Institute of Mennonite Studies at AMBS

IMS is the research agency of AMBS. It promotes and administers avenues for research, conversation, and publication on topics and issues vital to Mennonite congregations and the Anabaptist faith tradition.

Founded in 1958, IMS brings together Mennonite scholars and friends to discuss issues; facilitates publication of resources in the areas of life, faith, work, and witness; and encourages research and scholarship in Anabaptist history and theology.

IMS publications

An Institute of Mennonite Studies book catalog includes annotated entries of all books published by the institute and where the publications are available for purchase. It also includes a topical index and an author-editor index. The PDF file is searchable and all contributors are named in the publication descriptions.

  • A major focus of IMS has been research and publication in Anabaptist history and theology, including the publication of the Classics of the Radical Reformation series.
  • Studies in Peace and Scripture is a series of scholarly works on peace and violence in the Bible and about ways we understand these texts and their impact in our world. SPS welcomes manuscript proposals.
  • The purpose of Occasional Papers is to make various types of essays available to foster dialogue in biblical, theological and practical ministry areas and to invite critical counsel from within the Mennonite theological community.
  • The Text Reader Series seeks to make available resources that have promise for seminary classroom use. Priority is given to publishing materials with an orientation toward or relevance for Anabaptist-Mennonite theological tradition.

The Institute maintains a Subscribers list, to whom announcements of publications are sent. Subscribers or Associates who request standing order status receive a 20 percent discount.

Supporting the work of IMS

The work of the Institute is financed by an annual AMBS budget appropriation, grants from foundations and church agencies, contributions from interested individuals, and royalty payments from IMS publications. Persons interested in becoming IMS Associates and/or wishing to contribute to the IMS budget may write to:

Institute of Mennonite Studies
3003 Benham Avenue
Elkhart, Indiana 46517

IMS can accept MasterCard and Visa payments.