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Pastoral leadership interns share experiences -- Hannah Wittenberg

8/8/2017

The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.  Hannah Wittenberg served at Wyandotte UMC (Kansas City District) for the summer of 2017. The Pastor, secretary, and I were the only three who worked at the church during the day. In this picture we were out on a lunch ...


What previous pastoral interns have to say about the experience

Great Plains Interns

8/2/2017

Select a previous intern's name to read about their experience.   Hannah Sipes Briana Hutton Greg Reffner Jesse Gichuru Lily Jones Ty Schissel Spenser Johnson


Are you a sheep? Respond to a need

Lay Servant Ministries

8/1/2017

I recently was asked, “In what type of ministries do Lay Servants participate?” Wow! What a loaded question! The possibilities are endless. As I pondered a response the following came to mind. First, what does the Book of Discipline say about Lay Servant Ministries? Paragraph 266 is the source for information about Lay Servants. After listing the training requirements, it comments that Lay Servants  “should prepare to undertake … Provide leadership, assistance, support to program emphases of ...


Pastoral leadership interns share experiences -- Spenser Johnson

Great Plains Interns

8/1/2017

Spencer Johnson spent his summer serving at Springfield: First UMC in Springfield, NE.  The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.


Ask questions as we explore “Wonder, Love and Praise”

Todd Seifert

7/31/2017

IN LAYMAN'S TERMS I present to you today a series of questions. Let’s start off with this: What does it mean to “be the church”? Some people have what they think is an easy answer. Others find an answer to be elusive. We likely agree that we want the church to be relevant in the 21st century. But we may disagree on how to achieve that goal. Download the videos, student and teacher guides. Some faithful Christians see the church in the actions of believers to eradicate social injustice from ...


Pastoral Leadership interns share experiences -- Ty Schissel

Great Plains Interns

7/20/2017

The Pastoral Leadership internship program is for young adults aged 18-22.  This ten-week program will provide young leaders the opportunity to experience pastoral work in the most "hands-on" way possible while being supported by a mentoring pastor and a teaching congregation.  Ty Schissel served at Basehor UMC (Kansas City District) for the summer of 2017.   Got to help out with Children's Sunday School, found some very creative students during our lesson about Jonah. ...


Emergency Spiritual Technician

Lay Servant Ministries

7/19/2017

Most of this blog is copied from a Facebook post that I know is true because one of the individuals is related to me. A quick background: Visiting missionaries to Kansas fell through a pond ice skating this winter. The mother and son died that day. This is what has transpired in the 6 months since that tragedy. The Surviving Father writes July 4: Part of me wanted to hold this and share it with just a few people. But there may be things in it for many of us. Who am I to hold it back? I had the...


Called to serve the Lord

Lay Servant Ministries

7/14/2017

Romans 12:11 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (NIV)   Laity and clergy alike are called to serve for the glory of God. We all must admit, though, that we do lack zeal in serving the Lord from time to time. Read this verse backwards and break it into three parts. Serve the Lord. Keep your Spiritual fervor and you will never be lacking in zeal! How do we serve the Lord? Lay Servant Ministry classes are a great place to explore how the Lord is calling...


Path to a hopeful future begins with children

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

6/22/2017

Robert Fulgrum, in his poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” says that wisdom for living, doing and being was not found at the top of a graduate school mountain, but rather in a sand pile at Sunday School.   In kindergarten, Fulgrum learned to share, play fair, not to hit people, put things back, not to steal, ask for forgiveness, be creative, find time for rest, be aware of his surroundings, stick together and to be aware of wonder. Children that learn and internalize the...


Opportunities abound as laity prepare to serve enhanced roles

Lay Servant Ministries

6/21/2017

The following is a summary of the message I gave to Great Plains Conference laity during the annual conference session, June 8, 2017: I am very proud to stand before you, representing the more than 600 certified lay servants of the Great Plains Conference. We are challenged to become an integral part of the mission based concept which our bishop is leading us toward. Bishop Saenz had identified Lay Servant Ministries as the training arm of the laity of our conference. Our purpose is to ...


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