Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture

A joint conference of Pastors and Leaders 2020

and Deep Faith 

Pastors and Leaders 2020. Open Bible on a table with phone and headphones.

Monday, March 2, 7 p.m. — Thursday, March 5, 12:30 p.m.

How do we recognize the gospel in our digitally saturated culture? Join other pastors, lay leaders, formation leaders, youth leaders, parents, and educators as we attend to faith formation in the congregation and community.

The conference will feature Karen-Marie Yust, M.Div., Th.D., author of Real Kids, Real Faith and professor of Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

Discount for first-time attenders!

Get 25% of your registration if you've never attended a AMBS Pastors and Leaders conference (formerly Pastors Week)! When you register, select "first time attender" in the "Scholarships and discounts" field. Learn more about other discounts.

Preachers and teachers

Karen-Marie YustKaren-Marie Yust, M.Div., Th.D., is professor of Christian education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and the author of Real Kids, Real Faith. Over two plenary sessions, Yust will draw from her research on digital culture and spirituality to provide practical implications for the effects of digital culture on spirituality, particularly among children, youth and young adults.

Malinda BerryMalinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD, is associate professor of theology and ethics at AMBS. Berry is committed to Anabaptism in the Mennonite tradition in her approach to an array of topics including Christian social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and renewing congregational life in its structural and spiritual dimensions. In the opening keynote, she will speak to the theological, ecclesial, relational, and practical questions we ought to consider as we both participate in and challenge digital culture.

Andy Brubacher KaethlerAndy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD, is associate professor of Christian formation and culture at AMBS as well as the director of the Center for Faith Formation.He is passionate about helping learners develop the ability to engage culture both critically and compassionately. Brubacher Kaethler will draw from his 25 years of experience in Christian formation in educational, conference, congregational, and camp settings.

David CramerDavid C. Cramer, PhD, is managing editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies and a sessional faculty member at AMBS. Drawing on his passion for understanding the difference Christian faith makes for how Christians live in contemporary society, Cramer will explore the discernment practices he employs as he engages in digital culture.

Through worship, prayer, teaching sessions and workshops, we’ll explore the biblical and theological grounding that shapes our faith in our digital culture.

Call for workshop proposals

We are looking for workshops proposals that:

  1. Speak to the topic, “Shaping Faith in a Digital Culture”
  2. Describe a compelling 1-hour workshop period, with attention to using approximately half for input and half for interaction with/among participants
  3. Provide the relevant experience and/or educational background of you as presenter(s)

Workshops will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings as well as Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.

Schedule

Monday 7 p.m.: Opening worship and plenary session: Malinda Elizabeth Berry
Tuesday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Tuesday 9:45 a.m.: Workshops
Tuesday 11:15 a.m.: Plenary: Karen-Marie Yust
Tuesday 2 p.m.: Workshops
Tuesday 3:15 p.m.: Guided reflection
Tuesday 7 p.m.: Plenary: Karen-Marie Yust
Wednesday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Wednesday 9:45 a.m.: Workshops
Wednesday 11:15 a.m.: Plenary: Andy Brubacher Kaethler
Wednesday 2 p.m.: Workshops
Wednesday 3:15 p.m.: Guided reflection
Wednesday 7 p.m.: Banquet
Thursday 8:45 a.m.: Worship
Thursday 9:45 a.m.: Workshops
Thursday 11:15 a.m.: Plenary: David Cramer
Dismissal: 12:30
 

Listen to past Pastors and Leaders conferences

If you missed past conferences, 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.

Leadership Clinics

Leadership Clinics will take place on Monday, March 2. View more information about Leadership Clinics.

Discounts and Fees

Register before the January 13, 2020 regular registration deadline for $195 for an individual.

For a full list of discounts and fees, please view our Discounts and Fees page.

Continuing Education Units

Attending all Pastors Week 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 and 2019.