Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series

Growing more like Jesus from the Outside In: Transforming Heart and Mind

How do we live in the way of Jesus – pursuing a life that is deeply soulful and connected to real needs and good news to our world? AVDS 2019 offers a time of spiritual formation that is grounded in community and full of healing and hope in our everyday lives. It seeks to answer the question: Where can we find support to take new risks to practice the way of Jesus together?


We will spend time dwelling deeply in the word, re-examining our values and tending to our own soul in order to live vital counter-cultural lives. Then we can explore together the practical Ninefold Path of the Beatitudes: EXPLORE the radical life-giving invitation they provide, ENGAGE the dynamic of shared experiments and practices, CREATE SPACE to rest, connect and refresh and COME AWAY with tools/skills to lead others on the journey.

AVDS is pleased to partner with Mark and Lisa Scandrette for this year’s event. Mark is an internationally recognized expert in Christian spirituality and founder of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice. His recent books include FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, Practicing the Way of Jesus, Belonging and Becoming, and The Ninefold Path. Scandrette teaches in the doctoral program at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). See a variety of Mark’s presentations at


Conference participants are encouraged to advance read Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love, available for purchase at Amazon. Information about The Ninefold Path Notebook can be found at and books can be purchased through Church Relations at Hesston College.

We ask participants to offer prayers, fast if appropriate, and intercede on behalf of the conference. We will move in both TED Talk and group practice styles of learning over the course of the conference. May our work be one that will honor Christ and each other as all of God’s children.

News release – Annual conference to focus on counter-cultural spirituality and connection

Mark and Lisa ScandretteKeynote Presenters

Mark Scandrette is an author, teacher, activist and coach for leaders and teams who want to create a better world from the inside out. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice, where he leads an annual series of retreats, workshops and projects designed to help participants apply spiritual wisdom to everyday life. He is on the creative team for the 9 Beats Collective, a project exploring the beatitudes as a 21st century vocabulary for the living way of Jesus. A sought after voice for creative, radical and embodied faith practices, he frequently speaks at universities, churches and conferences nationally and internationally, and also serves as adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). Mark has extensive background in church leadership and community-based organizations. He graduated fromBemidji (Minn.) State University with a degree in applied psychology with an emphasis in family and community health, studied theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and received training as a spiritual director at Mercy Center, Burlingame, Calif. He has been influenced by teachers and mentors that include Dallas Willard and Fr. Richard Rohr.

Lisa Scandrette has devoted herself to a life of care, hospitality and teaching. She regularly facilitates workshops and administrates for ReIMAGINE. She is coauthor, along with Mark, of FREE: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most.


2019 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series sponsors
2019 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series sponsors