Laity Summit Festival of Booths

Each participating ministry has a unique Zoom link as part of the listing below. Click on the Zoom link to “visit the booth.”

Once you have entered the virtual “booth” space you will have the opportunity to chat with people, gather resources and get your questions about that ministry answered. You can stay for a long as you want. When you leave the booth, revisit this page and choose another booth’s zoom link. Visit as many booths as you wish. The Zoom links for the booths will be open 2:30-3:30 p.m. (CDT).


Maximize Your Festival Experience

Please turn your camera on and unmute your microphone. Having your camera on allows you to more easily interact with your meeting colleagues and enhances the overall meeting experience.

Visit as many booths as possible. Take the opportunity to visit the booths and get the resources you need to take back to your local congregations. This is your time to glean information that can help you connect, learn about new virtual practices and say “hi” to your friends.

*If you need help navigating the list during the Festival of Booths, please visit the following people. We will be there to help you out!

  • Donna Ernest – Great Plains Conference Office - 785-414-4242
  • Lisa Soukup – Great Plains Conference Email –

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Chat with a Lay Leader

You can chat with a conference Lay Leader during the Festival of Booths! Ask all your questions about Lay Leadership in the Great Plains Conference. 
Visit the Lay Leader booth
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The Academy for Small Membership Church Ministries

with Carl Ellis and Jada Hodgson

Conversations about Certified Lay Ministry and Small Membership Church Support. Learn more about The Academy for Small Membership Church Ministries on their website.

Visit The Academy for Small Membership Church Ministries booth

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Commission on Archives and History

with Doris Wills, Karrie Dvorak and Sara DeCaro

Dedicated Archivists and Commission volunteers will answer questions about preserving church history materials, writing a church history or celebrating a major anniversary of church founding. Come with questions, with information and an interest in connecting to other church history buffs.

Visit the Commission on Archives and History booth

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Epworth Village

with Mary Plock

Epworth Village in York, Nebraska, a Christ-centered mission and a National Mission Institute of the United Methodist Women, provides services to assist children, youth and families in crisis. Our services include Little Jewels Child Care and Enrichment Center, In-Home Family and Foster Care.

Visit the Epworth Village booth

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Great Plains Children's Ministry Coordinators

with Ashley Prescott Barlow-Thompson and Rebecca Hjelle

Rebecca and Ashley will be around to greet, check in, pray for and resource any folks who want to contemplate children's ministry in their local setting! Find resources for children's ministry on the Kids+Family page.

Visit the Children's Ministry Coordinators booth

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Great Plains Intergenerational Discipleship

with Melissa Gepford

Come hear about conference-level resourcing for Kids and Youth Ministry! Be sure to meet your Regional Coordinator at their booths, too. 

Visit the Intergenerational Discipleship booth

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Great Plains Lay Servant Ministry

with Mary Feit

Take this opportunity to explore the options for learning and leading in your church, your district, and the conference with Lay Servant Ministry. There are so many roles lay persons can assume with just a little training and encouragement.

Visit the Lay Servant Ministry booth

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Great Plains Peace with Justice Ministries

with Andrea Paret

Peace with Justice Ministries witnesses to God’s demand for a faithful, just, disarmed, and secure world where everybody can live a full life. Justice resources, interpretation, and advocacy from the General Board of Church and Society are made available to support local congregations in their mission of making disciples and transforming the world by addressing systemic issues and making true peace with justice possible.

Visit the Peace with Justice Ministries booth

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Great Plains Youth Ministry - South Central Region

with Rev. Amy Foster

Stop by and connect with the South Central Region's Youth Coordinator, the Rev. Amy Foster, other youth workers and volunteers from the Hutchinson and Salina Districts. Learn more about GP South Central Region Youth Ministry in their Facebook group.

Visit the GP Youth Ministry South Central Region booth

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Great Plains Youth Ministry - Southeast Region

with Kurt Cooper

Kurt will provide an opportunity to connect with those doing youth work in the southeast region of the Great Plains Annual Conference. Learn more about GP Southwest Region Youth Ministry in their Facebook group.

Visit the GP Youth Ministry Southeast Region booth

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Great Plains Youth Ministry - Southwest Region

with Matt Dumler

Come join the youth directors of the Southwest Region as we cast vision for our part of the conference. Learn more about GP Southwest Region Youth Ministry in their Facebook group.

Visit the GP Youth Ministry Southwest Region booth

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Kansas Methodist Foundation

with Dustin Petz

Kansas Methodist Foundation empowers faithful people, churches, and organizations to imagine the possibilities for ministry, then turn them into reality. We help you embrace an abundance mindset, create a common vision for ministry/mission, and put financial tools in place to make the vision a reality.

Visit the Kansas Methodist Foundation booth

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Nebraska United Methodist Foundation

with Jackie Urkoski and Kristine Roberts


The Nebraska United Methodist Foundation provides a variety of financial resources to churches, clergy & laity. NUMF provides guidance to individuals on legacy planning and to churches on how to expand and financially sustain their ministries.

Visit the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation booth

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Readiness 360

Readiness 360 is an online survey available for any congregations who are interested in taking a snapshot of the congregation. The survey measures Spiritual Intensity, Dynamic Relationships, Missional Alignment and Cultural Openness. All four components are key indicators of health and vitality. The survey comes with free interpretation and coaching from a trained coach in your district to discern the next faithful steps of the congregation. The coach is paid through your mission shares and a resource offered to share with your church community so more people can know the love and grace of Christ.

Visit the Readiness 360 booth

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Reconciling Ministries Network

with Jeanette Grenz

Reconciling Ministries Network mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.

Visit the Reconciling Ministries Network booth

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Saint Paul School of Theology

with Shannon Hancock

This booth will provide information on admissions, degrees, and programs offered by Saint Paul School of Theology

Visit the Saint Paul School of Theology booth

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ShareChurch - Church of the Resurrection

with Mikiala Tennie

ShareChurch's Mission is to provide quality, practical tools and training to clergy, church staff, and volunteers who share a passion for strengthening churches. ShareChurch is full of ideas and resources to save you time and energy, so you can focus on what really matters.

Visit the ShareChurch booth

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