District Conference

Conference Theme:
“Know nothing but Christ, crucified”

Based on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5


July 27-29, 2018

Location: McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren & McPherson College


Letter from the Moderator


Registration Information will be updated soon!

Download the conference registration forms here.
Registration deadline is Monday, July 9.
Please note: In addition to the Children’s Registration form a Medical Record/Permission Form needs to be filled out for each child. Also, an Activities Permission Form needs to be filled out for Jr. and Sr. High youth. These can be mailed in along with your registration form.


Here are District Conference highlights that you don’t want to miss!

  • Pre-Conference Hospitality:  There will be an informal time of fellowship and hospitality Friday afternoon in the church social rooms (basement) provided by Shana and Joshua Leck of the Monitor Church of the Brethren.
  • Connect with and support Brethren and ecumenical organizations throughout the weekend by visiting their displays! The Cedars’ annual ice cream social will take place Friday night, and a Saturday afternoon reception will be hosted Brethren Mutual Aid and Prairie View. Plan to attend!
  • Attend special meals. The Minister/Guest dinner will be held on Friday evening and is a gift to all licensed or ordained ministers in our district from the office of the McPherson College President-Michael Schneider, please let us know if you can attend.  Women’s Breakfast will be held on Saturday morning and all women, young and old, are encouraged to attend! The Mission & Service Dinner will take place on Saturday evening once again and is hosted by brother Dale Minnich.  Look forward to attending as many of these as possible and fellowship with other Brethren from around our district.
  • Meaningful worship and business together! Moderator Jane Flora-Swick will preach on Friday evening.  We will once again fellowship and “do business” around round tables this year.  Come prepared to share your stories and  listen to the stories and faith journeys of others!
  • Other opportunities will include youth and children activities, insight sessions, and fellowship with one another!



Moderator Ltr

2018 Moderator Letter

District Conference will be held July 27-29, 2018 on the McPherson College campus once again. Please read the following letter from our District Moderator, Jane Flora-Swick.   Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, “I give God thanks for each of you and your partnership in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” As your … read on


Pre-Conference Pastor/Leader Training Event

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2017 Projects Unlimited Auction

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District Children's Coordinator Opening

District Children’s Coordinator Opening

Do you have an enthusiasm for the Christian growth and development of children? Are you being called to utilize your creativity, organizational and leadership skills in a new way? We are currently seeking applications for the District Children’s Coordinator.

Moderator Ltr

A Letter from the Moderator

To all the Churches in Western Plains, Greetings & Blessings from your 2016 District Conference Moderator!!

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Moderator invites preparation for District Conference 2016

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From the Moderator: A reflection on the 2016 District Conference theme

From the Moderator: A reflection on the 2016 District Conference theme

God is Love and love unites, not divides. We are One, our theme for District Conference 2016, comes from Galatians 3:28, which says “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.”

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Projects Unlimited Auction – 2015

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On Earth Peace seeks new Agape-Satyagraha training partners

On Earth Peace seeks new Agape-Satyagraha training partners

On Earth Peace partners with local churches, schools and organizations to offer Agape-Satyagraha Training, a leadership training program for junior and senior high youth teaching skills for conflict transformation and social change based on the nonviolent teachings of Jesus, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Encouraging, equipping, and accompanying youth as they put skills into … read on