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Weekend Schedule

Friday, Feb. 21

11 to 11:30 a.m. – Campus forum – “A Tale of Two Disciples: Answering the Call to Ministry,” Colin Saxton and Leonard Dow, Hesston Mennonite Church (HMC)
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Lunch presentations, Bontrager Student Center Sauder & Newcomer Rooms
  • “Entrepreneurial Ministry: Doing business from a faith perspective,” Leonard Dow. Finding and creating space for the entrepreneurial spirit in a faith context.
  • “Money and Spiritual Life: How do we use resources in service to Christ and the World and what are the challenges to do so?” Colin Saxton
5:15 to 6:45 p.m. – Community Leaders Banquet, Campus location TBD
A special dinner to honor clergy attending AVDS for the work they do and the sacrifices made in answering the call to serve in congregational ministry.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. – AVDS Weekend Conference formally starts, Registration, HMC
7 to 9 p.m. – Opening plenary session, HMC
**This Session is open to the public. An offering will be collected for conference expenses for those attending this session only.
Keynote address: “Redefining the Good Life: Motivated by Love,” Leonard Dow. What are our wealth accumulation motives? Are they based on our love in Christ? Scripture texts from Matthew 3:13-17 and Matthew 17:1-8.
Telling our stories: Part 1, Michele Hershberger, Hesston College Bible prof, An introduction to the Money Autobiography Experience.

Saturday, Feb. 22

Breakfast on your own
9 to 10:15 a.m. – Welcome and gathering music
Telling our stories: Part 2, Michele Hershberger, Diving deeper into our relationship with money
10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Sponsor break – Visit with sponsors and participants
10:45 to 11:45 a.m. – “Redefining the Good Life: Finding Freedom and Joy in God’s Spacious Love,” Colin Saxton
An intimacy with God that can free us from anxiety and find gratitude is central to a contented life. Scripture texts from Exodus 3, Psalms 18 and 31.
Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch, Bontrager Student Center Dining Hall
Pastoral Ministries alumni and friends reunion lunch
A time to reconnect and learn about Hesston’s new CALL program with faculty members Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg and Michele Hershberger.
1:15 to 5 p.m. – Redefining the Good Life Seminar breakout sessions, Hesston campus
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. – Session 1
  • Everence Urban Initiative, Leonard Dow, Everence stewardship and development specialist
    Everence develops and grows relationships in traditional rural communities and now has a stronger presence in urban and multi/intercultural communities as well. How can Everence impact communities like yours?
  • Retirement Planning, Keegan LeFevre and Robert Wall, Everence financial consultants
    Whether you’re just getting started in your career or in the final stretch, a plan for retirement and related goals is valuable. Clergy are encouraged to attend for related housing allowance interactions and retirement income.
  • “Narrative Budgeting: Cultivating Generous Congregations,” Colin Saxton, Everence stewardship consultant
    Congregations can reimagine generosity and faithful stewardship by overcoming barriers and establishing new patterns/practices of giving. Through an Everence partnership with Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, congregational leaders can discern and implement an action plan in their context and community. An introduction to a full workshop Everence offers for multiple congregations.
  • Hospitality, Mitch Stutzman, Everence stewardship consultant
    What does hospitality mean to you? Has someone opened their home to you when traveling, or is it a person who regularly invites people for meals? Core hospitality is being open with possessions, and cultivating that spirit is stewardship. Explore practicing this spiritual discipline.
  • Debt Health, Natalie Martinez, Everence stewardship consultant. Presented in English. Participants will learn basic debt information, how to obtain a copy of their own credit report, understand what their credit report means for their financial health, learn tangible ways to improve their credit and practical ways in addressing debt. We will learn about the “B word” (budget), and how to create one. The first critical step to gain control over money is to track where it goes. By creating a budget, you can make sure your spending and giving reflects who you are and what’s important to you. A brighter financial future is ahead for you!
  • Navigate Life’s S#!T Storm, Jess Engle, Hesston Mennonite Church pastor
    When “life” kicks you in the face, is it still “good”? Why or why not? How can we “live more with more” when our best plans go awry? Come ready to hear stories of hope and to share some!
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Session 2
  • APEST (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds Teachers), Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, director of CALL
    An introduction to the assessment profile instrument to find your ministry style based on the five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 – Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, Teachers.
  • “Non-Sufficient Funds: A Historical Look at the Growing Wealth Gap in the U.S.” Leonard Dow
    Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is often quoted, but King also speaks into our country’s economic disparity in African-American communities. Learn the history of “40 acres and a mule,” Jim Crow, racial covenants and redlining.
  • Stewardship Ministry Wheel, Lyle Miller and Mitch Stutzman, Everence stewardship consultants
    Stewardship is usually a year-end budget review and final fund appeal. How can you live a life of stewardship? How can financial stewardship be a year round discipline in faith communities? Find tools and conversation starters to support your church or meeting.
  • Bienestar financiero- ¿alguna vez ha visto su historial de crédito? ¿Tiene una idea clara de sus finanzas personales? Natalie Martinez. Presented in Spanish. Los participantes obtendrán información básica sobre la deuda, aprenderán cómo obtener una copia de su propio informe de crédito, comprenderán lo que significa su informe de crédito para su salud financiera, así como también aprenderán maneras como mejorar su crédito y aprenderán maneras prácticas de cómo salir de la deuda. Aprenderemos sobre la palabra “P” y cómo crear uno. El primer paso crítico para obtener control sobre el dinero es saber a dónde va. Al crear un presupuesto, puede asegurarse de que sus gastos y donaciones reflejen lo que es importante para usted. ¡Hay un bienestar financiero más brillante para usted!
  • Financial Planning, Hayden Goerzen, Everence financial consultant
    Money does play a part in all life areas. Just getting started? Saving for home/college? Preparing for retirement? Lay the groundwork to map your journey. A comprehensive financial plan and a financial consultant relationship can benefit each life stage.
  • “Simplicity: Finding focus and uncluttering our lives,” Colin Saxton
    “Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power. It is simple, serene and amazing. It takes no time, but occupies all our time. It makes our life programs new and overcoming.” – Thomas Kelly. What does it mean and look like to live from the Center? How might it impact the practical shape of our lives and life together?
3:30 to 4 p.m. – Sponsor break, HMC Community Center
4 to 5 p.m. – Session 3
  • “Everyone’s a Missionary: Will you answer the CALL?,” Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg and Michele Hershberger
    Hesston’s new CALL program trains leaders out of an identity of being God’s beloved to engage the world. Come to unpack this program that will start in Fall 2020.
  • “Overcoming the Taboo of Money Talk,” Colin Saxton – People of faith are called to follow Jesus in how we gain, manage and give away our wealth and resources. Wealth can mean there is power over us. Congregations are hesitant to have open, honest and transformational conversations about money, even though individuals seek greater guidance and accountability. Overcome the taboos and traditions that keep us silent and secretive about money matters.
  • “The Oxford Circle Miracle,” Leonard Dow
    A faith community embraces a “Jubilee mindset in the marketplace”? God continues to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things in Philly!
  • “Generosity: the why and the how,” Mitch Stutzman
    We are surrounded by culture messages of “more,” “I don’t have enough” and “consumption is to be pursued.” Jesus followers are called to be generous and responsible stewards of what we have been given, and find tools to support generosity in a culture of scarcity.
  • “Invest in a Better World,” Robert Wall
    How do money and mission mix? Integrate your faith values with your investments. The Everence investment philosophy incorporates company screens, shareholder advocacy and community investing to live out your faith.
  • Financial Wellness Overview, Natalie Martinez
    Presented in English and Spanish. What does it mean to be financially well? Having a holistic approach to understanding your own attitude about money will help you understand why you treat money the way you do. Learn new money management skills and discover practical tools to budget your money and overcome financial challenges. Gauge your own financial wellness and get a framework for setting personal financial goals. College students welcome.
5:15 to 7 p.m. – The Journey Ahead: Encouragement and Challenge
“Redefining the Good Life: Walking the Jericho Road,” Leonard Dow will share informally how generosity happens through proximity, patience and investment.
Small group discussions and student-prepared international meal
Sending: “The Way of Humility through Communion”

Sunday, Feb. 23

9 to 10 a.m. – Sunday School: Question and Answer Wrap-Up Session, HMC Community Center
Ask final questions of Leonard Dow, Colin Saxton and Michele Hershberger
10:30 a.m. – Worship service, HMC
**This Session is open to the public. An offering will be collected for conference expenses for those attending this session only.
Worship team of Hesston College Students and HMC members.
“Redefining the Good Life: Compassion and the Willingness to See,” Colin Saxton
The New Testament points us to see the invisible people as Jesus did. In fact, to move towards them with compassion, and then experience the cost and the joy.