Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning

New ministry program launching for developing church leaders

A new ministry program geared toward pastors and other adult learners who desire more training as church leaders will launch at Hesston College with the fall 2020 semester in August. Called the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning – or “CALL” – the program will be a hybrid of online and in-person learning that seeks […]

Living More with More - AVDS 2020

Financial responsibility and stewardship focus of annual AVDS weekend

Hesston College will partner with Everence Financial for a weekend conference focused on stewardship of finances, resources and hospitality. The annual Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series conference (AVDS) will be February 21 to 23 with the theme “Living More with More: Redefining the Good Life.” The weekend’s content will have interest points for all life […]

La Biblia Como Narrativa

Bib Lit textbook gets Spanish translation

After more than 18 months of work, the book that is the textbook for Hesston College’s famous Biblical Literature (Bib Lit) course and accompanies presentations of the course to church congregations and other groups across the country, was released to the public in Spanish. The Bible as Story: An Introduction to Biblical Literature, or La […]

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A study of biblical prophets and Revelation available for community members

Community members interested in ministry, church leaders and anyone with a general interest in the Bible are invited to join the Hesston College Prophets and Revelation course for the spring 2020 semester. Taught by Bible and Ministry professor Michele Hershberger, the class meets on Monday night from 6 to 7:45 p.m.. The first class of […]

Bib Lit

Famous Bib Lit course going online for a wider audience

Starting with the spring 2020 semester on January 15, Hesston College will take another step to make its well-known Biblical Literature course accessible to people outside of Hesston College with a sixteen-week online course offering. With the college’s recent announcement of taking Bib Lit, as it is commonly known, on the road to congregations and […]

Weekend College: The Bible as Story

Weekend College to offer biblical learning to congregations and other groups

As Hesston College prepares its new church leadership program – the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning (CALL) – it is also offering its famous Biblical Literature course to congregations and other groups across the country in an arrangement called Weekend College. “Weekend College is a non-credit educational experience for congregations or other groups in […]

Bible and Ministry professor Michele Hershberger will lead a Spring 2019 class, Missional Leadership, in which community members are invited to participate alongside college students.

Course on missional leadership open to the community

The Hesston College Bible and Ministry department is offering an opportunity for members of the local community to take a Spring 2019 semester class that will allow them to consider their faith and “mission” alongside college students. The Missional Leadership class, led by professor Michele Hershberger, is a seminar-style class that will explore the theology […]

Philadelphia Urban Life and Culture

Mutual partnership produces a college class in Philadelphia

Kingdom Builders Network, Mennonite Mission Network and Hesston College – three organizations who five years ago had very little in common, have been on a journey of discovery toward mutual partnership. That partnership paved the way for a Hesston College course taught by Kingdom Builders Network leaders in Philadelphia. Kingdom Builders Network counts almost fifty […]

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Reflection on Philadelphia Urban Life and Culture class

The following was written by Bible and ministry professor Michele Hershberger, who is leading a three-week inter-cultural class in Philadelphia.   Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Do we take God to the city? Or do we find God in the city? Those are two very different questions. They emerge from two very different worldviews. Along with […]

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Philadelphia trip to explore culture and Christianity in an urban setting

Interested persons age 18 and older are invited to join Hesston College Bible and ministry professor Michele Hershberger and students for a three-week urban culture learning trip to Philadelphia, Pa., May 13 to June 3. The transcultural trip will focus on the Latino/a-American culture in the city and the church, as well as that of […]

Michele Hershberger

Hershberger awarded KICA Faculty of Distinction

The Kansas Independent College Association (KICA) proudly announced the selection of seventeen college faculty members to receive the association’s Faculty of Distinction award. Michele Hershberger, Hesston College Bible and ministry faculty member, was named Hesston’s recipient of the award. The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award reception in Newton, Kan., on Nov. […]

Marvin Lorenzana of Mennonite Mission Network talks to students in Michele Hershberger’s Exploring Ministry class Sept. 10, at Hesston College.

Exploring missional engagement

Marvin Lorenzana of Mennonite Mission Network talks to students in Michele Hershberger’s Exploring Ministry class Sept. 10, at Hesston College. The students will each lead two other students on campus in a triad – an accountability group, which is part of MMN’s Missional Discipleship Initiative and Leadership Mentoring program. Lorenzana explained that the program’s mission […]

Father John Dear speaks on nonviolence during Hesston College’s AVDS conference “Overcoming Evil: Ordinary People Making a Difference” Feb. 13 to 15.

AVDS conference motivates nonviolent action

How do followers of Jesus Christ pursue nonviolence in a world full of violence? That was the question explored by the 170 participants at Hesston College’s Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series weekend Feb. 13 to 15. The weekend’s theme, “Overcoming Evil: Ordinary People Making a Difference,” featured Father John Dear, a peace activist and 2008 […]

Overcoming evil - Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series 2015

AVDS conference to explore becoming people of nonviolence

Hesston College’s Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series conference, Feb. 13 to 15, will focus on the theme “Overcoming Evil: Ordinary People Making a Difference.” Participants will explore ways to overcome evil with good in the face of the contemporary violence and conflicts in places such as Ferguson, Mo., or the Middle East. The event will […]

Photo from Know Jesus 2015 by Desiree Corona

Anabaptist history comes to life at Know Jesus

Hesston College history instructor John Sharp illustrates a story of early Anabaptist martyrs with help from middle school participants during the Know Jesus event Jan. 31 to Feb. 1. About 200 middle school students from 16 South Central and Western District conference congregations in Kansas participated in the weekend held on the Hesston College campus. […]