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.

Men's Retreat 2016

Men’s Retreat 2016

Register soon for the Western Plains District Men’s Retreat, which will be held April 8-9 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. The registration deadline is March 21.

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2017 Projects Unlimited Auction

Plan now to create your homemade crafts, woodworking projects, photography, artwork, jewelry, quilts, lap blankets or other creative works for the Projects Unlimited Auction.  The auction will be held as part of the Western Plains district annual conference on July 29, 2017.  Proceeds from the sold donations will go to district missions including church camps, … read on

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Jr. High Rally – Connecting together to make a difference!

It’s that time of year again for the Jr. High Youth Rally for youth and their friends in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. It will be held April 28-30  at the Community Church of the Brethren in Hutchinson, Kan. The registration deadline is April 21    Spring Rally Flyer and Registration 2017 (2)

CRT Meeting Minutes - 2/14/16

CRT Meeting Minutes – 2/14/16

The team met Feb 14 at 4 pm via teleconference. Members present: Wylene Lengel, Gloria Price Members absent: Terri Torres, Cathy Patrick, Dale Minnich, Barb Flory Wylene opened the meeting with a short devotion and prayer. Dale had sent his update on the men’s retreat. It is planned for April 8-9 at the Heartland Center … read on

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.

CRT Meeting Minutes - 1/10/16

CRT Meeting Minutes – 1/10/16

The team met Jan 10 at 4 pm via teleconference. Members present: Wylene Lengel, Judy Wrightsman Members Absent: Barbara Flory, Dale Minnich, Cathy Patrick, Terri Torres, Gloria Price Wylene Lengel opened with a short devotion and prayer. Wylene Lengel reported that she was in contact with Frances Oltman regarding replacing Cathy Patrick, Judy Wrightsman, and … read on

Leadership Training registration deadline February 8

Leadership Training registration deadline February 8

Please join us for Western Plains District’s Leadership Training for pastors AND lay church leaders! February 21-24, 2016 Heartland Center for Spirituality, Dominican Convent, Great Bend, Kan. RSVP by Monday, February 8

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

January is here. Another year past. And the memories crowd back. All the things done. All the things undone. All the times I wish I had done something. All the times I wish I had not done something. And among the things I was thinking was a program I recently heard on “gratitude.”

Womens Retreat

Women’s Retreat 2016

Western Plains District Women’s Retreat will be held April 8-10 at the Cross Wind Conference Center in Hesston Kan. Tara Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation, Evangelism, and Missional Leadership at Bethany Theological Seminary, always wanted to have her own Christian cooking show on TV. Now you can join her as a studio audience for the … read on

CRT Meeting Minutes - 11/8/15

CRT Meeting Minutes – 11/8/15

The team met Sunday November 8, 2015 at 4 pm via teleconference. Members present: Barbara Flory, Terri Torres, Dale Minnich, Judy Wrightsman, Wylene Lengel Members absent: Cathy Patrick, Gloria Price Wylene led a devotion focused on thankfulness. Members needing replacement after this year: Cathy Patrick, Judy Wrightsman Children’s coordinator needing replacement: Laura Snyder Wylene will … read on