Ministers' Week was the name in the Mennonite Church (MC) for a special series of addresses and discussions provided for ministers in service by the colleges and Bible schools of the church, originally offered for a school week, but later often reduced to three to five days, although still called a "week," and usually scheduled at the end of the six weeks' Winter Bible School. Topics of practical value to the working minister were offered, including Bible exposition, homiletics and pastoral work, doctrine, church program and problems, and Christian education. The first known Ministers' Week was offered by Hesston College in 1925. Johnstown (Pennsylvania, USA) Bible School followed in 1926, Goshen College in 1927, Ontario Bible School and Eastern Mennonite College in 1928, Canton (Ohio) Bible School and others later. Hesston and Johnstown were later transferred to conference sponsorship. Attendance usually included most of the active ordained men of the region served. In the mid-20th century attendance declined, and in a few cases the ministers' week was discontinued, or replaced as at Goshen by the School for Ministers lasting three weeks. For shorter meetings of one or two days see Ministers' Meeting.
Similar programs for ministers have been provided at the colleges of other
Mennonite groups such as
Bethel, Bluffton, Canadian Mennonite
Bible College for the General
Conference Mennonite Church,
Mennonite Brethren Bible College for the Mennonite Brethren in Canada.
See also Ministers' Bible Week
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 699. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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