AMBS’s Church Leadership Center offers various nondegree options for personal enrichment and ongoing leadership development:
Anabaptist Short Courses
Dig into Anabaptist theology, history and practice in these six-week online noncredit courses. No grades, no papers! Some courses include optional weekly video conversations with professors in real time.
- Transforming Congregational Conflict and Communication: April 20 – May 31, 2022, or April 12 – May 23, 2023, with Betty Pries, PhD
- Exploring Peace and Justice in the Bible: Sept. 14 – Oct. 25, 2022, with Drew Strait, PhD, and Jackie Wyse-Rhodes, PhD
- Exploring Anabaptist History and Theology: Oct. 26 – Dec. 13, 2022, with Jamie Pitts, PhD
- Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: What’s Different and Why?: Feb. 1 – March 14, 2023, with David Cramer, PhD, and Susannah Larry, PhD
Anabaptist Short Course Bundle: Sign up for all four short courses above to get the bundle discount: only $995 USD total. (Regular cost: $350 USD per course)
New four-week short course!
- The Bible and Christian Nationalism: Faithful Leadership in a World of Political Idolatry: April 12 – May 9, 2023, with Drew Strait, PhD
Political Idolatry: Countering Christian Nationalism: May 4, 2022, with Drew Strait, PhD; more information to come!
Journey: A Missional Leadership Development Program
Nurture your leadership abilities. Deepen your theological perspectives. Tend to your spiritual formation. This nondegree program offers mentor-mentee partnerships, distance learning opportunities and community support.
Spiritual Direction Seminars
Cultivate your ministry of spiritual direction through this distance-friendly supervised program led by Dan Schrock, DMin.
Interested in workshops on trauma-informed caregiving? Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism consultations? The Bible and Christian nationalism? God’s reconciling mission in today’s world? Engage these offerings and more with Invite AMBS, which provides unique opportunities to have AMBS faculty and staff interact with you via videoconference or in person. Schedule one of our available speakers to share with your organization or congregation!
Transition to Leadership program
Designed for new pastors with an MDiv, this program provides guidance for the crucial first years of ministry. It is free to participants who begin in Spring 2022! The Spring 2022 cohort starts April 21; apply by March 22.
!Explore: A Theological Program for High School Youth
Participants in 2022 will attend Mennonite World Conference in Indonesia with Indonesian youth, explore theological questions and lived faith together, and visit parts of beautiful Java Island. This program for students in grades 10–12 includes a congregational internship. Generous financial support helps with MWC expenses, and participants receive a $1,000 stipend. Tap a shoulder!
Recommend a future student
Personal recommendations are one of the most important factors in a student’s decision to attend AMBS! Whom can you recommend to begin seminary studies at AMBS?
Our programs integrate academics, spiritual formation and practice. Join us — whether in person or at a distance — and deepen your understanding of Scripture, faith and Anabaptist theology!
Study at a distance
- Master of Divinity Connect (80 credit hours; online and hybrid courses)
- Master of Arts: Theology and Global Anabaptism (46 credit hours; fully or partially online)
- Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (21 credit hours; fully or partially online)
Study on campus
- Master of Divinity Campus (80 credit hours)
- Master of Arts in Christian Formation (60 credit hours)
- Master of Arts: Theology and Peace Studies (60 credit hours)
- Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (21 credit hours; customizable)
Take an Intensive Term seminary course!
- Hybrid courses (online work: May 9 – July 22, 2022; see Hybrid Week dates for each course below) include:
- Christian Leadership in the 21st Century (Hybrid Week on campus: June 6–11, 2022)
- Ethics and Practice of Forgiveness (Hybrid Week on campus: June 13–18, 2022)
- History of Christian Spirituality (Hybrid Week on campus: June 6–11, 2022)
- Campus courses include:
- Biblical Storytelling: May 9–20
- Practicing and Embodying Nonviolence: May 9–26
- Nonadmitted students get 50 percent off their first three credit hours!
Yes, you can afford seminary!
AMBS offers generous need-based financial aid, scholarships for full- and part-time students, and church matching grants to help make your education affordable—whether you study on campus or at a distance. In 2020–21, only 6.5% of our degree-seeking students borrowed money for their studies. Learn more about our merit-based and ministry scholarships as well as those for voluntary service and !Explore alumni!
Whether you visit our campus in person or virtually, we’re here to answer your questions about our academic programs, options for learning at a distance, financial aid, scholarships, community life or spiritual life at AMBS. We’ll connect you with professors, staff and students so you can get first-hand information on what AMBS has to offer — and a variety of perspectives on the AMBS experience.
MDiv Connect: Support your pastor!
Your congregation can help make a seminary education possible for your pastor or lay leader. A congregation that budgets to provide $3,833 per year for six years — half the cost of tuition for the Master of Divinity Connect program — would likely cover most of the cost for a student who has need.