Email connection is better than no connection.
Virtual connection is better than email connection.
Face-to-face connection is the best of all!
That’s why we created a “Gathering Place: LIVE” component to this site highlighting opportunities for you to gather face-to-face with your peers in youth ministry. Check out these events near you! If you are planning something in your local area, please let us know so we can post it here!
This is a first-ever leadership conference for Mennonite Church USA youth of color!
Goals for the weekend include helping participants strengthen their leadership skills and creating a database of potential leaders of color for the future of the church. Youth will also connect with elders and mentors who can provide ongoing guidance, teaching and support in their journeys as leaders.
Workshops will include:
- Discovering calling: Identity and purpose
- Dealing with law enforcement
- Inner branding
- Everence Financial: Planning for the future
- College skills (Hesston College)
- Personal appearance/dress
Registration: The registration cost is $10/person. A travel stipend of $600/group is also available to youth groups.
Find more information regarding this conference here. Registration will open soon!
Oct. 6–8, 2016
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
This isn’t your average gathering for faith formation! This will be the first of its kind: a formation conference for and by Anabaptist formation leaders! The Deep Faith conference will gather Anabaptist pastors, teachers and lay leaders to re-imagine what faith formation ministry looks like in this century through theology, relationship and practice. This gathering will take place Oct. 6–8, 2016, at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.
Because Jesus calls us to a life-long journey, our faith and practices are also shaped in part by our age and our stage in life. Yet all too often our approach to faith formation is limited to the “Christian education hour” where children and adults are separated in age groups or other homogeneous units. Deep Faith planners believe that our faith and practices are deepest and richest when our Christian community embraces and nurtures people of different ages and stages; different races, ethnicities and cultures; different classes and different genders in a variety of contexts. It is our hope that this conference will help participants develop a robust understanding of the Christian faith in life and practice for all ages.
Early registration (until Sept. 14)
$125 USD/adult, $50 USD/student
This event will be hosted at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), 3003 Benham Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46517.
Power – yes, you’ve got it!
Let’s recognize it honor it, share it, celebrate it and transform the way we use it!
Mennonite women and women interested in Anabaptism, come. Pastors, academics, activists, students and members of the church, come. Women interested in doing theology — reflecting on God in relation to our lives — come.
Come to listen to the stories of your sisters from all across the country and come to share your own. Come to build relationships. Come to nurture your soul, challenge your mind and find rest for your body. It’s important to recognize that doing theology is something that happens daily, as our personal experiences inform our faith and personal views of God. Everyone has something to offer, and this conference will provide participants with opportunities to be challenged and to grow together.
We all play a part in our shared theology. We all have experience, wisdom and insight to offer.
There is a place at the table for you at this Mennonite Church USA Women In Leadership Project sponsored event.
We’ll be focusing our conversations and presentations on the topic of power. As Christians and peacemakers, it is extremely important that we be aware of the power we possess. People don’t always recognize the power they hold, and sometimes it can feel scary to exercise that power. We hope to not only recognize it, but also embrace it — acknowledging that the Spirit of God can and will work in and through us as we do. Read more here.
January 16-18, 2017
“Yearning to Get Along…and Be True to Ourselves”
…Whether we can do both is a riddle of our times. Whatever our political, cultural, or theological place, we often see someone as “other” than us. How can we interact to discover our common ground and perhaps even gain insights and treasured relationships? Are we even willing to try?
At School for Leadership Training 2017, we will explore healthy ways to navigate our interactions with the “other” while wearing our own world-view glasses. In the course of our time together we hope participants will expand their circle of neighbors and engage on another and the topics to discover new insights and gifts.
Sign up today: www.emu.edu/seminary/slt
“Cultivating Intercultural Leadership
for Diversity-Oriented Churches”
Join AMBS for their Pastor’s Week 2017 with A. Brian Leander, Ph.D. As Christian churches, organizations and movements in the United States and Canada have become increasingly diverse, one’s capacity to lead wisely in the context of difference is becoming more and more crucial.
While many congregations and organizations welcome and ecnourage ethnic, racial, cultural, economic, and educational diversity, these differences also can be a source of confusion and tension in the Christian community.
Dr. A. Brian Leander believes that diversity is God’s desire and design. As followers of Jesus, we are called to embrace, honor and learn from the differences among us.
Come and explore with us as we aspire to a new and indelible calling towards reconciliation, understanding, and intercultural mission.
Sign up today: www.ambs.edu/pastorsweek