Pastors and Leaders 2019: Loving Our Neighbors in Tense Times

February 25–28, 2019

Pastors and Leaders 2019. Young adults supporting each other in a collaborative experience

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If you missed Pastors and Leaders 2019, you might have missed out on the community, but you can still listen to what the speakers had to say. Click the orange arrow below to listen to the keynote messages.

Pastors and Leader 2019 Recap

Did you miss out on Pastors and Leaders 2019, but want to know what all the excitement was about? More than 145 people joined together on the AMBS campus from Feb. 25–28 to explore the theme of “Loving Our Neighbors in Tense Times.” Attendees were encouraged to imagine and proclaim new narratives that embrace marginalized communities and counter oppression in today’s society.

For a full recap of the conference, you can read more here.

Pastors and Leaders 2019 Theme Description

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 it's often pointed at whole groups based on characteristics such as religion, ethnicity, gender, ability or sexual orientation. 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”?

Preachers and Teachers

Andrew Draper

Pastor Andrew Draper, Ph.D., of Urban Light Community Church in Muncie, Indiana, 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 Anderson Hooker, M.Div., J.D., Ph.D., 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, M.Div., of Charlottesville (Virginia) Mennonite Church will preach, drawing from her community’s responses to white supremacy following violent clashes in 2017. Maren is a 2019 Louisville Institute Pastoral Study Project Grant recipient: With the Eyes of the Heart: Creative approaches to racism and the church through watercolor and nonviolent communication.

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 p.m.: Opening Worship and Keynote Session: Andrew Draper

Tuesday morning, 8:45 a.m.: Teaching Session: Andrew Draper

Tuesday morning, 11 a.m.: Worship; Preacher: Maren Tyedmers Hange

Tuesday afternoon, 2 p.m.: Workshops 

Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m.: Light up the Library

Wednesday morning: 8:45 a.m.: Teaching Session: David Anderson Hooker

Wednesday  morning, 11 a.m.: Worship; Preacher: David Anderson Hooker

Wednesday afternoon, 2 p.m.: Roundtable with David Anderson Hooker, Andrew Draper, Maren Hange, and others

Wednesday evening, 6 p.m.: Banquet

Thursday morning, 8:45 a.m.: Teaching Session: David Anderson Hooker

Thursday morning, 11 a.m.: Closing worship; Preacher: Andrew Draper


Workshops will run Tuesday afternoon. See the list of workshop options and select yours. 


You missed it! Pastors and Leaders 2020 will be March 2–5, so mark your calendars! Until then, check out audio of the past two years embedded on this page.


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Leadership Clinics

Leadership Clinics have completed. If you want to see what you missed, view the Leadership Clinic options here.

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.

Lodging and transportation

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


Learn more about meals here


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


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Audio recordings

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