Institute of Mennonite Studies

Hearts on Fire

IMS is the research agency of our learning community.

It promotes and administers avenues for dialogue, scholarship and publication on topics and issues vital to Mennonite congregations and the Anabaptist faith tradition.

Founded in 1958, IMS brings together Mennonite scholars and friends to encourage research and scholarship in Anabaptist history and theology. AMBS faculty, students, and staff also produce a rich collection of books, articles, reviews, newsletters, hymns and other materials each year. Find here many contributions for the work of the church as we seek to grow in love for and faithfulness to God.

Back row:  Jamie Pitts, IMS director; Barbara Nelson Gingerich, IMS managing editor and Andy Brubacher Kaethler, IMS associate director. Front seated: Retired IMS director, Mary Schertz and former IMS associate director, Lois Barrett.

Staff changes at IMS

After serving as IMS director since 1999, Mary Schertz (front left) has retired. Also laying down her responsibilities as IMS associate director is Lois Barrett (front right). In their place we welcome Jamie Pitts (back left) as IMS director and Andy Brubacher Kaethler (back right) as IMS associate director. Barbara Nelson Gingerich (center) continues as IMS managing editor.

IMS Book Catalog 2016-2017

The IMS Book Catalog (PDF) contains annotated entries of all books published by the institute and details for purchasing. It also lists publications in each of the institute's major series including, Classics of the Radical Reformation Series, Intercultural Biblical Hermeneutics SeriesOccasional Papers, Studies in Peace and Scripture Series and the Text Reader Series.

IMS maintains a subscribers list, to whom announcements of publications and coming events are sent. Those who request standing order status receive a 20% discount. Email us for more details.

Vision: Proclaiming Christ in a Pluralistic Context

The latest issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, on Proclaiming Christ in a Pluralistic Context, is edited by Mary H. Schertz. Download the table of contents and her editorial. For current and past issues, visit the official site.

Scribes for the Reign of God faculty project

Scribes for the Reign of God is an annual project in which AMBS faculty participate in sustained conversation among selected scholars working on a particular topic. The 2017-2018 collaborators are Malinda Berry, PhD, and Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD. Their subject is the body and embodiment.

Support IMS

The work of the Institute is financed by grants from foundations and church agencies, individual contributions, royalty payments from publications and a portion of the AMBS budget. To contribute, usse our online giving form and designate your gift for Institute of Mennonite Studies.