Seminary offers free webinar for planning online Easter services – Recording now available

Published: March 27, 2020

A recording of the event has been posted at

ELKHART, Indiana (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary) — In fall 2017, 15 students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana, participated in a course on Christian Ritual in Worship — a blended course with both online and campus students.

Several of these students and their professor are using what they learned from the course to offer a free webinar, Planning Easter and Good Friday worship: Fostering meaningful interactions while physically separate. The live event — designed for worship planners, leaders and pastors — will explore ways to create engaging online worship that encourages participants to connect with God and one another with their whole selves, even at a distance.

The free webinar will took place online on Tuesday, March 31, 3–4:15 p.m. EDT. It is open to anyone from any denomination. Pre-registration is not required. Attendance is limited to the first 300 people who log on. A recording of the event has been posted at

Webinar presenters will address the differences between video conferencing and live streaming; logistical and leadership considerations for planning and leading online; and new possibilities arising in these online formats.


  • Rebecca Slough, Ph.D., Academic Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of Worship and the Arts
  • Michelle Curtis, Master of Divinity 2018, originally of Lansdale, Pennsylvania
  • Melissa Atchison, Master of Divinity student from Manhattan, Kansas
  • Deb Coates, Master of Divinity student from Brush Prairie, Washington
  • Joyce Peachey Lind, Master of Divinity student from Harrisonburg, Virginia

— AMBS release

See also With hope and resilience: Resources for living and worshiping together through extraordinary times — a collection of resources intended to foster a spirit of hope, trust, resilience and ongoing faith during the global COVID-19 outbreak.

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