Thursday, Oct. 25

9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Intensive Pre-Sessions

Mimi Keel – Practical Formation for Children

Phileena Heuertz – Soul Care

Mandy Smith – Vulnerability and Leadership

Jon Huckins – Missional

Darryl Williamson – Formational Discipleship in the Church

7:00 p.m. — 7:45 p.m.

Opening Worship with Manuel Luz

7:45 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.

aTalk by James Bryan Smith

Friday, Oct. 26

9:00 a.m. — 10:00 a.m.

aTalk by J.R. Briggs

10:00 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Workshops #1

11:30 a.m. — 12:45 a.m.


1:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

aTalk by Lauren Winner

2:30 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Magnificent Journeys

Katherine Johnson – Formation and Nature at Botanica

Michael Clifford – Interacting with the Outdoors at the Sedgwick County Zoo

Ted Krone and Manuel Luz – Formation and Art at the Wichita Art Museum (WAM)

Sharon Rodgers and The Singing Quakers – Fine Arts and Formation at a Dance Studio

Matt Johnson and J.R. Briggs – Art of Neighboring

Erin Dohm – Iconography at St. Georges Orthodox Church

Ken Shigematsu and Mark McCormick – Race and Formation at the Wichita African American Muesum

Lauren Winner and Warren Farha – Culture and Formation at 8th Day Books

Rochelle Strah and Bob Casper – Vocation and Formation at Ecclesia Coffee Shop

Phileena Hueertz – Soul Care and Formation at a Yoga Studio

7:00 p.m.

Dinner/ Free Evening

Live Podcast and Dinner with James Bryan Smith and Greg Boyd at a local restaurant

Saturday, Oct. 27

9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

aTalk by Greg Boyd and Ken Shigematsu

12:00 p.m.

Apprentice Gathering 2018 Dismisses


Dr. James Bryan Smith (M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; DMin Fuller Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute. Dr. Smith is currently a theology professor at Friends University, in Wichita, Kansas, and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of ten books, most notably The Apprentice Series (InterVarsity Press), which continue to shape the work of the Apprentice Institute.


Lauren Winner is the Associate Professor of Spirituality and Duke Divinity School and Vicar of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg, North Carolina.  She’s author of many books, including Mudhouse Sabbath, Girl Meets God, and Still.  You can often find her in the brown chair at the back of her kitchen, reading a novel.


Ken Shigematsu is senior pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country.  Ken is the author of the international bestseller ‘God in My Everything’.


Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author. Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Greg is the co-founder of  Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota where he serves as  Senior Pastor. Greg has authored or co-authored 22 books.


J.R. Briggs’ started Kairos Partnerships in 2011 as well as The Renew Community, a Jesus-centered congregation for the hungry and the hurting in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He received his Masters of Missional Theology degree at Biblical Theological Seminary. He serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and National Trainer & Equipper for  Fresh Expressions U.S.


The Magnificent Journey 

Description coming soon!


Cardigan Sweater, Magnolia Tree, Brioche:  The Overlooked Paths to Christ Scripture Offers  

In this talk, Lauren will explore some of the less familiar figurative language the Bible deploys as various biblical writers attempt to give words to who they know God to be.  The talk aims not to covert you to Lauren’s favorite biblical images for God, but to inspire your own curiosity and creativity, as you think about biblical language for God, and the clues about God embedded in the objects we encounter in our daily lives. 


Cross Vision 

In a variety of ways, the New Testament present’s Jesus’ death on the cross as the culminating revelation of God and the focal point of all Scripture. In this light, how are we to interpret the Old Testament’s many portraits of Yahweh commanding and engaging in horrendous violence? I will contend that we can only understand how these violent divine portraits bear witness to the cross when we interpret them through the lens of the cross. This lens allows us to see that, throughout the long journey of God’s people from Exodus to the time of Jesus, God has always been willing to bear the sin of his people and to thereby take on an ugly appearance that reflects that sin, just as he did for all humans on the cross.   


God In My Everything

In this message, Ken describes how his pilgrimage to Ireland helped him discover a way of life that enables him to experience God as alive and real in every part of his life. He will show us how we can cultivate a life rhythm that supports rather than sabotages our relationship with God. 


The Soul of Jesus’ Questions and the Questions of our Soul

Description: Jesus asked hundreds of questions recorded in the Gospels – some that were direct and indirect, rhetorical and participatory, compassionate and combative. Many of his questions formed people, left an indelible more on people’s lives and changed them for eternity. We study Jesus’ teachings, his parables, his healings and his actions; but why don’t we study his questions? Why did Jesus ask so many questions? What if Jesus was not only the Answer to our questions, but the Question to all of our answers? What if one of the primary ways we grow to follow Jesus more closely is to ask more incisive questions – of God, of others and of ourselves? And what implications does Jesus’ question-asking posture have on our lives today?