Meets face-to-face, on campus, on several days
Instructor: Daniel P. Schrock
August 25-27, October 3-4,
December 5-6, March 6-7, May 1-2
This supervised program is for pastors and other leaders who want to become spiritual guides. The seminar meets several times over a ten-month period, giving participants opportunities to practice and reflect on their learnings. Offered biennially, it will meet during the 2016-2017 school year.
Congregational ministry provides many opportunities for accompanying people on their spiritual journeys and guiding them to deeper faith in God. In this seminar, participants will learn the art of spiritual guidance both through theoretical study and developing practical ministry skills.
Studying the literature of spiritual guidance
Experiencing spiritual guidance (both as director and directee)
Reflecting on and discussing assigned readings
Participating in case reviews and supervision
Reflecting theologically on the readings, discussions and personal experience
Several prerequisites apply.
Dan Schrock, DMin, sessional faculty, AMBS, is an experienced pastor and spiritual director from Goshen, Ind.
An online short course: 6 weeks, non-credit, $200
Dr. Jamie Pitts, Assistant Professor of Anabaptist Studies
September 14 to October 25
Early registration deadline: August 24
Learn about the birth and development of the Anabaptist movements in the sixteenth century, giving special attention to their theological, social and political contexts. In addition to surveying the history and theology of the first Anabaptists, the course looks at various interpretations of "Anabaptism" and its meaning today. Students will be challenged to draw connections between the sixteenth century and their own life and ministry.
After a general introduction to the material, we will look at the history of early Anabaptism in the three primary central European areas where it first developed: Switzerland, south Germany and Austria, and the Netherlands and north Germany. We will also see how Anabaptism spread through persecution and mission. Many Anabaptists settled and thrived in relatively safe places such as Moravia.
Studying this material will give us insight into the diversity of the early Anabaptist movements. Students will be challenged to offer an account of Anabaptism and its meaning for today that accounts for its historical diversity. We will end our time by examining some of the theological topics Anabaptists held most dearly: Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and discipleship.
PREPARE/ENRICH Certification Workshop
Delores Friesen, PhD
Saturday, August 20
Helping couples with their relationship is no easy task. How do you stimulate the right kind of conversation with an engaged couple? What types of issues should a married couple focus on? Which assessment tools are the most effective? What sorts of materials allow couples to get the most from their time and effort?
For over thirty years, PREPARE/ENRICH has served as an excellent guide for helping couples strengthen and explore their relationships. Built on a solid research foundation, PREPARE/ENRICH has been improved and refined over the years to become one of the best resources available. Whether you’re a pastor, counselor, mental health professional, mentor or relationship expert, PREPARE/ENRICH is the ideal tool to help you do your job better.
During this daylong workshop, Dr. Delores Friesen will lead participants in learning to administer the inventory.
$175 fee includes certification, training materials and one free scoring coupon; spouses are encouraged to attend for an additional $35.
Announcing the launch of Missional Leadership Development, our newly revised distance education program for forming and preparing missional leaders!
The Missional Leadership Development program is for active leaders of congregations, church planters, pastors called to ministry without a college or seminary education and lay leaders preparing for a variety of ministries in the church or community.
The program has six units of study and is built on three key elements
online coursework with other students
annual visits to the Elkhart campus or a nearby camp
bi-weekly meetings with a local pastoral mentor
(This program grew out of our Pastoral Studies Distance Education program).
Registration deadline for fall semester is September 12th.