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Daniel Schrock, DMin

DMin Program Co-Director; Core Adjunct Faculty

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DMin, Christian Spirituality, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2007.
Certificate/Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1999
MA in Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1987
BA, Goshen College, 1981
 

About Dan

For over forty years, Dan has had a variety of roles in Anabaptist-Mennonite contexts — a pastor in three excellent congregations, a non-profit leader, a spiritual director for other leaders, a teacher and supervisor of spiritual directors and a wellness coach for pastors and spouses. 

Why I am at AMBS

I’ve been drawn to AMBS since I was a senior in high school when I asked for a copy of the seminary’s catalog (then available only in print form) and drooled over all the courses I could take and the intriguing people I could learn from. Oddly, I never graduated from AMBS, although I have taken courses at AMBS over the years. I’m at AMBS because theological education is essential for the long-term well-being of the churches we serve. It gives me joy to participate in that education.

What I do at AMBS

Jewel Gingerich Longenecker and I are co-directors of the Doctor of Ministry in Leadership (DMin) degree. I also teach a core course for that DMin. 

I continue to teach spiritual direction courses offered through the registrar and the Church Leadership Center

What are your goals for students?

I want us to become more aware of God in ordinary living. God is everywhere all the time, up to something, even if we don’t immediately notice it. For people who are in Christ, God is perceptible within us, in our relationships with each other, in our systems and structures and in creation. In each of these four arenas, God wants us to cooperate willingly with the mission that God already has underway.  

What can students expect in your classroom?

In the initial DMin course, you will craft a personal plan to build your competencies as a leader. This plan will guide you through the rest of the degree.

In spiritual direction courses, you can expect many of the same learning methods you’re already familiar with, such as presentations, discussions and small group activities. But a unique part of every course is receiving supervision in a confidential setting for your work as a spiritual director, so you can become more compassionate, competent and contextual.

How does the Bible shape your vocation?

The Bible is one of my great loves because it opens a pathway into the heart, desires and mind of God. Scripture continues to be a primary locus of my own encounter with God.

How does studying in your discipline prepare students to participate in positive personal, spiritual and social transformation?

A primary source of human transformation is our growing perception of God. Conversion may begin this process, yet the growth continues for a lifetime by engaging a multitude of spiritual practices. As we more fully perceive God’s presence and activity in us, through us, around us and sometimes in spite of us — and as we consent to it — our capacity grows for cooperating with God in the ways God wants. Perception, consent and cooperation all help to transform us. 

Publications

  • “Working with Highly Sensitive Persons in Spiritual Direction,” Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, September 2021.
  • “Using Technologies in Spiritual Direction,” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Fall 2015.
  • An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction, co-edited with Marlene Kropf (New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2012).
  • “Discovering the Blessings of God’s ‘Absence’: Youth in the Dark Night,” in Andy Brubacher Kaethler and Bob Yoder, eds., Youth Ministry at a Crossroads: Tending to the Faith Formation of Mennonite Youth (Herald Press, 2011).
  • The Dark Night: A Gift of God (Herald Press, 2009).
  • “The Obscure Night of Prayer,” Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Fall 2006.

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