We recognize the need for laity ministers and vocational clergy to continuously sharpen their skills and increase their knowledge while in ministry. AMI aims to sponsor notable educators and practitioners who will provide the necessary information that will strengthen and equip ministers to engage people effectively in the 21st Century. In the end, we hope the general church is supported by clergy who are qualified and able to minister amidst the complexities they are confronted with in this era. Our approach is in concert with our belief that God’s Church grows stronger when God’s leaders grow stronger.
Who is AMI?
The Associates Ministers Institute (AMI) is a ministry initiative of the Missouri and Kansas Christian Church Disciples of Christ Fellowship with African American Churches (MOKAN). MOKAN is a Leadership Development ministry within Greater Kansas City Region of the Christian Church (DOC). For more information please visit:
What does AMI do?
AMI delivers continued education through lectures, seminars and workshops. Each session features notable scholars and practitioners in the church. AMI provides continued education for people who serve in leadership at their local church. AMI was developed with associate ministers in mind, but is cognizant that associate ministers are not the only leaders within the church that need in-depth Christian education on a consistent basis.
When does AMI offer sessions?
AMI will offer sessions once a month for nine months out of each year. Session will be held from March to November.
Where does AMI conduct sessions?
Local churches throughout the greater Kansas City area will host the majority of AMI sessions.
Why the need for AMI?
AMI is unique compared to other religious educational institution. Unlike, other institutions AMI seeks to provide education for non-degree seeking individuals on a consistent basis. AMI seeks to serve people who cannot pursue a formal education in religious studies. AMI supports seminaries all over. It is our hope that AMI will start the spark that will ignite the flame in leaders compelling them to seek a formal education. AMI also serves churches and pastors who struggle with providing continued education for church leaders. It is the churches obligation to help prepare leaders for ministry. AMI helps in fulfilling the church’s obligation.