David Burke

David Burke serves as the content specialist for the Great Plains Conference.


Amp It Up! camp experience transforms young musicians

June 05, 2018

Kaitlin Kendel from Abilene Emanuel UMC leads a group practicing to lead worship at the Great Plains Annual Conference session June 15 during the recent Amp It Up! music camp at Southwestern College. Photo by David Burke   Kaitlin Kendel remembers a past participant at the Amp It Up! worship ...


Wichita districts offer their first confirmation camp

June 05, 2018

For a group of 17 junior high-age students, 70-plus years in the future seems pretty far away. But the question was posed to them by the Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib: If you die at 85 years old, how would you want people to remember you? Confirmation camp students listen to the Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib ...


Dozens begin summer internships with Great Plains Conference

May 30, 2018

Some were there to reinforce the call they feel to ministry. Others wanted to learn how they could make a difference in the world. And others were ready to find out about the different ways they could serve the church. Interns discuss issues at Camp Chippewa. Photo by David Burke Those differing...


Dotson pleased with #SeeAllThePeople progress

May 01, 2018

The general secretary of Discipleship Ministries says he’s “extremely pleased” with the first year of the See All the People initiative. The Rev. Junius Dotson, general secretary of Discipleship Ministries, makes a presentation April 28 as part of Men Make the Difference, a Christian men’s ...


Social Principles revision gets help from Great Plains staffer

April 18, 2018

The first revision of Social Principles in the 50-year history of the United Methodist Church was aided by a leader from the Great Plains Conference. The Rev. Kalaba Chali, mercy and justice coordinator, led a seven-person committee that drafted The Social Community, one of six committees to set ...


Church trades worship for service in 'Doing Good Friday'

April 03, 2018

For churches in many denominations, Good Friday services are often the most dramatic, the most meaningful – and the least-attended. So for their first “Doing Good Friday,” parishioners at Winfield Grace UMC spent March 30 making improvements to their church, neighborhood and city. “We all know ...


Festival of Friendship reaches out to community

April 02, 2018

The central Nebraska community of Lexington has seen its population grow in the past 20 years, from 6,000 in the 1990s to more than 10,000 in the most recent census.  The growth was thanks to a Tyson Foods meatpacking plant, which not only added to the population but turned it into a multicultural ...


Campus ministries unite for spring break project in Rio Texas

March 27, 2018

College students from Nebraska and Kansas work to help repair a mobile home park before FEMA brings in new homes for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Photo courtesy Emporia State Campus Ministries While their friends may have had plans for fun and sun over spring break, 40 college students ...


Big leaguer’s message hits home at Men and Boys Rally

March 06, 2018

A former Major League Baseball player was a hit with the approximately 250 people who attended the North Central Kansas Men and Boys Rally, March 6 in Beloit. Les Norman, who played for the Kansas City Royals from 1995-96 and now hosts a radio show on sports-talk station WHB in KC, spoke to the ...


Pastors reflect on Black History Month, role in community

February 28, 2018

As Black History Month draws to a close, we asked pastors of three of the Great Plains Conference’s largely African-American churches to talk about how their church celebrated throughout February, and what directions they see for the future. Participating in separate interviews were: The Rev. ...


Bishop encourages youth to step up at Confirmation Rally

February 21, 2018

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. told about 125 confirmands and youth group leaders that their journeys are similar to the athletes in the Winter Olympics. “They didn’t just get there for the opening celebration,” he told those attending the Bishop’s Confirmation Rally. “They got there years and years and ...


Elkhorn Valley DS Eldon Davis to retire

February 19, 2018

Elkhorn Valley District Superintendent Eldon Davis jokes with colleagues during a break time at the annual Orders & Fellowship clergy gathering in January in Kearney, Nebraska. Photo by David Burke   After 18 years in the ministry and three years as Elkhorn Valley District superintendent, the ...