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Alternative Ministerial Education (AME) was created by the Regional Ministry Board of the Great Rivers Region for the purpose of providing an alternative, non-traditional education for ministers.
It was anticipated that these would be primarily pastors serving"family" or "pastoral" size churches and/or bivocational pastors.
When the newest standards were proposed by ABCUSA in 1994, alternative education was gathered under the umbrella of "Track III" in the educational scheme. Its intent remains the same. Our desire is not to create an obstacle for potential pastors, but to provide another avenue by which to prepare persons for even more effective ministry. However, the completion of courses does not guarantee ordination or placement as a minister.
AME is administered by a Dean, who is appointed by the Executive Minister.