MCEC School for Ministers - February 22 to 24, 2017

ALW 850 - MCEC School for Ministers

Date: Wednesday, February 22 to Friday, February 24, 2017

Location: Conrad Grebel University College (Waterloo, ON)

Theme: "Ministry on a Human Scale"

Keynote speaker: Mandy Smith (author of The Vulnerable Pastor)


Description: When a pastor acknowledges her own limitations, how does that inform her preaching? How can a pastor see his own weakness as an opportunity for God to show God’s power? This year we will explore the practical, theological, and spiritual implications of pastors embracing their full humanity, including their limitations and vulnerabilities. Day One will focus on personal, inner dynamics of the pastor’s own heart. Day Two will focus on how the pastor nurtures a human-scale “culture of leadership” within the congregation. Day Three will focus on how this culture of leadership becomes evident in preaching, teaching, and evangelism.


Pastor (3 days) $175
Pastor (2 days) $120
Pastor (1 day) $60
Retired pastor (3 days) $90
Retired pastor (2 days) $60
Retired pastor (1 day) $30
Student/Spouse of pastor (3 days) $90
Student/Spouse of pastor (2 days) $60
Student/Spouse of pastor (1 day) $30


Mandy SmithMandy Smith: Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today publications and the Missio Alliance Blog and the author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry and Making a Mess and Meeting God. She is also the creator of The Collect, a citywide trash-to-art project. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their two kids in a little house where the teapot is always warm.


Draft schedule

Draft Schedule (PDF)

Draft workshop listings

(The following workshops are spread over two days)

  1. Naming our struggle with power as Mennonite leaders – led by Lydia and Gary Harder (scholar and pastor)
  2. Art as reflective prayer – led by Mandy Smith (keynote speaker)
  3. Biblical stories of power and weakness – led by Don Penner (pastor)
  4. Mennonite pastors can cook – leader TBA – this workshop involves guided discussion followed by making pies, literally
  5. Come as you are, Sing as you are – led by Sara Fretz (music therapist)
  6. Yoga for pastors – led by Marg Hull (yoga instructor)
  7. World Café – led by Matthew Bailey-Dick (ALW program coordinator)

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