Leadership Clinics

March 2, 2020

These daylong workshops are for pastors, lay leaders, youth leaders, parents, educators and those forming faith in the community. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity to learn!

Leadership Clinics take place on March 2, before Pastors and Leaders 2020/Deep Faith begins. You can register for a Leadership Clinic by itself or in addition to your Pastors and Leaders 2020/Deep Faith registration.

2020 Leadership Clinics

(Re)thinking Sunday school: A vision for faith formation from the makers of the Shine Curriculum

Presenters: Joan Daggett, Project Director of Shine Curriculum; Chrissie Walls, Curriculum Editor of Shine Curriculum; Rachel Nussbaum Eby, Managing Editor of Shine Curriculum.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This daylong Leadership Clinic will begin with an examination of the theological and pedagogical foundations of the Shine Curriculum. Participants will explore trends in faith formation in congregations, learn how Shine’s new curriculum and products address those trends and experience elements of a Shine session.

In the morning, this Leadership Clinic will focus on two sessions: "Session 1: A New Old Vision for Faith Formation" and "Session 2: A Changing Church in a Troubled World". During the afternoon sessions, participants will experience together the various elements of a Shine session: "Connect," "Encounter," "Explore" and "Bless."

Forming Faith in Digital Spaces: Workshop with Scribes for the Reign of God

Facilitator: Jamie Pitts, Ph. D.; AMBS Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies

Presenters: Andrew Brubacher Kaethler, Ph.D., AMBS Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Culture; David Cramer, Ph.D., Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and Teaching Pastor at Keller Park Church in South Bend, IN; Brent Graber, M.A.T.S., AMBS Director of Information Technology; Beverly Lapp, Ed.D., AMBS Vice-President and Academic Dean.

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

In this clinic, four AMBS faculty and administrators will offer their research and reflections on shaping faith in digital spaces and invite participants to think together with them about how Christians engage digital culture and how Christian leaders lead their faith communities as they do so. Participants also will be invited to reflect on how discoveries in the clinic might shape their leadership going forward. Part of a “Scribes for the Reign of God” collaborative research project, the clinic will not offer conclusions or answers, but instead will call on participants as theological thought leaders in their local contexts to join in the conversation and contribute to shared learning in a discernment mode. 

Each year, the “Scribes for the Reign of God” research project, sponsored by AMBS and the Institute of Mennonite Studies, entails sustained conversation among selected scholars working on a particular topic. This study process engages the wider community and others in the course of the academic year, and the scholars’ research yields pieces for print and online publication and oral presentation in class and conference settings.

This clinic offers a perfect opportunity for pastors, leaders, and AMBS faculty to learn from and with each other, helping to create a “feedback loop” to strengthen ministry and leadership in both church and seminary contexts. Come sit with these scholars for a day to learn from and contribute to an important conversation!


Healthy Boundaries 101 Training

Presenters: Nancy Kauffmann, M.Div., D.Min., retired Mennonite Church USA Denominational Minister and Conference Minister; and Ed Kauffman, M.Div., retired Mennonite Church USA/ Mennonite Church Canada Pastor and Conference Minister and current AMBS Volunteer Coordinator.

8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

This Leadership Clinic meets the Healthy Boundaries training requirement for credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted a Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. In this statement, the church committed to actions to prevent sexual abuse and policies to be followed if abuse occurs. In living out these commitments, both Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada began requiring all credentialed pastors to participate in Healthy Boundaries Training.

Founded on a theological and ethical discussion of power and vulnerability, Healthy Boundaries focuses on the particular roles that pastoral caregivers fulfill within a spiritual community. This curriculum is designed to strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care. The goal of the training is to increase understanding, self-awareness, accountability, the practice of healthy boundaries, integrity and safety.

This Leadership Clinic meets the Healthy Boundaries training requirement for credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

Healthy Boundaries 201 Training

Presenters: David B. Miller, M.Div., D.Min., Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center; Laurel Neufeld Weaver, MSW LISW-S, Clinical Social Worker from Bluffton, OH.

8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

You must have completed Healthy Boundaries 101 to take Healthy Boundaries 201.

This clinic is intended as advanced training for those already familiar with the basic principles of healthy boundaries.

Topics will include:

  • Joy of Boundaries: Revisiting the Basics and Developing a Deeper Understanding
  • Theology and Boundaries
  • Power and Vulnerability
  • Boundaries and Internet Technology
  • Boundaries and Social Media
  • Boundaries and Finance
  • Boundaries and Attraction
  • Self-Care

The evening of Leadership Clinics will be the opening night of Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture, a joint conference of Pastors and Leaders 2020 and Deep Faith. Learn more


Online registration is closed.  Walk-in registration will be available beginning at 7:30 am Monday morning, March 2.

Continuing Education Units

Attending a clinic will earn 0.4 CEU

Attend "Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture"

Learn more about this joint conference of Pastors and Leaders 2020 and Deep Faith that begins the evening of Leadership Clinics.


Before Feb.10, 2020, cancellations will be refunded, less $25. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less $25, toward a future day-long workshop within one year. Refund credits must be requested within 24 hours of the event.

Contact us

Send an email to [email protected] or call: 574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627