Invite AMBS

Invite AMBS is a unique opportunity to invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you.

Are you looking for someone to:

  • lead a workshop
  • speak to your Sunday school class
  • preach on a Sunday morning
  • lead a church retreat
  • provide training sessions for your organization

If your church or organization is looking to address a certain topic, or if you want to hear from a specific speaker, take a look below to see what topics our faculty and staff are highly trained to provide.

Call, email or fill out the short information form to hear more about the costs involved and to discuss possible dates.

Schedule a visit from Invite AMBS

Ask about virtual visits! Contact Steve Norton.

Possible topics

Anabaptism Today | Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture | Anabaptist History and Theology | Anabaptist/Mennonite Theology | Anti-Racist and Intercultural Pastoral Care | Autism and the Church | Baptism | Becoming a Community of Healing & Hope: Speaking the Truth, Healing the Wounds, Anticipating a New Day | Bible Reading in Congregational Life | Biblical Foundations of Peace and Justice | Biblical Interpretation | Christian Nationalism and Political Idolatry | Confessional Bible Study | Congregational Formation | Constructive Theology | Consultation about Congregational Formation or Sunday School Programs | Dementia and the Church | Doxology Against Empire: Living By and Making Known the Manifold Wisdom of God | Embodiment in Christian Spiritual Practices and Pastoral Care | Environmental Concerns in Theological Perspective | Exploration of Swearing/Cussing/Bad Words | Faith Foundations of Creation Care | Feminist and Womanist Theologies | Gelassenheit | The Global Church | God’s Shalom & the Church’s Witness | Healthy Boundaries Training | The Holy Spirit | Hymn Sing | Hymns about Creation Care | Imperial Rome and the Jesus Movement | Improvisational Leadership: Formation and Practice | Individual and Leadership Coaching | Inner and Outer Calls to Ministry | Interactive Bible Study (The Book of Jonah and the Gospels)  | Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) | ICUR Constructive Review | ICUR Learning Sessions | Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment and Development | Lament in the Bible | Luke and Acts | Mark | Matthew | Mennonite Polity | Mission | Nine Spiritual Pathways | Nonviolent Communication | Ordinary Harm and its Remediation | Pastoral Care | Paul | Peace Theology and Ethics | Peace Theology and Group Process | Peacemaking in Early Christianity | Preaching | Reading the Bible as a Literature of Resistance | Revelation | Second Temple Judaism | Sexualized Violence in the Bible | Somatic Practices for Addressing Trauma | Spiritual Formation Across the Age Span | Spiritual Lessons of the Prairie | Spiritual Practices | Storytelling  | Strategic Planning Sessions | Suffering and Consolation | Taize Worship and Music | Theology and the Arts | Trauma and Trauma-Informed Caregiving | Trauma-Informed Bible Study | Trees of Life – Biblical and Ecological Perspectives | Violence and Peacemaking in the Bible | Water of Life – Biblical and Ecological Perspectives | Women in the Bible | Worship Leading | Worship Planning

Why Invite AMBS?

Here’s what someone had to say about working with Nekeisha Alayna Alexis.

“Nekeisha worked with the entire CCS staff in leading, training and inspiring discussions that have widened our understanding of the historical basis of racism, the implications of biases and how to begin to unravel the misconceptions of people regarding differences.”

Donna Parker, Controller, Church Community Services, Elkhart, Indiana

Available speakers

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, MA, is the Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism (ICUR) coordinator at AMBS. Learn more about Nekeisha.

Possible topics:

  • Learning Sessions
  • Constructive Review
  • Individual and Leadership Coaching
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment and Development
  • Strategic Planning Sessions

Malinda E. Berry

Malinda E. Berry, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at AMBS. Learn more about Malinda.

Possible topics:

  • Anabaptist/Mennonite Theology
  • Confessional Bible Study
  • Constructive Theology
  • Environmental Concerns in Theological Perspective
  • Feminist and Womanist Theologies
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Peace Theology and Ethics
  • Peace Theology and Group Process
  • Theology and the Arts

Rachel Miller Jacobs

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Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, is Associate Professor of Congregational Formation at AMBS. Learn more about Rachel.

Possible topics:

  • Bible Reading in Congregational Life
  • Congregational Formation
  • Ordinary Harm and its Remediation
  • Spiritual Formation Across the Age Span
  • Spiritual Practices

Possible formats:

  • Consultation about congregational formation or Sunday school programs
  • Congregational retreats
  • Worship planning and leading workshops

Janeen Bertsche Johnson

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Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv, is Director of Campus Ministries, Admissions Associate, Development Associate, and Alumni Director at AMBS. Learn more about Janeen.

Possible topics:

  • Autism and the Church
  • Dementia and the Church
  • Faith Foundations of Creation Care
  • Gelassenheit
  • Hymns about Creation Care
  • Inner and Outer Calls to Ministry
  • Mennonite Polity
  • Nine Spiritual Pathways
  • Spiritual Lessons of the Prairie
  • Suffering and Consolation
  • Taize Worship and Music
  • Trees of Life – Biblical and Ecological Perspectives (can be a retreat)
  • Water of Life – Biblical and Ecological Perspectives (can be a retreat)

Possible formats:

  • Hymn Sing
  • Retreat
  • Sermon
  • Teaching Session

Susannah Larry

Susannah Larry, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at AMBS. Learn more about Susanna.

Possible topics:

  • Lament in the Bible
  • Sexualized Violence in the Bible
  • Trauma-Informed Bible Study
  • Violence and Peacemaking in the Bible
  • Women in the Bible

David B. Miller

David B. Miller

David B. Miller, DMin, is a Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center. Learn more about David.

Possible topics:

  • Becoming a Community of Healing & Hope: Speaking the Truth, Healing the Wounds, Anticipating a New Day
  • Confessional Bible Study
  • Doxology Against Empire: Living By and Making Known the Manifold Wisdom of God
  • God’s Shalom & the Church’s Witness
  • Healthy Boundaries Training
  • Improvisational Leadership: Formation and Practice

Jamie Pitts

Jamie Pitts

Jamie Pitts, PhD, is Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies at AMBS, director of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and editor for the journal Anabaptist Witness. Learn more about Jamie.

Possible topics:

  • Anabaptist History and Theology
  • Anabaptism Today
  • Baptism
  • The Global Church
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Mission

Allan Rudy-Froese

Allan Rudy-Froese

Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD, is Associate Professor of Christian Proclamation at AMBS. Learn more about Allan.

Possible topics:

  • Exploration of Swearing/Cussing/Bad Words
  • Interactive Bible Study (The Book of Jonah and the Gospels) 
  • Preaching 
  • Storytelling 
  • Worship Leading  

Drew Strait

Drew Strait

Drew Strait, PhD, is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at AMBS. Learn more about Drew.

Possible topics:

  • Christian Nationalism and Political Idolatry
  • Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture
  • Biblical Foundations of Peace and Justice
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Imperial Rome and the Jesus Movement
  • Luke-Acts
  • Mark
  • Matthew
  • Paul
  • Peacemaking in Early Christianity
  • Reading the Bible as a Literature of Resistance
  • Revelation
  • Second Temple Judaism

Leah R. Thomas

Leah Thomas

Leah R. Thomas, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Contextual Education at AMBS. Learn more about Leah.

Possible topics:

  • Anti-Racist and Intercultural Pastoral Care
  • Embodiment in Christian Spiritual Practices and Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Care
  • Trauma and Trauma-Informed Caregiving
  • Somatic Practices for Addressing Trauma

Additional members of the AMBS faculty and staff are available upon request.

Why Invite AMBS?

Here’s what someone had to say about working with Susannah Larry.

“From within a circle of deep appreciation for the Bible and its authority, Susannah made us aware of the internal, sometimes competing messages, which need to be brought into conversation with each other and with the God we know revealed in Jesus.”

Vic Stoltzfus, retired president of Goshen College

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