Shane Claiborne to headline AVDS conference

Hesston College’s annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series will feature nationally known Christian speaker and author, Shane Claiborne, to explore the theme “Not Just on Sunday” Feb. 19 to 21.

The conference will explore what it looks like to live a vibrant 24/7 faith by discovering spiritual practices that bring transformation. Both youth and adults will benefit, as separate tracks will be offered on Saturday afternoon for congregational life, headlined by Claiborne, and youth ministry, with speaker Nes Espinosa.

A full weekend schedule and registration information can be found online. Registration discounts are available for sponsoring congregations, groups of two or more and youth of all ages.

The Friday evening opening session at 7 p.m., Feb. 19, at Hesston Mennonite Church on the Hesston College campus, will be open to the public, and high school and junior high youth groups are especially invited to attend. Claiborne will speak that evening on “Re-imagine the Body of Christ alive in the world today.”

Saturday evening will feature a concert celebration with bluegrass and eclectic music by Hesston College alumnus Dave Miller and local group The Book of Jebb at 7 p.m., Feb. 20, at Hesston Mennonite Church. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and will be available at the Hesston College Bookstore at 620-327-8104 or at the door. Youth of all ages are free.

Now pastor of Bellwood Mennonite Church (Milford, Neb.), Miller has played music professionally with Barbara Mandrel. The Book of Jebb features bluegrass, gospel and folk usic.

Claiborne has written or co-authored seven books that have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has more than 100 speaking engagements a year, including the Mennonite Church USA 2015 convention in Kansas City this past July. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today and the Wall Street Journal, and he has appeared on Fox News, CNN and NPR.

Claiborne is also the founder of The Simple Way, a radical faith community that lives among and serves the homeless in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. He has also worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, the suburbs of Chicago serving at the influential mega-church Willow Creek and several troubled regions of the world, including Rwanda, the West Bank of Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Espinosa serves as the executive director of Timoteo Football Philadelphia, which supports communities by empowering men to mentor youth through athletics and spiritual formation. His years of youth ministry experience come from serving as youth pastor in urban Philadelphia churches and youth programs.

Contact the Hesston College Special Events Office with questions at 800-437-7866.