Hundreds to share their story of faith at Aprentis conference

News Date: 
Thu. 08/15/2013

Six hundred attendees are expected to flock to Friends University for the Aprentis Conference in September to discuss how we immerse ourselves in the story of God. 

The third annual Aprentis Conference will lead attendees in a three-day experience from Sept. 26-28. This year’s conference is themed The Story of God and Us. 

“Everyone has a story – even God. To this day followers of Jesus are a vital part of the storyline of God in the world. We tell it. We live it. We are being formed to write the story of God as God's co-laborers,” said Kara Yuza, coordinator of programming and logistics for the Aprentis Institute at Friends University.

This year’s speakers and special guests include the following:

Donald Miller, author of “Blue Like Jazz”

Brian McLaren, author of “A New Kind of Christian,” church futurist and prophet

Mark Schultz, recording artist and Dove Award winner

Mindy Caliguire, author of “Spiritual Friendship” and Willow Creek Association director of transformational ministry

Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s Downtown Church in Houston

James Choung, author of “True Story” and “Real Life”

Marti Ensign, storyteller and long-time missionary in east Africa

Dr. James Bryan Smith, author of “The Good and Beautiful God,” associate professor of religion and founder of the Aprentis Institute at Friends University

“Each one of the speakers has a voice within Christianity as well as Christian spiritual formation,” Yuza said. “They have either written or teach on formation as well as narrative. Their perspectives address story and narrative in a unique fashion. 

“Mark Schultz writes and sings Christian music. He will offer the stories of his songs as he performs. James Choung brings the perspective of story within the context of evangelism within the church. Juanita Rasmus is a pastor in Houston and also has an art ministry. Her art ministry allows people to tell their story in a variety of different ways through artistic avenues. She has taught thousands of people how to connect their life with God through art. Donald Miller wrote the book ‘Blue Like Jazz,’ which is an account of his story of encountering Christ.”

Previous Aprentis conferences have attracted more than 700 attendees from every corner of the globe, including Australia, Europe and Brazil. Attendance is open to “anyone interested in learning more about Christian spiritual formation and how we can live more like Christ,” Yuza said.

Registration for the conference is $109 until Sept. 1. A $10 late registration fee will be charged from Sept. 1 until the start of the conference. Additional intensive sessions are also available. Those who are interested in attending this year’s Aprentis conference can visit, or contact Kara Yuza at 316-295-5061.

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