Great Plains Annual Conference

Church Leadership
The Rev. Karen Jeffcoat gives instructions to Yves Kinangwa, pastor at Coffeyville-Edna, before lunch break during the Great Plains Conference Board of Ordained Ministry credentialing process. Photo courtesy of the Great Plains Conference.

Conference sees record 50 clergy candidates

The Great Plains Conference Board of Ordained Ministry — or BoOM for short — has seen a boom of its own this year. A record 50 candidates interviewed from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at Topeka First United Methodist Church as part of the credentialing process that will lead to ordination.
Faith Sharing
Café Quetzal is celebrating its first anniversary as a coffee shop ministry and is upbeat about its prospects as a business, community center and place to share the Christian faith. Photo by David Burke, courtesy of Great Plains Conference.

Café Quetzal connects with coffee, Christ

Café Quetzal is celebrating its first anniversary as a coffee shop ministry and while they have high quality coffee, they also have baristas who are ready, willing and able to counsel customers or talk about Christianity.
The First United Methodist Church in Denton, Texas, joins in worship on June 6, the first time the sanctuary had been used for that purpose since the COVID-19 pandemic forced building closures all over the U.S. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Churches urged to relaunch, not just reopen

The spirit of innovation seen in the COVID-19 pandemic needs to continue and deepen, church leadership experts say.
Mission and Ministry
Schoolchildren drink from a borehole at Kalumba Primary School in Mangochi, Malawi, in September 2020. The borehole was drilled by the Malawi government. In response to water scarcity in this east African country, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., has helped fund the drilling of more than 80 boreholes since September. Photo by Francis Nkhoma, UM News.

Church helps drill more than 80 boreholes in Malawi

Since 2010, a partnership between Kansas and Malawi United Methodists spans over 9,000 miles and provides life-changing ministries.

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