Leadership 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.

Arrive as early as Sunday supper at 5:45pm and stay as late as Wednesday afternoon to take advantage of the opportunity for refreshing personal time in addition to stimulating and inspiring training sessions (see below).

All costs, including lodging and meals, are underwritten by district funds as a part of our transformation initiative. Transportation is your only cost.  These events are planned for all pastors and all congregational and district leaders to provide transformational training as well as fellowship and other spiritual growth opportunities.

Focus for our time together

The theme will be Chronicles and the Church: The book of Chronicles contains an alternative vision of Israel’s past, one that promotes innovation while remaining faithful to the people’s heritage. While the book of Kings explains why the people ended up in exile (“how we got into this mess”), the book of Chronicles was written after the exile in the midst of significant cultural shifts to provide a way forward for a new opportunity to follow God faithfully (“where do we go from here?”). In the sessions, we will explore several central themes in the book and think about how Chronicles may help us answer questions about being faithful in the midst of cultural change, being innovative while remaining authentic and consistent with the past, how the centrality of worship and seeking God provides the core of its message to those who participate in God’s Kingdom.
Ministers can earn CEUs for the portions running from Monday after lunch through Tuesday evening.

Our resource person, Steve Schweitzer, is Academic Dean at Bethany Theological Seminary and teaches courses in Old Testament, including one on Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah. His book, Reading Utopia in Chronicles, looks at how this version of Israel’s history creates an innovative and theologically rich vision of the Kingdom of God.

The RSVP deadline is February 5

Please notify the District Office at:  wpdcb@sbcglobal.net or 620-241-4240
If you plan to attend and include the following information:

1) when you plan to arrive and depart at Heartland Center

2) what nights you need lodging

3) what meals you plan to eat at the center

4) any special dietary needs


Pastors and congregations can look for an email with more information about the schedule in early January.  For more information or to be added to the email list, contact Leslie Frye at leslie.a.b.frye@gmail.com or 620-755-3940.   Note: We will continue our study of scripture with Steve Schweitzer at the pre-district conference training, when we will focus on “Covenant and Conscience.”

Be looking for more information in the spring.