Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program

for North American participants

Cultivate your spiritual formation. Nurture your leadership abilities. Deepen your theological perspectives.

The two-and-a-half to three-year Journey program is designed for pastors, those exploring a call to ministry, church planters, and other congregational lay leaders.

Through out the program, learners will find a rhythm of group and individual learning that includes a combination of online study, bi-weekly meetings with a mentor and face-to-face gatherings.

The curriculum of the Journey program will help you name and develop strengths in six areas: spiritual disciplines, theological and biblical studies, character development, mentoring and community, gift development and leadership skills.

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:

  1. The Biblical Story
  2. The Mission of God and the Witness of the Church
  3. Anabaptism: Foundations and Future—A Way of Being Church
  4. Leadership: The Ministry of Reconciliation 
  5. Announcement and Celebration: Proclamation and Worship that Participate in the Mission of God

All of the above! Journey combines three different learning environments:

  • Online coursework with other participants
  • An annual visit to Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) - Fall 2020 will be virtual
  • Meetings with a local pastoral mentor every two weeks

So, in order to participate, you’ll need to be able to work online, to travel to the Fall Weekend Learning Event (where you’ll pay lodging and meal costs), and to meet with a pastoral mentor who's been approved by your conference minister or an equivalent regional church official.

  • 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 1/2 years.

Journey follows a regular annual schedule:

  • Early September: Fall Weekend Learning Event at Amigo Centre (Sturgis, MI) - Fall 2020 will be virtual
  • Mid-September to mid-February: Online coursework for Fall unit
  • Early February: Winter Weekend Learning Event at AMBS (Elkhart, IN). You're not required to participate in this event, but many students love getting the chance to meet with their instructors and colleagues in person.
  • Mid-February to mid-July: Online coursework for Winter unit

Pastoral mentors must be ready to support applicants in a variety of ways. Mentors commit to meeting with their mentee every two weeks as well as regularly reading the participant’s learning journal and participating in annual gatherings. Qualified mentors will also have experience as a pastor, church planter, missionary or have served in another relevant church role. Ideally, a mentor would also have a seminary degree or have completed the Journey program.

Both applicants and pastoral mentors must be recommended for study in the program by district ministers or other suitable officials.

To request an overview of the Journey curriculum, please email us at [email protected].

For other questions, email us at [email protected] or call 574-296-6269.

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2020-21 Dates

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Early application deadline for Fall 2020 (save $100)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 Final application deadline for Fall 2020

Friday, Aug. 21, 2020 Tuition deposit and Fall WLE fees due (new and returning students).

Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Remaining tuition due.

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 11-13, 2020 Weekend Learning Event (in Zoom)

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 Online coursework for Fall 2020 begins

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 29 - 31, 2021 Weekend Learning Event at AMBS, Elkhart Ind.

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 Online session begins

Contact Us

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

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The cost for the Fall session is $600 USD before July 14 and $700 USD after. This does not include fees for the Fall Weekend Learning Event. See Weekend Learning Event Fees for more information


Fees for the Fall Weekend Learning Event are due Aug. 21 and are non-refundable. Fees cover both you and your pastoral mentor for the weekend. Fees for the September 2020 event are $50 USD.

Refund policy:

1) A $300 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance.
2) The remaining tuition payment is due by the first day of the session.
3) No refunds will be granted after the first week of class.
4) Weekend Learning Event lodging and meal fees are due 2 weeks before the event and are non-refundable.