Leaders explore reimagining ministry in times of collective trauma

Stories of trauma, resilience and self-care took center stage at the Pastors & Leaders 2023 conference hosted Feb. 13–16 by AMBS. Titled “Reimagining Ministry,” the event brought together approximately 150 people attending in person and 30 online participants for times of worship, learning and inspiration.

Keynote speakers Joni Sancken, PhD, and April Yamasaki, MA (pictured l. to r. above), considered some of the troubling realities in the world today — including those brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic — and shared insights from the Bible, scholarly research and their own life experiences. While acknowledging the effects of widespread pain and suffering in both global and local settings, they offered hope based on the powerful work and promises of God.

Also integral to the conference were daily times of worship and singing led by Katie Graber, PhD, and Anneli Loepp Thiessen, MMus, Co-Directors of the Anabaptist Worship Network, with members of the AMBS learning community…

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