Resources for Pastors


Continuing Education Grant

KLC 2020 Grants (Kansas Leadership Center)

  • Information to come

Seminary Scholarship

Sabbatical Scholarship

  • Sabbatical scholarships assist credentialed persons in minimizing their financial burden in pursuing sabbaticals that are refreshing and enriching.
  • Sabbatical scholarships are available to persons with active ministerial credentials held by Western District Conference.
  • Credentialed persons may apply for up to $500.
  • Application Directions


Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program

  • Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis administers the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs, which grant money to congregations to provide sabbatical leaves to their pastors.
  • Guidelines & Application

Grants from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity

Grants from Louisville Institute


Camp Mennoscah (, Murdock, KS, offers space for spiritual retreats for pastors and those working for Christian-based ministries.  Retreats must be scheduled with camp staff in advance and are available as the camp schedule allows.  Lodging is as available.  No meals, bedding, or toiletries are provided.  All areas used must be cleaned before departure; not all buildings may be open for use.  These are meant to be personal (single person) retreats.  No charge for one overnight; donations accepted.

While we will do our best to accommodate you, please note:
–Other groups may be at camp during your stay.
–Camp staff will be around but will not necessarily be available at all times.
–This is not intended to be a family or group activity.  Please contact CM about exceptions.
–Spiritual retreat spaces may not be available at all times of the year.
–Camp Mennoscah has the right to change the guidelines and requirements without warning.

Other WDC Spiritual Directors & Retreat options



Education Expectations for Pastors serving in Western District Conference

WDC Guidelines for Pastor and Congregation Review

WDC Procedure regarding ministers officiating same-sex weddings

WDC Record Retention Policy for Credential Files

Mentor/Mentee Resources:


Ministry Transitions – Candidate Version – This packet is for persons who are seeking new places of ministry, for those seeking placement for the first time; or for those who are considering being credentialed.

Ministry Transitions – Search Committee Version – This packet is requested by search committees who are looking for a new pastor. This is designed to help them discern if they need a transitional pastor, or what next steps they need to take to have a successful pastorate.

Pastor Congregation Evaluations – This packet is a spin-off of the PCRC packet and is targeted for the pastor review and evaluation process.

Pastor Congregation Relations – This packet addresses the relationship between the pastor and the congregation. It includes a pastor’s job description, as well as the responsibilities of the pastor congregation relations committee, negotiating the pastor’s salary, and addresses sabbatical and study leaves.

Pastor Salary Guidelines

Ministerial Credentialing – This packet is called for by the area conference or congregation. Ministerial Credentialing works with the preparation of the pastor’s journey of credentialing, whether it is the process of licensing or ordination.

Sexual Misconduct – This packet gives congregations a resource for how to deal with accusations of sexual abuse and what steps they can take to deal with it; as well as guidelines for accountability groups.

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