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. On the day of the webinar, registered participants will receive an e-mail message prior to the start of the webinar with a Web link to access the webinar.

Spring Webinars

 

 

Greg Boyd on Anabaptism: Engaging Pastor Meghan Good and the Matter of “Spiritual Warfare” - Conversation 3

Thursday, March 3, 2016 2:00-3:30 pm EST

Presenters:  Greg Boyd, PhD and Meghan Good, MDiv.  
Moderator: David B. Miller, AMBS

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Do post-modern Anabaptists take notions of “spiritual warfare” seriously? What, if anything, does spiritual warfare have to do with a commitment to non-violence? What does a “call to war” mean for those who seek to follow Jesus in the way of peace? And what does spiritual warfare mean for those whose worldview largely reflects a modern cosmology rather than an ancient one filled with gods, goddesses, angels and demons?

Dr. Greg Boyd believes that a robust biblical understanding of evil must be at the center of loving one’s enemies in the way of Christ. “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places,” says the writer of Ephesians. Boyd has written extensively about biblical perspectives on this struggle, including God at War: The Bible and Spiritual Conflict (Inter-Varsity Press, 1997), and Satan and the Problem of Evil: Constructing a Trinitarian Warfare Theodicy (Inter-Varsity Press, 2001). 

Meghan Good, pastor of Albany (Oregon) Mennonite Church, sometimes preaches and teaches on spiritual warfare. She observes that many people don’t know what to make of her choice to focus on this topic. In this webinar she and Greg Boyd will discuss the challenges and opportunities of engaging the language of spiritual warfare for Anabaptist leaders today.

 

Greg Boyd, PhD, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and president of ReKnew. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, including The Myth of a Christian Nation (Zondervan, 2007) and the best-selling Letters from a Skeptic (David C. Cook, 1994). His most recent books are Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now (Zondervan, 2010), and Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty (Baker Books, 2013). Greg received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and his MDiv from Yale Divinity School.

 Meghan Good, MDiv, is pastor of Albany (Oregon) Mennonite Church, where she has served since 2009. She is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and a member of the AMBS Board of Directors.  Along with pastoral ministry Meghan is a frequent preacher and lecturer at churches and universities across the country. Her blog, Mud Pie God, offers short devotional reflections and features articles exploring the nature of biblical interpretation. Meghan is currently a doctoral student in “Preaching as Story” at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

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

 


Greg Boyd on Anabaptism: Engaging Mauricio Chenlo on Mennonite Church Planting - Conversation 4

Thursday, April 14, 2016  2:00-3:30p.m. EDT

Presenters: Greg Boyd, PhD, and  Mauricio Chenlo, MDiv
Moderator: David B. Miller, AMBS

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Dr. Greg Boyd’s Neo-Anabaptist teaching has inspired counter-cultural church plants across the globe. His call to follow Jesus in the way of peace has also been good news to a new generation of evangelicals in North America. Many of these Neo-Anabaptists find the call to love of enemy compelling and are disillusioned with mainstream evangelical agenda. Yet they continue to express evangelical zeal for spreading the gospel and, as a  result, are starting their own house churches, alternative assemblies and networks of worshiping communities in a “peace church” vein.

At the same time, in the last few years many new forms of “doing church” have emerged within the Mennonite Church, a historic peace church. Even as Mennonite leaders promote “planting peace churches,” they are embracing innovation inspired by post-modern and missional concerns. Today’s Mennonite church-planters are actively seeking ways to break open the limitations of cultural and ethnic homogeneity to better serve God’s reconciling mission both within and beyond Mennonite enclaves.

In this webinar Greg Boyd will speak with Mauricio Chenlo, Mennonite Church USA denominational minister of church planting, about Neo-Anabaptist church planting efforts and innovative church planting in the Mennonite world. They will discuss the potential and challenges of these movements for mutual benefit and partnership.  

Greg Boydis senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and president of ReKnew. He has authored or coauthored 18 books, including The Myth of a Christian Nation (Zondervan, 2007) and the best-selling Letters from a Skeptic (David C. Cook, 1994). His most recent books are Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now (Zondervan, 2010), and Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty (Baker Books, 2013). Greg received his PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary and his MDiv from Yale Divinity School.

Mauricio Chenlo, is denominational minister of church planting for Mennonite Church USA. He is part of the Holistic Witness team, a joint ministry between Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Executive Board. He has been in the ministry of leadership development for almost 30 years. He is passionate about empowering entrepreneurial/imaginative/risk taking leaders to pursue their calls in planting the Seeds of the Gospel and implementing mechanisms to launch Missional Peace Communities all over the nation. He holds an MA in Peace Studies from AMBS and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

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

Past Webinars

Greg Boyd on Anabaptism - Conversation 1

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?

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

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

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.

 

 

 

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