Anabaptist Short Courses

We know you’ve got questions.

What does it mean to read the Bible like an Anabaptist? Why does Anabaptist history matter at all today? What does it mean to worship like an Anabaptist? And what even is "shalom"?

Anabaptist Short Courses wrestle with these questions and more! Join one of these six-week, online courses to deepen your understanding of Anabaptist history, thought and witness. Followers of Jesus today will discover each other and the early Anabaptists as kindred spirits through their study of theology and history. In these courses, you'll explore Anabaptist resources as a source of inspiration and guidance for your own life and ministry.

Short course students are expected to read assigned materials and complete short assignments, writing in an online discussion forum. Students manage their own time to meet weekly assignment deadlines. These short courses also include optional, weekly live video conversations, which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.

2021-22 Offerings

Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible

Metal sculpture of round gears in a green grass field

Taught by Susannah Larry, PhD, and Drew Strait, PhD from Sep. 15 – Oct. 26, 2021

Early registration deadline: Aug. 18, 2021
Final registration deadline: Sep. 8, 2021

Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology

Loaf of bread held with a white cloth by two hands

Taught by Jamie Pitts, PhD, from Oct. 27 – Dec. 14, 2021

Early registration deadline: Sep. 29, 2021
Final registration deadline: Oct. 20, 2021

Introduction to Voices Together for Worship and Song Leaders

Anabaptist Worship NetworkTaught by Katie Graber, PhD and Anneli Loepp Thiessen, M.M., from Oct. 27 – Dec. 14, 2021

Early registration deadline: Sep. 29, 2021
Final registration deadline: Oct. 20, 2021

Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What's Different and Why?

An open Bible with a page turning

Instructor(s) TBD, from Feb. 9 – Mar. 22, 2022

Early registration deadline: Jan. 12, 2022
Final registration deadline: Feb. 2, 2022

Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication

A spider web with raindrops on it glints in the sun

Taught by Betty Pries, CMed, PhD, from Apr. 20 – May 31, 2022

Early registration deadline: Mar. 16, 2022
Final registration deadline: Apr. 13, 2022

How short courses work

Courses are offered online and last six weeks each. Short course students are expected to complete coursework on their own and post to an online forum weekly. These short courses also include optional, weekly, live video conversations which are typically recorded for class members who cannot attend.

Short courses explore topics like Anabaptist history, biblical study, spiritual and ethical issues, worship, and more. These non-credit courses involve readings from textbooks and online articles and include written forum discussion. You won't receive a grade, but readings and discussion are comparable to seminary-level work, and professors assume you have critical thinking skills and some previous academic study.

For more information about what to expect from the course visit the short course details page.

Register for short courses


  • Early registration: US $300 per course
  • Regular registration: US $350 per course
  • Anabaptist Short Course Bundle: US $995 total for four courses!
  • Global South Scholarships are available.

More details

Find out how short courses work, how you can get CEUs, and what requirements you'll need to participate in online short courses. Learn more.

*NOTE: Anabaptist Worship Network online short courses are not included in the Anabaptist Short Course Bundle. Learn more about the bundle.

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