporate interests, government policies, and technological innovations.  Traditional agrarian cultures are being usurped and dismantled by the mainstream culture.   Where is the Good News for rural folk?  How does the Gospel of Jesus Christ “take hold” in rural America?  This is a key issue for practitioners of ministry in rural communities.

This webinar will begin with a brief analysis of some of the forces of oppression—the “demons” that “possess” rural communities in North America (and the world).  The webinar will explore Jesus’ ministry in rural Galilee to see how Jesus engaged in community formation by casting out the demons of oppression under which the rural people of Galilee were living.  The webinar will explore how such a ministry of community formation might take place in the context of rural America in the lives of oppressed, declining rural congregations, enabling these congregations to become missional agents of change in their communities.  Current trends and cultural developments that provide opportunity and hope for rural communities will be discussed.

S. Roy Kaufman is an AMBS Sessional Faculty member.

How We Got the Bible

Thursday, October 29, 2015  2:00-3:30 p.m. EDT

Presenter:  Loren Johns, AMBS Professor of New Testament

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This webinar will explore the origin, canonical formation and canonical authority of Scripture. It will look at the influence of various communities in the production, transmission, translation, preservation and interpretation of Scripture. It will also focus on modern English translations with attention to the use of the Bible in the congregation.

Loren Johns is Professor of New Testament at AMBS.

Greg Boyd on Anabaptism: Engaging Drew Hart and “Anablacktivism” - Conversation 2

Thursday, November 12, 2015  2:00-3:30p.m. EST

Presenters: Greg Boyd, PhD, and  Drew G. I. Hart, blogger and PhD candidate 

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Drew G. I. Hart is a frequent speaker and blogger on issues of Christian discipleship, the church, and confronting racism, systemic oppression and violence. His research, focused on the intersection of Black theology and Anabaptism, invites us to consider the potential of “Anablacktivism” for inspiring Christ's followers to faithful action today. In this webinar we will invite Dr. Greg Boyd to discuss with Drew how the neo-Anabaptist movement in North America can engage Anablactivism and vice-versa. We will ask both Greg and Drew to consider how neo-Anabaptism both challenges and sometimes acquiesces to systems of injustice, and what can be done to harness the energy and wisdom of both efforts for the sake of God’s reign.

Greg Boyd, PhD is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn.

Drew G. I. Hart is a blogger and and PhD candidate at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

David B. Miller is Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development at AMBS.





Spring Webinars

Webinars featuring Greg Boyd in conversation with Meghan Good, Pastor of Albany (Oregon) Mennonite Church, and with Mauricio Chenlo, Denominational Minister for Church Planting for Mennonite Church USA, are planned for spring. Please check back for dates and times. 


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Registration will close at noon the day before the webinar.  

Webinar registration fees are nonrefundable and webinar privileges are non-transferable. 


  • Your first webinar is free!  Learn more.
  • Register at least 5 days in advance,  $45After deadline, $55. 
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