Leadership Clinics

Leadership clinics are daylong workshops for pastors, lay leaders, youth leaders, educators and those forming faith in the community. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity to learn!

The next leadership clinics will take place on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, before Pastors & Leaders 2023 begins. You can register for a leadership clinic alone or in addition to Pastors & Leaders.

Healthy Boundaries 101 (in person)

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Presenter: Ed Kauffman, MDiv, retired Mennonite Church USA/Mennonite Church Canada Pastor and Conference Minister and current AMBS Volunteer Coordinator

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted a Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. In this statement, the church committed to actions to prevent sexual abuse and policies to be followed if abuse occurs. In living out these commitments, both Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada began requiring all credentialed pastors to participate in Healthy Boundaries Training.

Founded on a theological and ethical discussion of power and vulnerability, Healthy Boundaries focuses on the particular roles that pastoral caregivers fulfill within a spiritual community. This curriculum is designed to strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care. The goal of the training is to increase understanding, self-awareness, accountability, the practice of healthy boundaries, integrity and safety.

This Leadership Clinic meets the Healthy Boundaries training requirement for credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. Participants attending this clinic will earn 0.7 CEU.

Healthy Boundaries 201 (in person)

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, 8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Presenters: David B. Miller, MDiv, DMin, Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center; Laurel Neufeld Weaver, MSW LISW-S, Clinical Social Worker from Bluffton, OH

This clinic is intended as advanced training for those already familiar with the basic principles of healthy boundaries.

Topics Include:

  • Joy of Boundaries: Revisiting the Basics and Developing a Deeper Understanding
  • Theology and Boundaries
  • Power and Vulnerability
  • Boundaries and Internet Technology
  • Boundaries and Social Media
  • Boundaries and Finance
  • Boundaries and Attraction
  • Self-Care

Participants attending this clinic will earn 0.7 CEU.

Worship: What We Want, What We Need (in person and virtual)

Monday, Feb.13, 2023, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Presenters: 

  • Katie Graber, PhD, is an ethnomusicologist who studies race and ethnicity in a variety of contexts including Mennonite music, American music and European opera. Katie was the Intercultural Worship editor for the Voices Together project and is the U.S. director of the Anabaptist Worship Network.
  • Anneli Loepp Thiessen, MMus, is an active song leader, classical musician, and music educator across Ontario. She is the Canadian director of the Anabaptist Worship Network and is passionate about empowering congregations to create vibrant worship.

It can be a delicate balance to plan worship that cares for the preferences of worship leaders and congregants, while also leading the community toward a  prophetic response to a fuller image of God and God’s reign. As worship leaders, we must interrogate our own preferences and assumptions, even being open to letting go of old habits and embracing new expressions of worship. Join us to explore the ways we can plan worship that acknowledges what we want, and leads us to what we need, even when it brings us beyond our comfort zone. 

This clinic will be offered in person and online via Zoom. Participants attending this clinic will earn 0.4 CEU.

Leadership Clinic cost

  • The early registration cost is $65 USD when you register by Jan. 7, 2023.
  • The registration cost after Jan. 7 is $95 USD.
  • The final registration deadline is Jan. 30, 2023.
  • Note: The Healthy Boundaries clinics have an additional $18 fee for materials.

Questions? Contact us:

Send an email to [email protected] or call 574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627.