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.

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Sr. High Camp Weekend

Senior High Camp is coming up!!  It will be held August 11-13 at Camp Mt. Hermon.  Sonja Griffith will once again be directing this camp with a theme of “Red Rover, Red Rover!”  This will be an exciting and fun weekend for all campers who have completed grades 9-12.  They will focus on ‘breaking barriers’ … read on

The Gathering

The Gathering 2018

The Gathering will be held Oct. 26-28, 2018 at the Webster Conference Center in Salina, Kan. As information becomes available it will be updated here. Thank you for your patience!       Gathering 2017 Register online now, or if you prefer to mail in paper registration forms, please download, complete and mail the forms … read on

CRT Minutes - 4/9/17

CRT Minutes – 4/9/17

Teleconference at 4 pm April 9 Members attending: Wylene Lengel, Gloria Price Members absent: Anna Mae Achilles, Dale Minnich, Deb Tuttle, Terri Torres Gloria opened the meeting with devotions. Terri sent an update on the women’s retreat: Womens’ Retreat Summary – 2017 The 2017 Western Plains District Womens’ Retreat was enjoyed by nearly 70 women … read on

Counselors for Camp Mt. Hermon

Counselors for Camp Mt. Hermon

Two female counselors and two counselors-in-training (one female, one male, 19-years or older) are still needed for the Senior High Camp at Camp Mt. Hermon, June 12-19. Please prayerfully consider your service to Camp Mt. Hermon and call Charla Kingery, co-director, if you are interested.  515-864-1992

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Camp Mt. Hermon welcomes new managers

We would like to introduce Camp Mt. Hermon’s new managers beginning in the 2016 season. They are Gary and Lynnette Abbott, members of the Topeka Church of the Brethren.

Ministry updates

Ministry updates

Kathryn Whitacre, team pastor of the McPherson congregation, was ordained to ministry in the Church of the Brethren on February 14. Prayers and blessings to Kathryn in her continuing ministry.

I WAS JUST THINKING...

I WAS JUST THINKING…

From 3:00 p.m. on I was, as my mother loved to say, “busier than a one-armed paper hanger with the itch.” Of course, this little saying may not make much sense now because so few people paper the rooms of their home anymore! I set the table with my woven placemats, my most fun and … read on

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)