Right Start Orientation

Conference staff want to help you get the right start serving and ministering to a church in the Great Plains Conference. “Right Start: Orientation to the Great Plains” is designed to help you learn more about the conference and your responsibilities. You are being invited because you are:

  • In your first ever appointment
  • Returning to pastoral leadership from a leave or other ministry and this is the first year serving in the Great Plains Conference
  • Joining the conference from another United Methodist conference or other denomination
  • Assigned as a certified lay minister or district superintendent assignment

Among the topics covered are: how to find information on the conference website; Vital Signs reporting; upcoming events for you and your congregation; conference reports and church conference; income tax information; church property questions; pension benefits and health insurance.

Because we believe your attendance is critical, the expectation of the district superintendent and the bishop is that you will attend one of the Right Start events. The orientations will be held in three locations:

  • August 6 - Saturday – Via Zoom 
  • August 11 - Thursday – Via Zoom – Link will be sent to you

Each of these days will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. It is important that you register for the Right Start orientation which you plan to attend so we can make appropriate arrangements for lunch. Please register online by clicking here.

If you have questions, please talk with your District Superintendent or Dee Williamston at (785) 414-4213 or by email at dwilliamston@greatplainsumc.org.