Education Partnerships

The Great Plains Conference, through a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation and coupled with funds from the Great Plains Conference earmarked for such initiatives, is offering matching mini-grants to churches to help with direct expenses for jump-starting a sustainable partnership in support of a local public school(s). United Methodist congregations in Nebraska and Kansas can apply online for up to $1,000 to match local contributions. Priority will be given to churches that are forming or have formed a partnership or collaboration with one or more local public schools.

All grants will be reviewed on the 30th day of each month, and response given within 30 days of submission. Grant applications will be reviewed and awarded based on project merit and likely sustainability. Fill out the grant application.

It worked for us

Check out these stories of local successful school partnerships, ranging from stories and photos to video and contact information to learn how you might learn from others to implement in your town.

2015 Webinar

Look for help with starting a school partnership, overcoming barriers or taking your partnership to the next level? Click here to watch a recorded webinar on school partnerships. This interactive event was hosted by the Kansas Leadership Center and the Great Plains Conference. Seth Bate, KLC coach, and the Rev. Evelyn Fisher, director of Congregational Excellence, led the event.

Contacting state legislators

To contact Kansas legislators, visit  If you visit the main Kansas website, the list is under Legislature under the Government tab at the top of the website.

To contact Nebraska legislators, visit Each senator has a page with contact information and a listing of the committees upon which they serve.

Contacting congressional leaders

The federal house of representative's website is You can enter your zip code to find your representative's contact information.

Contact information for the senate members is available from their Web site at

Resources on this page

In support of the Great Plains Education Partnership Resolution, an initiative passed at Annual Conference in June 2014, these resources are compiled for the use of Great Plains United Methodists and others who join the “Great Plains Public Education Partnership” and commit to:

  1. Strengthen an existing or establish a “hands-on” partnership with a local public school or schools;
  2. Encourage and equip members to contact their state legislators to advocate for public education; and
  3. Attend a conference-sponsored regional event supporting public education.


Lewis Center for Church Leadership

  • 50 ways to engage local schools grouped under the following categories:
    1. Learn and listen
    2. Start smart
    3. Build relationships and trust
    4. Cultivate congregational support and awareness
    5. Supply student needs
    6. Help students succeed
    7. Offer spaces and places
    8. Support and affirm the work of teachers
    9. Support parents and families
    10. Think systemically

Access the list on the Lewis Center website.

2014 Education Caravan

Read about the 2014 Education Caravan here.

Great Plains Education Rally in Lincoln


Great Plains Education Rally in Topeka