A new webpage and promotional materials are out in hopes of convincing potential clergy that they can have a great start in the Great Plains Conference.
The Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford, clergy recruitment and development coordinator, said the Great Start project began as a way to recruit seminary students for the conference.
“We wanted to have an opportunity to showcase some of the stories of what God is doing in ministry through churches and congregations and pastors in the Great Plains Conference,” Crawford said.
She and other representatives of the conference visit 10 seminaries a year, she said, and are now able to distribute a flyer promoting what the two-state region has to offer in quality of life and ministry opportunities.
In each flyer is a QR code directs the reader to interviews with five pastors from the Great Plains:
More interviews and videos from pastors in Kansas will be posted in coming weeks.
“We wanted to help introduce people who may be new to the possibility of ministry to hear some of the stories of those who are serving in ministry now,” Crawford said.
The pastors are asked why they chose to serve in the Great Plains, what is rewarding about ministry in the conference, and examples of the Holy Spirit moving in their ministries.
Among the insights shared in the videos:
A vertical banner used in display spaces featuring pictures of other clergy from throughout the conference should be completed this fall.
Crawford said the video interviews are inspiring “whether they’re a homegrown person or whether they’re from somewhere else.”
“I think hearing the stories of what people are doing in ministry can help inspire us to grow our imagination for what God might want to do in and through us locally,” she said. “I love sharing the stories of the good works folks are doing.”
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