Pastors and Leaders 2018
Monday evening-Thursday, 12:30 pm, Feb. 26-Mar. 1
(formerly Pastors Week; note later dates this year)
We will not go unscathed, but the God of peace will be with us. The tasks will be too large. We will fail. So we will come back to the worshipping church, bringing our brokenness and new stories of God’s grace.
– A Culture of Peace, Alan Kreider, Eleanor Kreider, and Paulus Widjaja
These days, anxiety, violence, trauma, chaos, and upheaval are rampant. Families are broken apart and abusive people take the law into their own hands. Fear and hopelessness abound. How do we sustain hope among the people we serve even when we don’t feel hope ourselves? How do we place our trust in God until we receive that hope? How do we deal with our own anxiety and exhaustion?
You probably didn’t “sign up” for leadership in times like these. And yet, you have been called here now. In the midst of the chaos, God calls you to the crucial work of helping to form the people of God “for such a time as this.” What might this mean? What is the opportunity of this moment?
During Pastors and Leaders 2018, we'll use worship, prayer, teaching sessions, workshops, and large and small group conversations to explore together how “fear of the Lord” prepares us to live confidently and speak courageously in this moment in history. Taking our cues from Scripture and learning from the experiences of the global church, we’ll ground ourselves in the Christian practices that keep our faith and our hope alive.
Teachers and preachers
Opening Worship and Teaching Session, Monday, 7 pm: "Preachers Deaf and Blind, Servants of God the Creator," Ben Ollenburger, Professor of Biblical Theology, AMBS
Teaching Session, Tuesday, 8:45 am: "Going Big by Going Home: Local Responses to National Crisis," Janna Hunter-Bowman, Assistant Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics, AMBS
Sara Wenger Shenk, President, AMBS
Rachel Miller Jacobs, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation, AMBS
Lodging and Transportation
AMBS guest house lodging is available on a first come first served basis. Details
Meals are non-refundable. Details
Continuing Education Units
Attending all plenary and workshop sessions earns 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Indicate if you would like to receive CEUs when you register, and pick up your CEU certificate when leaving the final session Thursday afternoon.