Great Plains Resource Center

The Great Plains Resource Center provides quality contemporary resources for educational programs in the local church through an ecumenical partnership. Sponsoring denominations are the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples). In September 2013, the Kansas United Methodist Resource Center became part of the center and it was renamed.

There are more 2,500 video resources available for Bible study, small groups, men's groups, retreats, counseling, women's groups, confirmation, youth groups or Sunday School classes.

The Great Plains Resource Center website can be found at www.gpResourceCenter.org.

The Great Plains Resource Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. (We are closed over the lunch hour.)

A congregation can choose to become a member for a one-time annual fee, or may pay on a per-use basis. The membership fee is based on the average worship attendance at the church, so small churches pay less than a large church. If a congregation only uses the resource center two or three times a year, then paying for each one that is ordered is a good option. If you would like to become a member, download the registration form or register online by selecting the button below.

 

Contact Information:


3333 Landmark Circle
Lincoln NE 68504
800-435-6107 or 402-464-5994
Fax: 402-464-6203

 


New in the Resource Center
 

Faithful – Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph   

Adam Hamilton  DVD1250

We’re not that different from Joseph. True, we may not be part of a story that will be remembered for all time, but like Joseph, we encounter circumstances that we’d never choose for ourselves. At times, it can be tempting just to walk away, but Joseph provides us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand, faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides. Join Adam Hamilton as he examines Christmas through the eyes of Joseph and learn to accept and glorify God’s will even when our situation makes it difficult to do so. Additional components for a four-week adult study include a comprehensive Leader Guide and a DVD, as well as a Youth Study Book and a Children's Leader Guide to create an all-church Advent study.

Chapter topics include:

  1. A Carpenter Named Joseph
  2. Whose Child is This?
  3. Raising a Child Not Your Own
  4. The Journey to Bethlehem
  5. Bonus Session: The  Rest of the Story

The four-session DVD features Adam Hamilton presenting to a group in his engaging style. The video segments are approximately 10-12 minutes each and, when combined with the book, make an ideal four-week group study. All videos sessions are closed captioned.

 

Christmas Gifts that Won’t Break 

James W. Moore with Jacob Armstrong  DVD1249

This year as you light the candles of your Advent wreath, reflect on the unbreakable gifts that God has given us: hope, love, joy, and peace, and be reminded of God’s greatest gift…a baby who leads us through all the days of our lives. Beloved teacher James W. Moore explores the spirit of Christmas with stories, Scriptures, and thoughts that warm our hearts throughout the season while challenging us to rethink the gifts we ask for and give at this time. This expanded edition includes devotions by Jacob Armstrong as well as a fifth chapter for use on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Also available are resources for a five-session study, including a Leader Guide, DVD, and resources for youth and children.

The five-session DVD features Jacob Armstrong in his warm and pastoral style exploring the principles found in the popular Advent book by James W. Moore. The video segments are approximately 10–12 minutes each and when combined with the book chapters, make an ideal five-week Advent group study. All video sessions are closed captioned.

 

Also Available
 

All I Want for Christmas

James Moore  DVD1194

What’s on your Christmas list this year? How about the greatest gift of all…God’s gift to us of a Savior? Sometimes we concentrate so much on the gifts we want to give and to receive that we forget about the special gifts of Christmas. The truth is we need the miracle of God’s grace to see them, feel them, hear them, wrap our arms around them, and celebrate them. This five-week Advent study helps us think about what we really want for Christmas by reminding us of the amazing, life-changing gifts Christmas has in store for us. The all-church study includes a DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study, and Children’s Leader Guide, in addition to the adult study text.

This Advent study has five sessions: one for each Sunday of Advent and one for Christmas. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, a focus for the week, and six daily Bible readings for personal devotional time during the week. The Leader Guide is designed to be used alongside the DVD. It enables a small group leader to facilitate a weekly discussion about All I Want for Christmas using the five DVD sessions as its starting point. Questions and activities guide group participants to discuss and understand each chapter in greater depth. The DVD and Leader Guide are not a substitute for the book, but a guide for discussing the book in small groups.

 

The Redemption of Scrooge

Matt Rawle   DVD1184

Ebenezer Scrooge is a man in dire need of a second chance. Is redemption possible for such a greedy, dark, and sad character? The Redemption of Scrooge, from Matt Rawle’s The Pop in Culture Series, shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past, to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will “bless us every one” and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. A Leader Guide, a Worship Resources Flash Drive, a Youth Study, and a DVD complement the four-week study.

The DVD contains four video segments of 8-10 minutes each, to go with the four book chapters. For use during the group sessions, these videos feature Matt Rawle teaching in his friendly, casual, appealing style. All video sessions are closed captioned.

 

Because of Bethlehem/He Chose the Nails

Max Lucado  DVD1193

In Because of Bethlehem, a four-session video Bible study (guide sold separately), Max Lucado explores how the One who made everything chose to make himself nothing and come into our world. Jesus' birth gives us the promise that God is always near us, always for us, and always within us--and that we no longer need to have marks on our record.

In He Chose the Nails, a five-session video Bible study (guide sold separately), Max continues by examining the gifts that Christ gave at his crucifixion. These include not only the gift of the cross, but also the gift of the thorns, the nails, and the empty tomb. The cross is rich with God's gifts of grace, and as we unwrap them, we will hear him whisper, "I did it just for you."

Because of Bethlehem sessions include:

  1. God Has a Face (16:00)
  2. Worship Works Wonders (18:00)
  3. God Guides the Wise (14:00)
  4. Every Heart a Manger (17:30)

He Chose the Nails sessions include:

  1. He Chose to Be One of Us (15:00)
  2. He Chose to Forgive Us (16:00)
  3. He Chose to Invite Us into His Presence (15:00)
  4. He Chose to Love Us Forever (16:00)
  5. He Chose to Give Us Victory (18:00)

Designed for use with the Because of Bethlehem Study Guide 9780310687054 and the He Chose the Nails Study Guide 9780310687269 (each study guide sold separately).

 

Down to Earth

Mike Slaughter  DVD1187

A virgin birth. God’s son…a helpless baby. Fleeing certain death. Nothing about the Christmas story is ordinary. Mike Slaughter says it’s enough to confound the mind and make the heart contrite. In his book, Down to Earth, Slaughter presents a four-week Advent study that opens up God’s Christmas surprise to us and examines how it changed everything. A DVD, Leader Guide, Youth Study, Children’s Leader Guide, and a seasonal devotional are available as part of the Down to Earth study.

The DVD contains four video segments (approximately 10–12 minutes each) featuring Mike Slaughter and Rachel Billups teaching in their dynamic style for use during group sessions. All video sessions are closed-captioned.