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Pastors and Leaders 2019:

Loving Our Neighbors in Tense Times

Monday evening, Feb. 25 – Thursday, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 28

You don’t need to listen to talk radio to feel the tension in the air. Whether you’ve seen hate crimes in the news, read the “Comments” section of your favorite online newspaper, or heard about insults thrown around on the playground, you know that, across North America, vitriol is in abundant supply.  And too often it is pointed at whole groups, based on traits like religion, color, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Whether you’ve felt the hostility directed at you personally or are in a supportive relationship with someone who has, you know that hatred of this type breeds fear and isolation that can spread like poison, intimidating and isolating whole communities.

What is the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in tense situations like these? What does it mean to love neighbors who are members of targeted groups? How can Christian congregations and their leaders engage issues and incidences of hate, intolerance and systemic racism in productive and transformational ways? How can congregations whose members are not currently threatened reject complacency and step up with courage to take seriously the call of Christ to “love your neighbor as yourself”?

Join us for Pastors and Leaders 2019, February 25-28.

Preachers and Teachers

Andrew Draper

Pastor Andrew Draper, PhD., of Urban Light Community Church in Muncie, Ind., and will share how his church takes this call seriously, serving a diverse population and existing “to reconcile people to God and to each other by joining Jesus Christ in his reconciliation of all things.” He is also an occasional teacher at Taylor University.


University of Notre Dame professor David Hooker, MDiv., JD., PhD., will lead us through practical Christian responses to hateful rhetoric and activities in our communities. He is Associate Professor of the Practice of Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs and a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.


Pastor Maren Tyedmers Hange, MDiv., of Charlottesville (Va.) Mennonite Church will preach, drawing from her community’s responses to white supremacy following violent clashes in 2017. 

Through worship, prayer, teaching sessions and workshops we’ll explore the biblical and theological grounding to get involved and become equipped to lead, right here, right now.

For questions, e-mail [email protected].


Monday evening, 7:00 pm: Opening Worship and Keynote Session: Andrew Draper

Tuesday morning, 8:45 am: Teaching Session: Andrew Draper

Tuesday morning, 11:00 am: Worship; Preacher: David Hooker

Tuesday afternoon, 2:00 pm: Workshops 

Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm: Light up the Library

Wednesday morning: 8:45 am: Teaching Session: David Hooker

Wednesday  morning, 11:00 am: Worship; Preacher: Maren Tyedmers Hange

Wednesday afternoon, 2:00 pm: Roundtable with David Hooker, Andrew Draper, and others

Wednesday evening, 6:00 pm: Banquet

Thursday morning, 8:45 am: Teaching Session: David Hooker

Thursday morning, 11:00 am: Closing worship; Preacher: Andrew Draper


Workshops will run Tuesday afternoon. We are seeking workshop proposals. Learn more.


Propose a Workshop

Submit a proposal on any aspect of the event theme. Participants whose workshops are accepted will receive a reduced registration fee. Proposals are due November 1. Learn more


Details including refund policies. Early registration deadline is January 10.

Lodging and transportation

AMBS Guesthouse lodging is available on a first come first served basis. 


Meals are nonrefundable. 


Available for children ages 1-5.  Register by January 10.

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.



Audio recordings

Listen to recordings of plenary sessions from Pastors and Leaders 2018.