Anabaptist Short Courses:


Anabaptist Worship Network directors Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber will teach two Anabaptist Short Courses at AMBS this academic year. You do not need to be a seminary student to participate, these are graduate-level, non-credit courses open to all (Continuing Education Units available). Click the titles below for more information. 

For more information, click on the course titles below, visit the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Church Leadership Center website, or contact the AWN directors. We would love to have you join us for these short courses!




October 28- December 15, 2020

How does worship connect to everyday life? Could learning a new form of prayer allow your community to be more attentive to God’s voice? How does your worship engage the spirituality of children? Why does your order of worship include the elements that it does?

This short course, A Worship Leader’s Introduction to Voices Together, explores the worship resources, styles and approaches that form the unique culture of a church community. Students will gain insight on how their worship can grow in vitality through an understanding of the function of items in the Voices Together hymnal (from gathering and praising through giving and sending).

Students will give and receive feedback on their own and their peers’ worship order design and delivery of spoken elements. Activities and optional assignments will include creating worship services and series, exploring current themes and unfamiliar forms of prayer and experiencing new acts of worship.

Participants will explore the histories and contexts of worship elements, as well as the artistic styles and traditions represented. They will discover how the Voices Together committee compiled resources with the intention of breaking down barriers and dismantling oppression. Participants will critically evaluate how new resources can nurture and stretch their communities.

This course offers insights for new and experienced worship planners and leaders by focusing on using the pew edition and Worship Leader Edition of the new Voices Together hynmal. 

February 10 – March 23, 2021

Do you know the stories behind the songs your church loves? How are all ages, backgrounds and abilities invited into your church’s song leadership? Why is it important to learn new songs and stretch our comfort zones? What kinds of music are Anabaptists writing?  

This course, A Song Leader’s Introduction to Voices Together, explores how to effectively teach and lead a variety of music including intercultural and contemporary styles. In this course, students will give and receive feedback on song leading and accompanying skills and develop the art of putting together an effective musical ensemble. Activities and optional assignments will include learning new songs and their stories, designing song sets and hymn sings, writing short songs for worship and making recordings of songs from the Voices Together hynmal.

Participants will explore the histories and contexts of worship elements, as well as the artistic styles and traditions represented. They will discover how the Voices Together committee compiled resources with the intention of breaking down barriers and dismantling oppression. Participants will critically evaluate how new resources can nurture and stretch their communities.

This course offers insights for all types of song leaders: new or experienced, band leader or conductor, organist or guitarist. Course content will focus on using the pew edition and Accompaniment Edition of the Voices Together hynmal.