Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program

An online certificate program that develops leaders centered in Jesus Christ for ministries in local churches and communities

Rebecca Riek participating in a Journey Weekend Learning Event

“The program is opening a new door for my life now. I kept thinking, ‘Yes, God is calling me, but where am I going to start?’ But now God is putting it all together. Journey is like a journey with God. It’s not just a name; it’s a real-life story for me.” — Rebecca Riek (Journey student, 2017 to 2020)

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God calls you to ministry and a Journey begins

If you’re on this journey, you no doubt have discovered its excitement and fulfillment. Have you also encountered its challenges and demands? Have you wished for mentors and companions?

In the Journey program, learners join with a mentor to explore spiritual leadership together in their own context. Whether you are an active member of a congregation, a pastor with or without a formal education, a church planter, or lay leader preparing for ministry in the church or community, Journey can support your growth.

Explore your call

Where are you going next on your journey? Are you paying attention to what the Spirit is saying to you and calling you to do for the next stage of your life? We invite you to consider this question. 

Recently, Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, AMBS dean of lifelong learning, joined Ohio Conference podcast hosts Corben Weaver Boshart and Ramon Lianez to talk about her faith journey and the many ways people can pursue theological education through AMBS, especially through the Journey program. Listen to the podcast.

Journey is for leaders and emerging leaders

The Journey Program is for pastors, church planters, those exploring a call to ministry and other congregational and community lay leaders.

Learn in your own context

The Journey program is distance-friendly and your congregation or community ministry setting will be an important place to try new ideas, test new skills and deepen the self-understanding you will gain during the program.

Next steps

To learn more, choose one of the following:

North American applicants

For those living in the U.S. or Canada.

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International applicants

For those living outside the U.S. or Canada and are part of a church affiliated with Mennonite World Conference.

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