Category Archives: Christian-Formation

Singing our Prayers: Thoughts on Prayer, Identity and Mission, August 8, 2017

     by Kathy Neufeld Dunn, WDC Associate Conference Minister (KS-based) “Music is the language of our hearts,” I read in Resonate, the new hymnal and worship resources sampler.  It is “what brings us together in worship to honor God.”  Marlene Kropf, … Continue reading

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New Resources, July 3, 2017

     by Jennie Wintermote, WDC Resource Library Director Did you know we’ve been able to add 278 items to the Resource Library collection in 2017?  I’m always looking for timely resources that help us engage our faith in ways that … Continue reading

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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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