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Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program

A certificate program developing 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-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.

Expore 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 are 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!

2019-20 Dates

Aug. 6, 2019 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.


Central District, Indiana-Michigan and Ohio Mennonite Conference applicants

Other North American applicants

International applicants

2018-19 Dates

Feb. 20, 2019 Online coursework for Winter 2019 begins

July 24, 2019 Online coursework for Winter 2019 ends


Email us or call (574) 296-6269.

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