Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program
for International Participants
Journey is for participants from all over the world! We welcome:
Pastors, lay leaders, and church planters from any church affiliated with Mennonite World Conference. If this is you, learn more by reading through the questions and answers below.
Schools, seminaries, and church denominations from outside North America that want to form educational partnerships with us. If this is you, please email us for more information.
No. You can complete the entire Journey program in your home country, without ever coming to the United States.
Once you’ve met all the requirements of the Journey program, you’ll receive a certificate of completion. Because Journey isn't a graduate-level program, your certificate won't carry academic credit at AMBS. You can, however, apply for undergraduate-level credit at one of our educational partners. Our current partnership is listed below, and we're working on more!
Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
- Complete the full Journey program.
- Present your Journey certification to the EMU Registrar's office.
- Pay a $300 recording fee to EMU and be entered in the student database.
- Receive 15 credit hours that can be used as elective or general credits toward an undergraduate degree!
Through Journey, you’ll develop strengths in six areas:
- Spiritual disciplines, especially prayer and inner work
- Bible study and theology from an Anabaptist perspective
- Personal character, including courage, consistency, love, and self-discipline
- Mentoring and community, as you mentor others and are mentored yourself
- Recognizing spiritual gifts in yourself and your congregation
- Leadership skills, including preaching, worship, conflict transformation, time management, and more
The program is divided into 5 units:
- The Biblical Story
- The Mission of God and the Witness of the Church
- Anabaptism: Foundations and Future—A Way of Being Church
- Leadership: The Ministry of Reconciliation
- Announcement and Celebration: Proclamation and Worship that Participate in the Mission of God
Both! Journey combines four key elements:
- Working online with other participants
- Meeting with a pastoral mentor
- Meeting with local or regional church leaders
- Writing a reflection paper after each unit
To apply, you must be:
- able to work online, with regular internet access
- fluent in English at the level of early university study
- recommended by a church leader affiliated with Mennonite World Conference or one of our Educational Partners
- willing to find a suitable pastoral mentor
Please email us if you have questions about these requirements or want to know more about finding a pastoral mentor.
- We expect you to do at least 5 hours of study per week during a unit.
- Each of the 5 units runs for 20-22 weeks.
- The total amount of time to complete the program is 2-and-a-half years.
The 1st unit of each year runs mid-September to mid-February.
The 2nd unit of each year runs mid-February to mid-July.
This cycle repeats as participants progress through Units 1-5.
Begin your Journey!
July 16, 2019 Early application deadline for Fall 2019 ends (save $100)
Aug. 6, 2019 Final application deadline for Fall 2019
Aug. 14, 2019 Fall WLE fees due
Sept. 6-8, 2019 WLE at Amigo Centre, Sturgis, Mich.
Sept. 11, 2019 Online coursework for Fall 2019 begins
Jan 31 - Feb. 2, 2020 WLE at AMBS, Elkhart Ind.
Online units of study begin each September and February. The complete program includes five units spanning two and a half years. Each unit costs $600 USD before the early registration deadline, or $700 USD after the early registration deadline. Financial assistance is available. Apply for financial assistance here.
Aug. 6: $300 USD non-refundable deposit due
Sept. 6: Remaining tuition payment due
Sept. 13: Deadline for refunds
The fees listed above cover the cost of tuition only. Any other costs you might incur are not covered, including the costs of travel, lodging, and meals while you're meeting with local or regional church leaders. In addition, your pastoral mentor will not receive remuneration.
Dec. 14: Early registration deadline for Winter 2019
Jan. 4, 2019 Final registration deadline for Winter 2019
Feb. 13, 2019 Online coursework for Fall 2018 ends
Feb. 1-3, 2019 Weekend Learning Event at AMBS
Feb. 20, 2019 Online coursework for Winter 2019 begins
July 24, 2019 Online coursework for Winter 2019 ends