Institute helps organize first confirmation camp for Wichita districts

After the success of the Summit Youth Academy last summer, Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib was tapped to organize a confirmation camp for Wichita districts by district superintendent Mitch Reece. Mohler-Seib, who is the director of faith formation for youth and young adults at the Institute and leads the Summit Youth Academy, knew the camp would be a good fit with the Institute's mission of providing Christian resources and education that build disciples and would continue the Institute's history of expanding access to Christian education. “If we would not have offered this week-long intensive, they would not…continue reading →

Article from Great Plains Conference: Amp It Up! camp experience transforms young musicians

Kaitlin Kendel from Abilene Emanuel UMC leads a group practicing to lead worship at the Great Plains Annual Conference session June 15 during the recent Amp It Up! music camp at Southwestern College. Photo by David Burke by David Burke, communications coordinator for the Great Plains Conference of the UMC  Kaitlin Kendel remembers a past participant at the Amp It Up! worship band camp. “She didn’t even want to play guitar. She came here because her friends were coming,” recalled Kendel, now worship director at Abilene Emanuel United Methodist Church, where that same girl…continue reading →

Holy Land trip being organized for May, 2018

Those who have always wanted to take a trip to the Holy Land have the chance of a lifetime this spring. The Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College is hosting a 10-day trip to the Holy Lands May 14-23, 2018. Anyone is invited to join the tour, even those not residing in Winfield, Kansas, where the Institute is headquartered. The trip is being coordinated by Rev. Kent Melcher through Educational Opportunities (EO), a recognized leader in international group travel. Registration for the trip will close on March 1st, 2018. Any journey to the Holy…continue reading →

Culture of Call Event & Timothy Circle Connections

Guest post by Jen Burch of United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Promising young athletes are connected with key coaches, sought out and recruited to excellent teams and sports programs. Promising young scholars’ test scores are shared with top universities, building a pipeline toward future academic success. Who’s responsible for recognizing, “coaching,” and developing promising young disciples of Jesus Christ? What are the key opportunities that will nurture their gifts and build their skills and networks? Could we more intentionally build faithful young Christian leaders through whom God will transform the world? Could…continue reading →