Pastors Week

The Bible Says What? Discovering Scripture Anew in Jesus' Company

January 26–29, 2016

Monday 7pm to Thursday 12:30pm

Presentations are geared to pastors and other leaders, but all are welcome!

Christians have long claimed the Bible as a central source of authority for faith and life. Yet churchgoers today are often at a loss as to how to interpret Scripture when dealing with difficult questions.

Like us, Jesus and the people of his time faced many contentious religious and political issues. Like us, they had to figure out how to respond to their “hot-button” issues in light of the commands and stories of the Holy Scripture they loved and revered. Today we don’t think of their issues as controversial. “Plucking grain on the Sabbath” or “eating with defiled hands” doesn’t faze us. But Jesus was interpreting and re-interpreting the ancient, divinely inspired Scriptures of the Jewish community to address these difficult issues. And he was working with Scripture in ways that would surprise Christians on all sides of today’s theological and political debates.

Come discover how Jesus read and interpreted Scripture as he preached, taught and healed the people of his day. Dig deep into one Gospel—the book of Mark—through study, prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit. Gain tools for reading and interpreting Scripture like Jesus, in light of the world we live in today.

Presenters

Jewel Gingerich LongeneckerJewel Gingerich Longenecker, Monday, 7 pm.

Jewel is associate dean for leadership education at AMBS. She is passionate about connecting congregations and leaders with tools for in-depth Bible study. She recently completed a PhD in Leadership at Andrews University where her dissertation focused on how six seminary-educated Mennonite pastors are successfully leading congregants to informed, enthusiastic engagement with the Bible.

Bryan Moyer SudermanBryan Moyer Suderman, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:30 am-12 noon and Tuesday evening.

Bryan is an itinerant Bible teacher and music minister based in Ontario. Known for his “songs of faith for small and tall,” Bryan has spent the past 25 years finding creative ways to engage all ages in Scripture. For the past four years Bryan has been working through each of the canonical Gospels, exploring how they portray Jesus as interpreter of Scripture in addressing the challenges and debates of the day. As a result of this study – now the focus of his Masters’ thesis and itinerant Bible teaching ministry – Bryan is finding that Jesus’ approach to Scripture has much to teach us. In fact, it has the potential to transform the way we relate to Scripture and to each other.

The Circle Blog

Read what past presenters have to say on the Church Leadership Center blog, The Circle.
 

Contact us

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or call: 574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627

Resources from Pastors Week 2015

Are You Mennonite? a poem written by Scott Peterson, associate pastor at Trinity Mennonite, for the talent show Wednesday evening.

The Circle Blog

Read what past presenters have to say on the Church Leadership Center blog, The Circle.

Registration for 2016

Registration will open in September. 

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Leadership Clinics

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Meals

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