Pastors and Leaders 2018

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.


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

Worship, Tuesday, 11 am: "Terror and Beauty in the House of the LORD," Sermon by Safwat Marzouk, Associate Professor of Old Testament, AMBS
Teaching Session, Wednesday, 8:45 am: "Forgetting Ourselves in Prayer," Dan Schrock, Spiritual Director; Pastor, Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship; Sessional Faculty, AMBS
Worship, Wednesday, 11 am: "And So We Are Turned," Sermon by Allan Rudy-Froese, Associate Professor of Christian Proclamation, AMBS
Teaching Session, Thursday, 8:45 am: "Be Still - Know I Am God," Rebecca Slough, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Worship and the Arts, AMBS
Worship, Thursday, 11:00 am: "Boldness Before the Throne," Nancy Rodriguez-Lora, Pastor, True Vine Tabernacle; Clinical Social Worker Specialist, Goshen; AMBS student

Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon Workshops

See workshop descriptions and presenters

Worship leaders

Sara Wenger Shenk, President, AMBS

Rachel Miller Jacobs, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation, AMBS



Audio recordings

Listen to recordings of plenary sessions  


Details (including refund policies)

Early registration deadline is February 6, 2018.


See attached PDF


See the Tues and Wed workshop descriptions

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.