2018 Annual Conference Session


The 2018 Great Plains Annual Conference Session will be held Jun 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.

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

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

You might also be interested in a free webinar, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists, being held this spring and led by Teasdale and the Rev. Dr. Heather Lear, director of evangelism for Discipleship Ministries. Register for the webinar and view archived webinars. You can participate in the webinar with a group from your church and begin to form an evangelism strategy for your congregation. You will need to purchase the book "Evangelism for Non-Evangelists." All other materials you will need, including a study guide, are available for download at the above website

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