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.

Mary H. Schertz, Institute of Mennonite Studies

A word from the Director of IMS

AMBS takes to heart the church’s need for thoughtful reflection on its practices and contemporary challenges. We take to heart the church’s need for Bible commentary and other Christian formation materials that help us grow toward God in faithful maturity. All of this makes us a space for wide-ranging resources for the church. — Mary H. Schertz

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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 deatils.

Vision: Body

The latest issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology on the body is edited by Mary H. Schertz. Authors invite readers to think about and better value our human being, the bodies we not only inhabit but are. 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 2016-2017 collaborators are Safwat Marzouk, PhD, Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin and Daniel Schipani, PhD.

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.