Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is the elected guiding group for district vision, mission and program.  Its membership consists of the chair of each of the ministry teams in addition to its own chair, secretary, and several ex-officio members (see links to the right).

Since 2008 the Western Plains District has gone through a series of experiments, at times suspending operating procedures in favor of trying new approaches to expedite work of the district and its volunteer leadership and staff. This process culminated with the 2017 District Conference approval of a new Constitution and Bylaws. Under the modified structure formalized in those documents, the Leadership Team is designated as “trustees” of the district, the ones legally responsible for its mission and actions.

Through this period of experimentation and invention, the guiding principle has been to focus on how we can be a transformational and transforming community of believers and servers, to help us live out our vision and to utilize our spiritual gifts and human resources more effectively. The new structure does not change the role of District Conference as the primary governing body of the Church of the Brethren in Western Plains.

 

Documents for Understanding the District Structure
The Constitution is relatively short and self-explanatory and sets the basic legal framework for the district.  The Bylaws are more detailed.  Below the link to the Bylaws is a guide to help reach specific sessions directly:

  • Constitution
  • WPD Bylaws
    District Conference structure, officers, and their duties (pp 1-5)
    Leadership Team (pp 5-8)
    Ministry Teams (pp 8-13)
    Other Teams and Committees (pp 14-15)
    District Personnel (pg 15)
    General corporate and legal stuff (pp 15-16)
    Relationships with partner organizations (pp 16-17)

 

Recent Policies Adopted by Leadership Team

 

Guidelines for Churches choosing to withdraw from the Church of the Brethren
0-Congregational Withdrawal – Best Practices

0-Denominational Leadership Response to the CBC

0-Responding to a Congregation Considering Withdrawal

 

 

Please see the expense voucher for Leadership & Ministry Team members below.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the District Office at office@wpcob.org or 620-241-4240. 

 

 

Reflections from the Leadership Team

Behaving our way out of dilemma Management guru Stephen Covey is credited with the assertion that you can’t talk your way out of a problem that you behaved your way into. Interesting observation. I was recently given an article titled “How to Turn Any Disagreement into a Nasty Fight in Your Congregation.”[1] It was a … read on

Jesus In The Neighborhood

Guided by the very able leadership of the DnA Team (Cheryl Mishler, Erin Flory Robertson, Jon Tuttle, Keith Funk, Paul Cesare, Pat Gong, and Lowell Flory), surrendered in prayer and energized table talk the District Conference passed a foundational Purpose Statement for the District.          

Peace Corner

On Earth Peace, an agency of the Church of the Brethren, is offering opportunities for trainings and consultations – in person and online – to learn more about Kingian Nonviolence and ways to get involved in anti-racism work.

What’s the point of a focus group?

You may have been hearing about focus group meetings being held around the district. Three have been completed, three are yet to go. If your congregation has already been represented at one of these meetings, thank you for participating. If you’ve not yet been involved, look for an opportunity at Holmesville (May 21) Olathe (May … read on

District Focus Groups

Western Plains District Church of the Brethren Opportunities to participate . . . to be part of our planning Focus group conversations about the future of our district Through May and early June, we are holding conversations in churches around the district led by members of a team we’ve called the “DnA Team.” That somewhat … read on

Reflections from the Leadership Team

Whose View . . . Toward What Horizon? The last three weeks I’ve been trying what I hope will become a periodic pattern for the year – traveling to churches other than my own for a Sunday gathering and worship experience. Whenever I do that, I almost always learn something, and it’s usually good. Moderator … read on

Reflections from the Leadership Team

We’re probably all familiar with the Sesame Street game “how are these things alike, how are they different?” What does that have to do with your Western Plains Leadership Team, you ask? With the exception of only three members (including ex-officio), the LT is the exact same people as it was last year, many of … read on

Pastor-Leader Training

SAVE THE DATE: February 10-11, 2023 Due to scheduling conflicts, the anticipated virtual retreat kick-off event using The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are as a resource did not materialize. The good news?

Covid-19 District Response

Due to an unprecedented pandemic with covid-19, our district leadership, in conjunction with other district and ecumenical entities, and along with current CDC recommendations, have made the difficult decision to either cancel or go online for all district events for the remainder of 2020.

District Men’s Retreat

Western Plains District Men’s Retreat will be held March 27-28, 2020 at the Heartland Center for Spirituality in Great Bend, Kan. The theme is 2020 Vision for Mission and will be hosted by the men of the McPherson Church of the Brethren Where there is no vision, the people perish. . . ~Proverbs 29:18   Cost is $70/person … read on