Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series

Reading the Bible in an Instagram World

February 21 to 23, 2014

Reading the Bible in an Instagram world - AVDS 2014In a world saturated with tweets, snapchats and Facebook updates, we hunger for something real, something lasting. But the Bible is a thousand-year-old book. Can it be relevant for us today? And even if we believe it has an authentic message for us, how do we find and teach that truth—and how do we make it user-friendly—without watering it down?

The Hesston College Biblical Literature curriculum (Bib Lit) is credited with making the “thousand-year-old book” come alive for 17 to 20 year olds. Many say it’s the key to understanding their own story.

Join us to learn how to make the Bible come alive. Break out sessions will use Leonard Sweet’s EPIC principle (Experiential, Participatory, Image-based and Communal). Do this for you…and those with whom you minister.


Print, complete and mail the registration form. Rates (per person):

  • Individual…$100
  • Group (three or more)…$80
  • Student…$20

Tentative Schedule

Friday, Feb. 21

5:30 p.m. – Registration
6:45 to 7 p.m. – Welcome, introductions & announcements
7 to 8:15 p.m. – Worship & plenary
Hook #1: Bible timeline and three questions
8:15 p.m. – Saturday preview

Saturday, Feb. 22

Breakfast on your own
9 to 10:15 a.m. – Worship & plenary
Hook #2: Powerful themes from the Bible
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Break sponsored by Everence
10:45 a.m. to noon – Worship & plenary
Hook #3: The inductive Bible study process
12:15 to 1:30 p.m. – Box lunch
work in small groups
1:45 to 2:45 p.m. – EPIC Break-outs #1 (choose one)
• Reciting the Heilsgeschichte: Hesston College student
• Creating theatre out of scripture: Ted Swartz
• Participatory preaching
3 to 4 p.m. – EPIC Break-outs #2 (choose one)
• Reciting the Heilsgeschichte: Hesston College student
• Reading the Bible as a spiritual discipline: Del Hershberger and Marvin Lorenzana
• Reading Scripture well: Laura Kraybill
4 to 4:30 p.m. – Break
4:30 to 5:45 p.m. – Genre Café
A humorous glimpse into the mishaps of biblical interpretations and the importance of getting it right: Ted Swartz & Hesston College students
6 to 7 p.m. – Soup and salad supper
Continue small group work
7:30 p.m. – Didn’t you get my letter? Musings from the Apostle Paul: Ted & Co.
Hear the story underneath the letters…hear the heart of Paul. *Show included in registration. Public ticketed event for others. Invite your family and friends to attend!

Sunday, Feb. 23

9 to 9:45 a.m. – Sunday School
Q&A with Marion and Michele
10 to 10:30 a.m. -Pre-service “Hooks” Stories & worship singing
10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – “Hooks” Live-in-action
Worship with Hesston Mennonite church and hear a variety of 21st Century believers use Biblical hooks to connect their story with God’s story.
11:30 a.m. – Closing remarks wrap-up


Marion Bontrager, Michele Hershberger, Jeremy Kempf, Ted Swartz

Marion Bontrager
Conference leader, speaker, Hesston College Bible and Ministry faculty and a creator of Hesston College’s Bib Lit curriculum.
Michele Hershberger
Speaker, writer and chair of the Hesston College Bible and Ministry program.
Jeremy Kempf
Songwriter and worship leader who lives in Glendale, Ariz., where he serves as the director of Music and Worship at Trinity Mennonite Church. He’s a Hesston College graduate and former Bib Lit student.
Ted Swartz
Coupling theater and seminary education, Ted (Harrisonburg, Va.) discovered that at the intersection of humor and biblical story we often find new or different understandings of Scripture. Founder of Ted & Co. TheatreWorks.

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