2018 Annual Conference Session


The 2018 Great Plains Annual Conference Session will be held June 13-16 at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center (225 W Douglas Ave) in Wichita, Kansas. The theme, "Therefore Go: Proclaim Christ" marks the second year of a four-year theme meant to help clergy and laity of the Great Plains live into active discipleship.

Annual conference will begin with a memorial and communion service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Other special events are the retirement dinner and celebration Thursday evening, June 14; and ordination at 7:30 p.m, Friday, June 15.

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The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Teasdale will be the plenary speaker at the 2018 Great Plains Annual Conference Session on Friday morning, June 15. Drawing on some of the most recent research in the field of evangelism as well as a decade of experience teaching evangelism, this seminar will provide an “evangelism equation” that guides individual Christians and congregations to articulate their faith in authentic and creative ways. Participants will learn: 

  1. How to overcome congregations’ misgivings about evangelism by shifting from thinking about evangelism in a technical way to thinking about it as a matter of formation
  2. What is involved in developing a holistic evangelistic strategy
  3. Specific ways leadership can emphasize evangelism in the congregation

Dr Teasdale will present to half of the conference members at a time, while the other half participate in a workshop of their choice.  There will be six to eight workshops that you can select from. Descriptions of the workshops, coming soon.

An optional listening session has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon from 2-4 p.m. The listening session will be much like a town hall meeting for the conference and will include a time for worship, prayer, learning and dialogue. The latest information available from the Council of Bishops about The Way Forward will be shared. There will be time scheduled during the session of the annual conference that will also inform you about the Council of Bishop’s proposal and the upcoming General Conference in February 2019.


Plenary Speaker

Teasdale is an ordained elder in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church and the E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has written three books: "Methodist Evangelism," "American Salvation; Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically;" and "Go! Becoming a Great Commission Congregation."

In his teaching and lectures, Teasdale focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He believes evangelism “starts with the assumption that God is active, and that our efforts are only to participate in what God is already doing,” and that we “become public witnesses, inviting those who are not Christians to know God through Jesus Christ.”

View videos of some of Teasdale's lectures

In addition to the plenary speaker, Dr. Teasdale, there will be several workshops offered for you to choose from.