Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is the elected guiding group for district vision, mission and program.  Its membership consists of the chair of each of the ministry teams in addition to its own chair, secretary, and several ex-officio members (see links to the right).

Since 2008 the Western Plains District has gone through a series of experiments, at times suspending operating procedures in favor of trying new approaches to expedite work of the district and its volunteer leadership and staff. This process culminated with the 2017 District Conference approval of a new Constitution and Bylaws. Under the modified structure formalized in those documents, the Leadership Team is designated as “trustees” of the district, the ones legally responsible for its mission and actions.

Through this period of experimentation and invention, the guiding principle has been to focus on how we can be a transformational and transforming community of believers and servers, to help us live out our vision and to utilize our spiritual gifts and human resources more effectively. The new structure does not change the role of District Conference as the primary governing body of the Church of the Brethren in Western Plains.

 

Documents for Understanding the New Structure
The Constitution is relatively short and self-explanatory and sets the basic legal framework for the district.  The Bylaws are more detailed.  Below the link to the Bylaws is a guide to help reach specific sessions directly:

  • Constitution
  • Bylaws
    District Conference structure, officers, and their duties (pp 1-5)
    Leadership Team (pp 5-8)
    Ministry Teams (pp 8-13)
    Other Teams and Committees (pp 13-14)
    District Personnel (pg 14)
    General corporate and legal stuff (pp 14-15)
    Relationships with partner organizations (pp 15-16)

 

If you have any questions about the new structure, please feel free to contact the District Office at wpdcb@sbcglobal.net or 620-241-4240.

Brethren Disaster Ministries travels to Eureka, MO

Brethren Disaster Ministries travels to Eureka, MO

By Bud and Susan Taylor, District Disaster Ministries Coordinators                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We had a successful trip to Eureka, MO, with eleven workers from Westerns Plains joining seven others as we worked on repairing basements from the December 2015 floods.  Three projects were completed during our workweek. We appreciated first-time volunteers Dennis & Mabel Friesen from McPherson and … read on

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A New Look for the District Sr. High Youth Coordinator…Sort of

For the last five years, Shawn Flory Replogle has served as the Western Plains District Youth Coordinator.  The seven years prior to that, Jen Jensen served as the District Youth Coordinator, but since then, in her role as Director of Spiritual Life at McPherson College, including planning of Regional Youth Conference, she has remained in … read on

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Samuel and Rebecca Dali visit McPherson College Campus

by June Switzer On November 29th McPherson College hosted Samuel and Rebecca Dali, Church of the Brethren leaders from Nigeria. The Dalis were on campus to share some of the work they have been doing in Nigeria. They encouraged us to remember the plight of their friends who continue to live in fear of the … read on

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I was just thinking…

I WAS JUST THINKING . . . Just recently, I wrote an article extolling the loveliness of nature.  I remarked on how we go through our lives, at least some of us and some of the time, without taking time to let the sense of the presence of God come as we make connection with … read on

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Women’s Retreat

Woven Together in God’s Love: The story that is YOU Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held April 6-8, 2018 at the Highlands Camp and Retreat Center in Allenspark, CO.  Plan now to attend a wonderful retreat in a beautiful setting!   Click here for more information as it comes available

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Pastor/Leader Training

Please join us for Western Plains District’s Leadership Training for pastors AND lay church leaders! February 25-28, 2018 Heartland Center for Spirituality, Dominican Convent Great Bend, Kan. Please RSVP to the District Office before February 5! Click here for more information    

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Peace Advocacy in the Western Plains

As Joanna was working on The Shepherd’s Voice, she asked me to write an article about the position of peace advocacy in the Western Plains District. Joanna informed me that George Eisele was the Peace and Justice Coordinator for “years” in the district. He eventually suggested to Joanna that she might take over for him, … read on

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Faithful Service at Lybrook Community Ministries

Western Plains District worked a week in mid-September at Lybrook Community Ministries, near Cuba, New Mexico.  Twelve volunteers from Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and Ohio worked on a laundromat at the mission and helped two Navajo families with their homes on the reservation.

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I was just thinking…

I WAS JUST THINKING . . . The statistics are in.  There are now more people living in cities than people living in rural areas, parks, by rivers and lakes, and generally in remote, natural settings.  And when we people do try to go to secluded areas for rest and relaxation, we may well find … read on

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FAMILY CAMP at Camp Mt Hermon

Come and bring your friends and families’ to CMH’s Annual “Family” Camp Sept. 15-17!! This year the Topeka Church of the Brethren will host this fun-filled, relaxing time of fellowship and worship together.  Please see the attached letter of information and registration form. We hope to see you there!! CAMP MT HERMON FAMILY CAMP REGISTRATION … read on