District Conference

Conference Theme for 2023

“Make My Joy Complete”

Philippians 2:2-5

“Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you, to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

July 21-23, 2023
Bob Bates, District Moderator

McPherson, KS

Conference will take place on the campuses of McPherson College
and the McPherson Church of the Brethren.
See Streaming Links Below

There will be a pre-conference Leadership Training event beginning Thursday evening, July 20 with __________ as our guest speaker.

Forms for ConferenceALL of the following information is from DC 2022

2022 Registration Form

Delegate Authorization Form

Zoom Delegate Authorization Form.docx

Children’s Registration Form

Children’s Medical-Permission Form

Youth Liability Waiver – Field Trip Form

District Conference Booklet 22.pub

2022 DC Master Schedule

2022 DC Business Agenda

Online Evaluation Form

*Recommendation on Quorum 062222

Streaming Links:

All times are Central Time

  • Pre-Conference Pastor/Leader Training with Kathy Reid
    “Making Congregations Safe for Children”
    Thursday, July 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Friday, July 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Business Session I:  Friday, July 30, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday Worship:  July 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday Worship:  July 30, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Insight Session IIPart-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church with Jen Jensen
    Saturday, July 30, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Conversation with General Secretary David Steele
    Saturday, July 30, 8:15-9:15 p.m.
  • Sunday Worship & Installation of District Leadership
    Sunday, July 31, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

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Covid Protocols

At this time, we will be following all covid protocols for meeting together put out by the CDC and McPherson County, as well as the current policies of both McPherson College and the McPherson Church of the Brethren. Vaccines will not be required to participate, but are strongly recommended.

With the increased numbers in McPherson County and the McPherson Hospital saying the county is a “high risk” area,  Masks will be required whenever inside buildings, except when eating, including childcare, so please be prepared by bringing masks to this event (cloth, surgical KN95 or N95). We want to make sure that all our brothers and sisters who come, feel safe and protected.
The district will also provide masks at registration and in Mingenback.
Thank you for your understanding!


Happy Birthday to Western Plains District!           

Western Plains District is celebrating its 166th birthday this year and we want to celebrate!
Friday evening, July 29, after worship, we invite you to travel over to The Cedars Wellness Center for ice cream and cake to celebrate the 166th year we have officially been a district!


McPherson College will be unable to house us in Dotzour Hall this year. As a result of this, for conference in July, overnight accommodations will need to be made on your own. The district has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairfield Inn – 2270 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, (620) 504-5353. Please contact them to reserve your room.

We have also set up “Housing Coordinators” through some of our local congregations, who may be able to offer limited space in various homes.  This will be on a first come, first served basis. Please contact them to find out more:

Hutchinson – Kathy Parker, miss_kitty53@hotmail.com (620) 960-2307

McPherson – Wylene Lengel, wylene.lengel@gmail.com (760) 580-2274

Monitor – Shana Leck, slleck@hotmail.com (620) 755-5098

**If you have the extra funds to donate to help offset hotel costs for those traveling into McPherson, please send those to:

P.O. Box 394
McPherson KS

Write “DC Hotels” in the memo line.
This would be greatly appreciated!!
Online Viewing

All events taking place in the McPherson Church Sanctuary will be available for viewing through YouTube (see links above). The entire conference will not be available online.

All Business Sessions will now be available by Zoom for delegates who are unable to travel to McPherson. See the Zoom Delegate Authorization Form under “Forms for Conference” on this page.

For more information, please contact your local congregation or
Joanna in the district office (620) 241-4240


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