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Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program

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

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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 present)

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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 their 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

The Journey program is designed for people exploring a call to pastoral ministry, as well as for pastors and other congregational leaders called without specific training for ministry.

Learners follow a curriculum focused on six guideposts: spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and community, gift development, and leadership skills.

Learn in your own context

The Journey program is also distance-friendly, with different expectations for people from different geographic regions. You may not have to come to the Elkhart campus to participate.

While the content was created from a Mennonite or Anabaptist perspective, the Journey program is open to people of any denomination or no denomination and anyone from any tradition is welcome to apply.

Begin your Journey!

2021-2022 Dates

July 13, 2021 Early application deadline for Fall 2021 (save $100)

Aug. 10, 2021 Final application deadline for Fall 2021

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12, 2021 Weekend Learning Event

Sept. 15, 2021 Online Session I begins

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 28-30, 2022 Weekend Learning Event at AMBS, Elkhart Ind.

Feb. 16, 2022 Online Session II begins

Contact Us

Email us at [email protected] or call (574) 296-6269.

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