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Bulletin announcements from AMBS – November 2022

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Nov. 6
Seeking an Assistant Director of Human Resources (HR) and Payroll. Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, is accepting applications for this half-time position. The person in this role will serve as the primary contact for HR/payroll-related issues. Qualifications: bachelor’s degree required; prior HR/payroll experience preferred; excellent organizational skills; strong communication skills; intercultural competence. See the full job description:
Registration is open: AMBS Pastors & Leaders 2023: Reimagining Ministry: Feb. 13–16. How do we think about our ministry in this time of collective trauma stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice, economic uncertainty and rising polarization? This conference will give participants ideas and practices to help nurture resilience, compassion and hope in themselves and in their congregations by learning from Jesus’ ministry. Speakers: Joni Sancken and April Yamasaki. Plan to join us in person or online! Also, workshop proposals on “reimagining ministry” are due Dec. 1.
Church matching grants for seminary. AMBS offers grants of up to $2,000 per academic year to match contributions that congregations, conferences and regional churches make toward a full-time graduate student’s tuition costs. We’re committed to making theological education affordable and accessible for students across the church — tap a shoulder!
Nov. 13
New Vision issue on “Spirituality and aging” available for free online. The Fall 2022 issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology is co-edited by Jane Kuepfer, PhD, and Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD. This issue focuses on three aspects of spirituality and aging — changes, questions and resources — and seeks to honor the experience of aging.
Understanding Anabaptist Approaches to Scripture: Feb. 1 – March 14. Join David Cramer, PhD, and Susannah Larry, PhD, to study how 16th-century Anabaptists approached Scripture — as compared with Catholics and other Protestants — and to understand those similarities and differences in light of today. Sign up by Jan. 11 for this six-week online AMBS short course and save $50.
Strengthen your leadership skills at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary! Join our vibrant learning community — on campus or at a distance, full time or part time — and focus on areas such as pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, theology, peace studies, global Anabaptism or environmental sustainability leadership. We offer generous need-based financial aid and scholarships. Apply now!
Nov. 20
Advent Recital: Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m. in Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s Chapel of the Sermon on the Mount (3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana). With Shirley King on organ, Don Kehrberg on oboe and other reed instruments, and Brian Wiebe on viola and piano, this evening of music will feature Advent arrangements, classical selections and jazz settings. All are invited and admission is free, with donations accepted for the Worship and Arts Scholarship at AMBS. The program will be approximately 90 minutes long, with an intermission.
Take a seminary course this spring! AMBS’s distance-friendly options include Faith Formation and Spirituality: Adults and Seniors; Gender and the Bible; Global Anabaptist-Mennonite History and Theology; God’s Shalom and the Church’s Witness; Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics; Spiritual Practices: Water of Life; The Epistle to the Romans; and more. In-person courses are also available. Nonadmitted students get 50% off their first three credit hours. Courses begin Jan. 10; sign up by Jan. 2.
Do you want to explore a call to ministry? Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s distance-friendly undergraduate-level Journey Missional Leadership Development Program supports learners as they explore spiritual leadership in their local churches and communities and deepen their understanding of Anabaptist theology and ministry with a dedicated mentor. The Spring 2023 cohort begins Feb. 22; apply by Dec. 7 to save $100!  

Nov. 27
Anabaptist Witness 9.2, “Mission and Health.” This AW issue — edited by Jamie Pitts, PhD — explores the place of healing in the church’s conception of its purpose and task. It includes essays connecting current issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and HIV/AIDS to past and present Mennonite medical mission work, and a call for the church to be reshaped by the witness of persons with disabilities. Read it online for free:
Seminary Preview Webinar. Thinking about seminary? Or do you know someone who might be? Join us online on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 88:45 p.m. EST, and get a glimpse of what Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary has to offer — whether you want to study at a distance or on our campus in Elkhart, Indiana. Areas of study at AMBS include pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, Christian formation, peacebuilding, Anabaptist theology, environmental sustainability leadership and more. Register online:
Ministry Integrity Circles. Pastors, need help with ministry transitions or significant challenges? AMBS’s Ministry Integrity Circles program provides the support of consultants within a community of peers. The Spring 2023 cohort will meet via Zoom and is free to participants. The start date is March 27; apply by Feb. 27.
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