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

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Exploring your Call to Ministry

David B. Miller, DMin
Thursday, October 27, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

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How does one discern a "call to ministry?" Anabaptist churches have long maintained that there are two dimensions to such a call - the inner call - the conviction of the heart that one hears a very personal invitation to this work as the form of service that their baptismal vows are to take; and an outer call - the confirming voice of the community of faith that sees in the individual the gifts, faith, aptitude and example of one in whom the community believes that the Spirit of God is working and will work to provide leadership for the church.

David Miller, AMBS Associate Professor of Missional Leadership Development, will be joined by two guests for this webinar:

  • AMBS Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Culture Andy Brubacher Kaethler. Andy has been a pastor, conference youth leader and now a seminary professor. Andy has developed and led AMBS's !eXplore Program that has provided an opportunity for youth to discern their calling to ministry - and invited their pastors and congregations to walk with them in that process of discernment.
  • AMBS alum, Amanda Beachy, pastor of Washington Mennonite Church in Washington, Iowa. Amanda had her sights set on a very different career when she began to hear the invitation of the church - and the invitation of the Spirit to explore preparing for pastoral ministry.

Each of the participants will discuss their own call to ministry, how it was discerned, and who was helpful to them in that process of discernment. They will also discuss what they have seen in others discerning such a call, the opportunities they experienced to test their gifts, that preparation that has been important for them, and what has sustained their call over time. This is an excellent opportunity for pastors and mentors to invite persons who are discerning their own call to join in the conversation together.

Introduction to Anabaptism

Lois Barrett, PhD
Thursday, November 3, 2:00-3:30 EDT

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Lois Barrett, AMBS professor of theology and Anabaptist studies, has been teaching about Anabaptism for over 20 years.  In this webinar she will give an overview of Anabaptist beliefs.

Anabaptist theology is not some kind of generic theology with a few Anabaptist distinctives added, as if we were putting parsley on a casserole. To continue the cooking analogy, we will be considering a whole different style of cooking rather than adding just a few extra ingredients.  In other words, we will be looking at how to take an Anabaptist view of all of theology—and what difference that makes for believers, for the life of the church, and for its relation to the world.

The webinar will look at a few clusters of theological topics, with opportunity for questions after each cluster.

Planting Peace Churches

James Krabill, PhD, and Sara Wenger Shenk, EdD
Moderated by Mauricio Chenlo, MAPS
Thursday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

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(A conversation to follow Sent 2016: A gathering of Mennonites planting Jesus-centered communities)

In church planting processes, theological identity often takes a back seat to outreach strategies, alignment around a shared vision, questions of financial viability and the need to identify ministry support groups. However, theological identity affects factors such as decision-making processes, styles of leadership and communication, and the role of rituals in a community, among others. Sara Wenger Shenk will articulate the need for solid theological components in the vision for and implementation of new congregations.

The early Mennonites and Anabaptists took the New Testament seriously, daring to bear witness in following Jesus as they understood him from their fresh reading of the Bible, regardless of the consequences. Witnessing to God’s unconditional love and modeling kingdom communities is in the DNA of the Anabaptist movement, and believers all around the world have taken the Great Commission as a clear mandate for their own and future generations. James Krabill will remind us of these practices and how they can inform and shape our interactions today.

Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

Drew Hart, PhD
Thursday, December 1, 2:00-3:30 EST

How We Got the Bible

Loren Johns, PhD
Thursday, February 9, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Principles of Worship Leading

Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin
Thursday, March 9, 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Intercultural Leadership in Diversity-Oriented Churches

A. Brian Leander, PhD
Thursday, March 23, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT

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