Joint conference to focus on leading in hope through difficult times

January 24, 2022

ELKHART, IND.—What can we learn from leaders who were formed “in the wilderness” for the struggles we face today? This question is central to the theme of an upcoming conference for pastors and faith formation leaders of all Christian denominations. Titled “Formed in the Wilderness, Leading in Hope,” the conference will be held in person on the campus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Feb. 21-24, with livestreaming and Zoom connections also available for those at a distance. Participants in the conference will draw insight from the late Alan Kreider’s book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire (Baker Academic, 2016), as they seek guidance and inspiration for the challenges of today. Each day, Eleanor Kreider, Alan’s wife and partner in ministry and scholarship, will offer reflections on readings from Alan’s book, followed by responses from two Anabaptist church leaders. Also each day, Tom Yoder Neufeld, professor emeritus of religious studies and theological studies at Conrad Grebel University College, will lead Bible studies that draw on stories of leading in hope through difficult times. For details and registration information, visit

—Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Mennonite Church U.S.A.


Speakers at the upcoming Pastors & Leaders | Deep Faith 2022 conference will include (from left) Sibonokuhle Ncube, Eleanor Kreider, Tom Yoder Neufeld and Rolando Sosa Granados. (Photos courtesy of AMBS)

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