SLT Special Events and Offers
Monday 5:00-6:45 p.m., Seminary Martin Chapel
Pick up your registration packet; then enjoy light refreshments sponsored by EMU Office of Church Partnerships and the EMU Alumni Office.
Discerning God’s Will Together – Opening Keynote*
Monday 7:00-8:30 p.m., Lehman Auditorium
Spiritual discernment is one of the primary ways that God’s people discover God’s preferred future for their lives. Corporate discernment shapes the future of the church through Bible study, the practice of spiritual disciplines, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the midst of a gathered group. Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church USA Executive, will explore these themes from his recent book to set the direction for our 2014 School and will engage a response by Dean Michael A. King.
*This is the only session of the School for Leadership Training open and free to the public.
Pastor Appreciation Breakfast with the President, 2014
7:00 a.m. – President’s Reception Room, University Commons
Pastors registered for SLT are invited to join Loren Swartzendruber and his wife Pat for one complimentary light breakfast on either Tuesday, Jan 21 or Wednesday, Jan 22 from 7-8 a.m. We suggest that persons whose last name begins with A-L attend on Tuesday and those whose last name begins with M-Z attend on Wednesday. This will be a time to meet Loren and Pat as well as connect with other pastors. Preregistration necessary.
Mumaw at Eastern Mennonite: A Case Study in Contexts for Discernment
Tuesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northlawn West Dining Room
In 1920 a defiant John R. Mumaw enrolled at Eastern Mennonite School at his mother’s insistence. Thirty years later the Virginia Mennonite Conference approved him as EMC’s fourth president, then initiated an investigation against him. Nathan Yoder, EMS faculty member, follows the paradoxes of Mumaw’s life as a case study in twentieth-century discernment. Bring your own dining hall meal or bag lunch. Optional event; space limited.
Leadership Case Study
Approximately 11:55, Martin Chapel
Immediately following worship and before lunch, Ervin Stutzman, leader of one denomination- Mennonite Church USA- will aim to offer clarity of viewpoint while seeking to remain relationally present to those holding other viewpoints. EMS Dean Michael A. King will respond. This is offered as a brief leadership “case study” for all those present who are experiencing the effects of LGBT issues in their communities of faith.
Women in Ministry Luncheon
Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m., Northlawn West Dining Room
Women who are in or considering ministerial roles are invited to bring their dining hall meals or bag lunches to the West Dining Room in Northlawn. Laura Amstutz, Director of Seminary Admissions, will facilitate a time of networking and encouragement.
Discount Book Offer
EMS is offering keynote speaker Ervin Stutzman’s book – “Discerning God’s Will Together” – at $10, a discount from the retail price of $16.95. If you choose to purchase, please note this on your registration form and a copy will be waiting for you upon arrival.