Category Archives: Christian-Formation

Shying Away from (and Reclaiming?) the E-Word, June 6, 2017

      by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) For many years, I’ve been one of those followers of Jesus who didn’t use the word “evangelism.”  I had my reasons.  It had been too long associated with … Continue reading

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A Book Opened a Door, May 2, 2017

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) On a recent flight, I was reading Sara Mile’s autobiography, Take This Bread: A Spiritual Memoir of a Twenty-First-Century Christian.  Toward the end of the flight, my seat mate asked me what … Continue reading

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Self Care, April 4, 2017

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) A classic devotional by Frances Roberts is entitled Come Away, My Beloved.  It’s the invitation to take time away to grow in intimacy with God.  We read the gospels and … Continue reading

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The Practice of Descent, March 7, 2017

    by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (KS-based) Lent—forty days of prayer and practice.  Lent is a season of the Christian Year when we openly admit our human frailty and sinfulness.  Some of our congregations who rarely practice confession, … Continue reading

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New Year, New Opportunities, January 4, 2017

     by Jennie Wintermote, Library Director It’s a new year, and a wonderful opportunity to start something new.  No matter your age, gender, vocation, or any other category, God desires something new for you this year.  Why not take this … Continue reading

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Rich Resource for You and By You, December 6, 2016

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (KS-based) Are you desperate for a new Christmas Bible series for your Sunday School class?  Are you wondering what interesting stewardship study ideas might be available for your older adults in January … Continue reading

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Sabbatical: Why It’s a Gift to Both Pastor and Congregation, November 8, 2016

    by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) Why should a pastor take a sabbatical?  It’s good for the pastor, the congregation and the broader church.  A revitalized, renewed pastor who has had some time away in retreat and … Continue reading

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Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves: Additional Safe Sanctuary Resources, September 6, 2016

    by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) The Gospel of Matthew records Jesus saying, as he commissions the Twelve for mission, “See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as … Continue reading

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Spiritual Preparation and Nourishment, August 2, 2016

    by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (Kansas-Based) I’m delighted to be on board as Associate Conference Minister (KS-based) for Western District Conference. One of my ministry responsibilities is resourcing pastors and congregations. Believe it or not, there … Continue reading

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Summer Reading, July 5, 2016

     by Jennie Wintermote, Library Director It’s July, the days are hot, and the excitement of summer vacation is beginning to wane.  Many studies highlight the importance of reading aloud to children to build early literacy skills, vocabulary, and a … Continue reading

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