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Leadership Institute, April 2 | Final Class on “The Personal Life of the Leader”

Monday, March 12th, 2018

David Williams is devout in his intention to counsel and guide us in maintaining the healthiest possible lifestyle as church pastors and leaders, as he teaches our Leadership Institute class on April 2, 2018. Church leadership burnout has reached epidemic proportions, and much of the problem lies in neglect of the leader’s personal and family life. It is far too easy to minister to the people in the church to whom God calls us and neglect our own and our family’s health. But the revealing question is, “How can I minister faithfully to other persons and other families, if I do not care properly for my own life and family?”

David Williams is well prepared to teach us about care of ourselves and our families. He has led numerous retreats and workshops in soul care; he has taught college undergraduate and graduate courses, giving spiritual counsel to students; and as Mid-America Yearly Meeting Superintendent, he has provided spiritual nurture for numerous pastors and other church leaders. He will continue to share with us knowledge he has gained from his experiences, study, and teaching. David has been for many years my treasured personal friend, teacher, mentor, and encourager.  Many of you can testify to the same.

Our hope in the Institute is that as many of you as possible will be able to share interactively with David at one of these sites: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, NE, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul (pastor in Nigeria), Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie (pastor at Dover Friends Church in Jamaica), Mary Carter-Haynes (pastor at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica), Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Bethel Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

You may be unable to join us for the live class. If so, you can click on the link below to view the video recording on YouTube here.

You might gather a group in your church to view and discuss the video of David’s presentation.

The living Christ, whose resurrection we will have celebrated in our Easter worship services, is our Divine model for healthy spiritual living. He maintained a rhythm of ministry in the world and retreat to a solitary place for prayer.

Hopefully, you will be able to share with us Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. central time for David’s last class.

Celebrating the resurrection of Christ, and looking forward to seeing you at the Institute,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, March 5 | The Personal Life of a Leader – Part 2

Monday, February 12th, 2018

David Williams will bless us again in the Church Leadership Institute as he teaches our second class on “The Personal Life of the Leader,” March 5, 2018. We especially welcome David’s teaching, because we live in a time when stresses in society are enormous. We, the church leaders, need to be watchful and take care not to allow external pressures impose upon our personal and family lives. David is devoted to enable us to strengthen and enrich our spiritual lives and overall health amidst the strains and tensions in our culture.

David Williams has a breadth of experience in healthy leadership, as a Friends pastor, as a college professor and administrator at Barclay College, and as a Yearly Meeting Superintendent (Lead Pastor of EFC-MAYM)), and he has been intentional to observe wholesome spiritual disciplines to maintain his own spiritual, emotional, and physical health, while fulfilling his vocational responsibilities. Additionally, his Doctor of Ministry education provided numerous, rich resources from the Bible and Church history, which are helpful in healthy living and leadership. He will continue to share these with us in his commitment to help us maintain the healthiest possible lifestyle and church leadership.

We hope you will join us for the live session, in which we will see and converse with David and one another. Sites where the classes are live are: Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall). North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha NE, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie Pastor at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, and Mary Carter-Haynes Pastor at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica,

If one of these locations is inconvenient for you, and if you inform me, I will send the WebEx invitation to you. Or if you prefer to view the video-recorded session at a different time, here is the YouTube link.

We have several people around the world, who participate in the Institute by listening to the recordings.

I am eager to hear David Williams’ counsel on ways to enrich our personal and spiritual lives as Church leaders, Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. central time.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Development

New Institute Course on “The Personal Life of the Leader” begins Monday, February 5.

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Dear Friends in the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry,

David Williams will be our teacher in the new Leadership Institute course, “The Personal Life of the Leader.” The first class will be February 5, 2018. We all want our churches to be healthy, and we are well aware that the health of the church is directly related to the health of church leaders. You and I are these leaders. So the intended outcome of this series of classes is to enrich the lives and leadership of us, who are the leaders in the church. This includes our spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social life. David Williams is committed to guide us in our quest for the fullest possible health.

David Williams is the General Superintendent (Lead Pastor) of the Evangelical Friends Church – Mid America Yearly Meeting. A graduate of Malone University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Ashland Theological Seminary, with a Master of Arts degree, David earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, now Portland Seminary. David and his wife, Carol, have been partners in full-time Christian ministry throughout their marriage. They have six lovely children and eight beautiful grandchildren. David has served as a Friends Pastor in the Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region, and at Barclay College as a Professor in the undergraduate and Master’s studies, and Director of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership – Spiritual Formation Concentration. He has taught college courses in the Bible, Theology, Friends History and Beliefs, and Spiritual Formation. He has written the book, Rhythms of Grace: Life-Saving Disciplines for Spiritual Leaders, published by Barclay Press. This is by far the most helpful book I have read for church leaders on the care of their whole lives: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and physical. I recommend that all of us read it. David was our first teacher in the Institute in the Wichita branch, when we expanded beyond South Texas, and has taught numerous times in the Institute since then.

We wish for the greatest number of us to be able to participate in this creative learning experience, so offer the classes at these locations: North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, St Paul, NE Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, Mary Carter-Haynes at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall). If the time of the live class does not meet your schedule, you may view a video recording of the class on YouTube, as many Friends do. Simply click on this link.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzYEkoGfmuLVuFvTuuneAqw

We look forward to the teaching of David, who promises to enrich our health and thus the health of our churches, in which we give leadership. The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time Monday, February 5, 2018.

Eagerly anticipating our fellowship together,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Development

Leadership Institute, Jan 8 | Josh Bunce on NT

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Josh Bunce will conclude our fascinating journey through the New Testament in his third class on January 8, 2018. Having entered a new year and having so recently celebrated the birth of Christ, we will come with new life in a spirit of celebration. We will also come with anticipation of Josh’s informed teaching. In his final class with us, Josh will center his teaching on the General Letters and Revelation,

With a seminary education and college teaching experience, Josh is giving us excellent instruction, while providing us a model for our teaching. And his teaching is through the lens of Friends faith and practice. Josh is leading us in a deeper experience of the written Scriptures, while encouraging us to listen to the Inward Voice of Christ for clear understanding and interpretation of the events and messages in the Bible. He is helping us to appreciate and understand more profoundly the eternal truths of God revealed in the Bible. I am excited for this last class with Josh, who is my personal friend and colleague, and who continually keeps me informed of new, scholarly Bible resources.

I hope you will make this class a priority and join us at one of these locations:

These are the locations where you can listen to and interact with Josh and other Friends in the Institute: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church in Atlanta (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul in Nigeria, Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, Mary Carter-Haynes at Amity Hall Friends Meeting in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Marshalltown Friends Church, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

If you have a conflict Monday, I invite you to view the video recording on YouTube Here.

This will be the third class in our study of the New Testament and our sixth class in the Bible. I am sure that you, like me, are growing immensely. Josh will begin at 7:00 p.m. central time onJanuary 8, 2018. This is the second Monday in January, since New Year’s Day is the first Monday.

Hoping you can join me in hearing Josh in his concluding class,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Nov 6 | New Testament Course

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Josh Bunce, Bible/Theology Professor at Barclay College, will teach the three-month course on the New Testament, beginning November 6. Last month, Kevin Lee described Old Testament prophesies, foreshadowing Christ and New Testament events. Now Josh, with clear instruction, will give accurate meaning and interpretation of the New Testament events and teachings that underlie our Christian faith. Josh’s hope, and the desire of each of us, is to understand more fully God’s revelation in the Bible, so that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we might be more effective ministers and church leaders in our world that desperately needs the Gospel. Josh is committed to help us in this noble mission. His first class will focus on the Gospels.

Josh Bunce is Chair of the Bible/Theology Department and Professor of Biblical Studies, Church History, Christian Beliefs, and Youth Ministry at Barclay College. He is a graduate of Barclay College, with Summa Cum Laude honor. He did graduate work at Friends University in the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and earned the Master of Divinity degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Josh was recorded as a Friends Minister in Northwest Yearly Meeting. He has Friends pastoral experience, having served on the pastoral team at Netarts Friends Church in Northwest Yearly Meeting. Josh is active in the Haviland Friends Church, where he provides volunteer leadership in worship and preaching. He is married to Marcy, and they are the loving parents of three beautiful children: Audrey, Ethan, and Clayton.

We wish for the greatest number of us to be able to participate in this creative learning experience, so we will offer live, interactive classes at these places: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church Atlanta, GA (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), James Nduwayo (pastor in Rwanda), Faniyi Paul and Gabriel Sunday (pastors in Nigeria), Amuri Edouard with African Friends in Chicago, Anthony Moodie at the Dover Friends Church in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center,Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Fowler Friends Church, New Hope Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

For Friends unable to join us November 6, Drew Davenport will place the video recording of the class on YouTube at this link.

I invite you to expand your knowledge of the New Testament under the informed teaching of Josh Bunce. The class will begin at 7:00 p.m. central time on November 6.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Aug 7 | Kevin Lee

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Kevin Lee, our teacher for our new Institute course in the “The Survey of the Old Testament,” will reveal to us the glorious beauty to be found in these ancient Scriptures, during the months of August, September, and October. Kevin teaches with the high view of the Bible held by George Fox, who claimed, “The Scriptures were given forth by the Spirit of God.” Therefore, we will know God more fully as we understand the Scriptures more fully. May we grow in our knowledge of God and the Scriptures during this course in the Old Testament, starting August 7, 2017.

Kevin Lee has a ministry of law enforcement with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department in Kansas (the Emporia region).  His background includes college teaching and administration, church leadership, and studies in Bible, theology, and pastoral ministry. With a true pastor’s heart, Kevin is able to render a very unique ministry in his law enforcement work. He has numerous opportunities, in ways that many of us do not have, to touch people’s lives with the compassionate love of Christ. Before assuming his present work, Kevin Lee was Vice President for Student Services, Head Soccer Coach, and Professor in the Bible/Ministry Division at Barclay College. Specifically, he taught Old Testament and New Testament courses in the Distance Learning program. He is also well rooted in the Friends Church. Kevin grew up in Northridge Friends Church. After completing an undergraduate degree in Bible and Business Administration at Barclay College, he served as a youth pastor for ten years in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting (Hutchinson and Bethel Friends Churches). In 2005, his family moved to southern California, where at the Friends Center at Azusa Pacific University, he earned the degree, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies.  While studying for the Master’s degree, Kevin served as Minister to College Students at Friends Community Church in Brea, California. He also has experience in banking and substitute teaching and coaching in the public school system. Kevin is married to Jennifer, and they are the loving parents of three beautiful children: Nathan, Hannah, and Jessa.

Because God has blessed our Institute so abundantly, we desire to share the fruits of our teaching. Technology has made possible our ability to hear, see, and interact with Kevin and one another. This we will do at the following locations: St Paul, MN Friends Church (at the home of Kumar Tamang, with Friends from Nepal and Bhutan), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting at the home of David Millar, and the  homes of Paul Etienne Mungombe  and Jonathan Esongo, Friends from Congo), (Quebec City Meeting with Musato L. Dems and Alphee Ndahond, Friends from Congo), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Louisville, KY Friends Church and Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA (with Friends from Rwanda and Burundi), Samson Retnaraj (EFM missionary in Nepal), Mncedisi Nkomo (pastor in Zambia), Friends in Jamaica, Kickapoo Friends Center, Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

Some Friends prefer a time more convenient than Monday nights. Graciously, Drew Davenport places the video recorded classes on YouTube. A good model to follow in viewing them is to gather a group in your church or area, so that you may discuss the class presentation together. Click here to go to the link.

Kevin Lee’s hope is that through his teaching, the Holy Spirit will open to us new insights into the Truths of God that are revealed in the precious Scriptures. The first class in the Old Testament series is August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. central time. At 6:50, we will hear the story or testimony of one of our Institute Friends.

Inviting you to join us as Kevin opens to us the fascinating beauty of the Old Testament,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute Update | July 3

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

Dr. Adrian Halverstadt will bless us once more on July 3, 2017, as he completes our study of Christian theology, with specific emphasis on our Friends beliefs. Adrian knows the Church and Christian theology through studies in his Master’s and Doctoral work, as Professor in undergraduate and graduate Bible/Theology courses at Barclay College, and as a Friends Church pastor and leader. He has studied the great theologians and devotional leaders through the centuries. An additional blessing is Adrian’s broad knowledge of Friends history and theology, so he teaches Church history and beliefs through the eyes of Quakerism.

You will be able to see, hear, and interact with Adrian at these locations: Indianapolis, with Steve Turner, Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Kickapoo Friends Center, St Paul, MN Friends Church (Bhutanese), Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting) at the homes of David Millar, Paul Etienne Mungombe, and Jonathan Esongo, Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing YouTube videos), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Community Church (Angleton), All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom  and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

If you also want to view the video recorded session and absorb your learning experience a second time, or if you cannot be at one of these sites, simply click on this YouTube link here.

After Adrian’s teaching in this session, I am certain that you, like me, will have a deeper understanding of the beliefs of our beloved Christian Church. This is important, because being firmly grounded in our roots, we will be able to grow and produce fruits for strong leadership and ministry today and in the future. Jesus’ teaching is clear, “The tree is known by its fruit” (Matthew 12:33 NRSV). This applies to the Church, of which you and I are servant leaders.

The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time, July 3, 2017, with a time of friendly fellowship at 6:50.

Inviting you to enrich your faith, knowledge, and life by sharing in Adrian’s final class on Christian Theology.

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, May 1 | Dr. Adrian Halverstadt

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This week we are remembering with inexpressible gratitude the love of Christ revealed in his suffering love for us on the cross. Then, on Resurrection Sunday, we will celebrate Christ’s victory over the grave. So we will gather with our Institute family on May 1, 2017 as a new people filled with the new life of the Living Christ. We will also begin a new course on Christian Theology and Church History. Dr. Adrian Halverstadt will be our teacher for the three classes in May, June, and July, during which he will bring clarity to the central beliefs of our Christian faith from a distinctively Friends perspective.

Dr. Adrian Halverstadt is my personal friend and colleague. Adrian is Chancellor at Barclay College and represents the college around the nation and across the branches of the Friends Church. He is Professor of Christian Theology in the Master of Arts studies at Barclay College, Director of the distance learning studies, and Professor in the undergraduate Bible/Ministry Division. Serving the wider Friends Church, Adrian is Superintendent of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting and Director of Evangelical Friends Church-North America. He is a Recorded Friends Minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region, with more than thirty years of pastoral service. Adrian received the Bachelor’s degree from Ft. Wayne Bible College, the Master’s in Christian Ministry from Huntington University, and the Ph.D. in Theology, with a concentration in conflict management and systems theory from Trinity/University of Liverpool. Before coming to Barclay College, Adrian was Interim Pastor of the Pratt Friends Church, Executive Pastor of Willoughby Hills Friends Church, and a District Superintendent in Evangelical Friends Church (Eastern Region). He also opened a mission field in Brazil. Adrian is married to Lisa, and they are the loving parents of Adrian III, Joel, and Tim, and grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren. Adrian describes his commitment to the Church. “Lisa and I enjoy visiting churches and speaking on behalf of Barclay College.  We love the Friends Church and are committed to Biblical holiness.  I am convinced that God can transform the world for His glory through Barclay College and the Evangelical Friends Church!”

Adrian’s presentation will be available on YouTube. So if you cannot listen to his presentation on May 1, I encourage you to view the recorded session. Perhaps you can gather a group in your church to discuss Adrian’s teaching. Another brilliant idea was given to me. You might want to have a Sunday school class to discuss Adrian’s classes and other courses. This is the YouTube link.

If you are able to share in the interactive session with Adrian, here are the locations: Kickapoo Friends Center, Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis with Steve Turner, All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Palmer, Alaska (the home of David Miller), (Alaska Yearly Meeting), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing YouTube videos), St Paul, MN Friends Church (Bhutanese), and Canadian Yearly Meeting (Montreal Monthly Meeting) at the homes of David Millar, Paul Etienne Mungombe, and Jonathan Esongo.

We seek to be informed Friends and explain clearly our beliefs. This we can do as we understand more fully our rich Christian history and the beliefs of prominent theologians in our 2000-year history. Adrian Halverstadt is committed to guide us in this high goal. Will you join him and others in our Institute family on May 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. central time? I invite you also to participate in a time of fellowship at 6 :50, during which we will hear the story of one of our members.

May the grace of our Savior be overflowing to you and your church,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, April 3 | Derek Brown on Worship Leadership, Part III

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

The Church Leadership Institute for Ministry will gather April 3, 2017, during the season of remembering Christ’s death and celebrating His resurrection. We will be filled with gratitude for God’s supreme gift of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. We will also share feelings of gratefulness for God’s gift of our Ministry Institute.

Derek Brown, who has carefully and wonderfully taught our previous two classes, will speak to us and guide our discussion in his third and final session on Worship Leadership. Derek, as we have discovered, is a very articulate teacher. Derek is Chaplain, Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries and Transformational Leadership concentrations of the Master’s studies at Barclay College. As Professor, he teaches courses in Bible, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Leadership, Preaching, and Worship. Derek received the B.A. degree from Barclay College, the M.A.R (Master of Arts in Religion) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. degree from Johnson University. Derek’s doctoral studies were in Friends Faith and Practice, particularly the history of the Faith and Practices in the six Yearly Meetings in the Evangelical Friends Church – North America. He also studied the development of the Friends pastoral system in North America. His dissertation is a significant resource for 21st-century Friends. Derek is married to Jessica Huffman, who is the great-niece of Max Huffman, former Director of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Missions Department. Jessica and Derek are the loving parents of precious twin daughters,

Our hope is to make available this Institute class, and all Institute classes, to as many Friends as possible. With this goal we offer live, interactive classes at these locations: All Nations (formerly Sudanese Community) Friends Church in Omaha, Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis with Steve Turner, Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing videos),  Kickapoo Friends Center, and St Paul, MN Friends Church

(Bhutanese). If you are unable to join one of these Institute groups and you prefer to view the video on YouTube, click here.

Derek will begin teaching at 7:00 p.m. central time, April 3, 2017, preceded by a time of fellowship and sharing at 6:50. You will want to make this class a priority, because from it you will take many ideas that you will find useful in your churches.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, March 6 | Derek Brown

Friday, February 24th, 2017

We were greatly blessed last month with Derek Brown’s excellent teaching, and he will continue to inspire us with practical guidance for our Worship, Teaching, and Preaching Ministry when he speaks at the Church Leadership Institute class March 6, 2017.

Derek Brown has years of teaching, preaching, and leading worship in the local church, and teaching these subjects as Chaplain, Professor, Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries and Transformational Leadership concentrations of the Master’s studies at Barclay College.

Having studied in his Ph.D. research the Faith and Practice manuals of the six Yearly Meetings in Evangelical Friends Church – North America, and more specifically the development of the Pastoral system in North America, Derek brings a particular Friends emphasis to his understanding of Friends worship and ministry.

A fact about Derek’s good habits will interest you. He frequents the Quaker Room of the Worden Memorial Library at Barclay College, where he prefers to teach and where he continually studies the rich resources of Friends history. The question is, “Does Derek spend more time there, or do I?”

These are the sites where the technology for the classes is available: Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, Indianapolis with Steve Turner, Kingston, Jamaica (viewing and discussing the videos), and Kickapoo Friends Center.

If you cannot be at one of these locations, and you are free at this time, please notify me, and I will send you the link for the video conferencing. Or you may prefer to view the video recorded session, which Drew Davenport uploads to YouTube. Thank you Drew! Maybe you can gather a group from your church to view and discuss Derek’s teaching. This is your link.

If possible, please join us at 6:50 for a time of getting better acquainted. Otherwise, we hope to see you at 7:00 p.m. central time on March 6, 2017.

With hope for our deepest worship of our Living God,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

New Worship Leadership Course | with Derek Brown

Friday, January 13th, 2017

“Worship Leadership” is the subject of the new class in the Leadership Institute, beginning February 6, 2017, and Derek Brown will be our teacher. This will also be the start of the three-year Institute curriculum, and a good time for you to start, if you have not been involved, or to continue, if you have been active. There will be different teachers with new perspectives for each course. The course subjects will be: Worship Leadership, Church History and Theology, Old and New Testament Studies, The Personal Life of the Church Leader, Evangelism and Outreach, Church Leadership and Administration, Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction, Friends Faith and Practice, Family Building, Organizational Leadership, and Advancing the Church through Missions and Outreach Ministries.

During the months of February, March, and April, Derek Brown will teach the classes in the Worship Leadership course, central to which is the Teaching and Preaching Ministry of the church.

We are very privileged to have Derek Brown as our Leadership Institute teacher. Derek Brown is Chaplain, Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department, and Director of the Pastoral Ministries and Transformational Leadership concentrations of the Master’s studies at Barclay College. As Professor, he teaches courses in Bible, Theology, Pastoral Ministry, Leadership, Preaching, and Worship. Derek was my student (an excellent student) in the Teachings of Friends class that I taught.

He earned the B.A. degree from Barclay College and the M.A.R (Master of Arts in Religion) from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He received the Ph.D. degree from Johnson University. Derek’s doctoral studies were in Friends Faith and Practice, particularly the development of the pastoral system in North America. He has studied thoroughly the Faith and Practices of the six Yearly Meetings in the Evangelical Friends Church – North America. His dissertation is a significant resource for 21st-century Friends.

Derek is married to Jessica Huffman (also an excellent student in my Teachings of Friends class), who is the great-niece of Max Huffman. Many Friends remember Max Huffman as past Director of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Missions Department. Max Huffman came to me as a college student with the words, “I think God is calling you into the Friends pastoral ministry.” These words penetrated my soul and were a major stimulus for my life’s vocation in Friends Pastoral Ministry. Can you imagine the joy I have in God’s gift of being able to minister more than fifty years later with Max Huffman’s great-niece and her husband, Derek?

God has blessed Jessica and Derek with precious twin daughters, and God will bless us with Derek’s clear and informed teaching.

Some Friends will be unable to be present Monday evening, so you can view the video recording of the class on YouTube by clicking HERE.

You may want to gather a group in your church or area to view the video together and discuss it. If so, please inform me, so I can count you present when marking attendance. Thank you. Locations where you may share in live discussion and interact with Derek and others are:

Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Louisville, KY Friends Church, Stone Mountain Friends Church, Atlanta, GA, and Indianapolis with Steve Turner.

The class begins at 7:00 p.m. central time, February 6, 2017. However, most Friends will join at 6:50 for a time of sharing, prayer, and listening to the stories of others.

Excited about the new Institute course of studies with Derek Brown teaching Worship Leadership,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Jan 2 | Participant Honors & Cambodia Missionary

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

davek-180x180We will gather for our first Leadership Institute class in 2017 on January 2. At the beginning of the New Year, having recently celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ, we will be filled with the fresh hope of our Lord, who is living in our world and reborn in our hearts. This evening we will celebrate the faithfulness of all Friends in the Institute, and honor our Friends who will receive certificates of completion for having participated in at least one class in the twelve courses during the last three years. We will also experience new hope and vision for missions as Michelle Murray shares with us.

Michelle Murray is a Friends missionary. Currently she is involved in mission work at Barclay College and in Haviland, Kansas, where she is active in the Haviland Friends Church. At Barclay, she teaches, counsels students, particularly those who are interested in missions, and organizes Juniors Global trips for students who want short-term experiences in mission work abroad. In Haviland, she manages Origins Coffeehouse, a place of ministry where Barclay College students, town residents, and visitors can share with one another their Christian faith, and where Barclay students are given opportunity to work in a Christian environment.

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Long Beach. She holds the degree of Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, with a concentration in Spiritual Formation, from Barclay College.

Michelle served Evangelical Friends Church Southwest as a missionary in Cambodia. She also served in Cambodia with Marketplace Ministries. Among her ministry responsibilities in Cambodia were managing a Christian coffeehouse and training young people to work in the coffeehouse. Deeply concerned about the major problem of human trafficking, Michelle went into the brothels, brought out some who were held as slaves, and trained them for respectable Christian work in the coffeehouse.

Michelle enjoys adventure in God’s natural world. When you are able, ask her about her hike to the top of Kilimanjaro.

Michelle has a powerful message and amazing experiences to share with us, and we are extremely blessed to have her as our teacher.

One goal in the Institute is to make available our courses to Friends throughout the nation and around the globe, at any time of day or night. Drew Davenport makes this possible by putting the video recorded sessions on YouTube. Some Friends cannot be free at the time the classes are in session. If this is the case for you and you want to see and hear the presentations, click here. Then choose the session you want to view.

Sites where the classes are live include: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent),  Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), New Hope Friends Church, Friends Church at Liberal, and Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman).

The Institute is a caring family of Friends, and we can increase our care as we know one another better. So we give ten minutes before the class begins every month for a person to tell a little about herself/himself. The sharing time will begin at 6:50 p.m., and the class will start at 7:00 p.m. central time on January 2, 2017.

Eagerly anticipating Michelle Murray’s message and thanking all Institute participants,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Dec 5 | Carrie Corliss on Mission & Church Planting

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

davek-180x180We will gather for our next Institute class on December 5, 2016 when we are anticipating the coming of Jesus into our world. In this time of celebrating the birth of our world’s Savior, may our hearts be filled with thanksgiving to God. May we also give thanks for the gift of our Church Leadership Institute family and the wonderful opportunities the Institute provides for our spiritual growth and leadership development. At our class on December 5, we are privileged to have Carrie Corliss as our teacher. She will inform us of her dynamic, and sometimes unconventional, approaches to missional/incarnational ministry and church planting.

Carrie Corliss is wife to Alan, homeschool mom to four children ages 6 – 17, and step-mom to one grown son. Carrie is the granddaughter of Robert and Lois Hutson, who served their entire adult lives in pastoral ministry with the Friends Church, and she is the daughter of Randy and Charlene Littlefield. Randy has been a pastor and church planter in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting (EFC-MAYM) and Eastern Region, and he is currently the EFC-MAYM Superintendent of Multiplication Ministries. Like her mom and dad and generations before them, Carrie is passionate about participating in the mission of God to see the Kingdom touch down in the lives of people, especially the broken, the poor, and the marginalized.

Carrie has served on the EFC-MAYM Home Missions Board for the past six years and champions unconventional paths of mission and church planting. She has been in leadership in several church plants and most recently helped to plant Communitas, a network of groups and individuals that exists for and is organized around the redemptive mission of God outside the walls. Communitas is involved in a number of neighborhood ministries and initiatives, several ministries with the homeless in Wichita, and English as a Second Language, where childcare and classes are free of charge. Members of Communitas, in partnership with five other Wichita Area Friends Churches, recently catalyzed the development of Family Promise of Greater Wichita, a program that brings congregations together to provide temporary shelter, meals, and compassionate assistance to homeless children and their families. Carrie is currently leading that effort in Greater Wichita.

We will video record Carrie’s presentation, as we do the presentations each month, and Drew Davenport will graciously upload it to YouTube for Friends to view any time of day or night and in any nation in the world where there is an Internet connection. See YouTube link here.

If you cannot join us live for the class, please log in and view it at your convenience, or gather a group in your church to view a discuss Carrie’s teaching. Sites where we offer live, interactive sessions are: Friends Church at Liberal, New Hope Friends Church, Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Faith Friends Church, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), and Sudanese Community Church (Omaha).

Carrie’s presentation will be at 7:00 p.m. central time on December 5, 2016.We invite you to log in early for a time of sharing at 6:50. Each month at 6:50 a Friend shares a story, testimony, or something about herself/himself. This is a great way we are becoming better acquainted and building community.

As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we anticipate His final instructions, “Proclaim the Good News to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15 NRSV). This is the heart of “Advancing the Church,” the current course title, and Carrie Corliss’ message to us.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Nov 7 | Gene Pickard to Speak on “Friends Global Ministries”

Friday, October 14th, 2016

davek-180x180We are blessed to have Gene Pickard as our presenter at the opening class in our course, “Advancing the Church.” November 7. His topic will be “Friends Global Ministries.” Gene is wonderfully qualified to teach us.

Gene grew up in Salem, Iowa (home of the oldest Friends Church west of the Mississippi, the first Whittier College, and the westernmost station of the Underground Railroad). There he attended the Salem Friends Church, where he committed his life to Christ and received the call to ministry in missions.

Gene is a graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School (Iowa), Friends Bible College (now Barclay College), Asbury Theological Seminary, Instituto de Lengua Española, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He holds a Doctor of Missiology degree. Gene is married, for 46 years, to Myra (Williamson) Pickard, native of South Dakota. Gene and Myra have two married children, Heather Haase and Jason Pickard, and four grandchildren.

Gene has ministered through teaching at San Antonio Friends School, Asbury Theological Seminary, Berea Bible Institute in Guatemala, and Barclay College. He is currently teaching in the Master of Arts studies at Barclay College and is the Director and one of the teachers at our Bible Institute for Hispanic Leadership Development (IHPLA in Spanish), a ministry of Evangelical Friends Church Southwest.

We want all Friends to be able to join us for the Institute classes, so we offer them at multiple locations: Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Fowler Friends Church, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Friends Bible Training School at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Friends Church at Liberal, New Hope Friends Church,  Faith Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton),  Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).  If viewing the class on YouTube is easier for you, here is the link.

Because Drew Davenport graciously uploads the videos on YouTube, Institute sessions have been viewed from as far away as Africa. You may want to gather a group in your church or area to view and discuss the video at a time most convenient to you.

I hope you will join us November 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. central time to be enlightened about Friends world ministries and to receive a renewed challenge to take our places in Christ’s Great Commission. Please join us at 6:50 for a time of getting better acquainted with one another.

Eagerly anticipating our fellowship together,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, Oct 3 | Royce Frazier – Barclay College President to Speak

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

davek-180x180We are very privileged that Royce Frazier has graciously offered to teach our Institute class on the evening of October 3. Royce will bring to us valuable principles of leadership that are vital, not only for a strong college, but also for healthy churches. Transformational Leadership is the core of Royce’s leadership at Barclay College, and he will share with us the importance of implementing this method for vitality in our Friends Churches today.

Royce Frazier is President of Barclay College and has brought the college to new heights of Christian spiritual and academic life, including Barclay’s recognized status of regional candidacy for accreditation in the Higher Learning Commission. He teaches courses in Transformational Leadership in Barclay’s Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership studies. Prior to his presidency, he was Director of Online Education and Vice President for Academic Services at Barclay College. Royce is an active member of Haviland Friends Church, where he provides worship leadership and plays the trumpet in the church orchestra. Earlier he invested more than thirty years in teaching, coaching, youth ministry, marriage and family therapy, and leadership in Mid-America Yearly Meeting. Royce received two B.S. degrees, from Barclay College and Emporia State University. He was granted the M.S. degree from Friends University and was awarded the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Fielding Graduate University. Royce is married to Carolyn, and they are proud parents and grandparents. If you want to know how proud Royce is as a grandfather, ask him any question about his grandchildren, and then give him an hour to answer. Royce has a deep desire for strong leadership in our Friends Churches and has committed his life to prepare men and women for church leadership that will be transforming. He comes to us in the Institute with this desire.

Royce’s teaching is very important for Friends in all places and branches, so Drew Davenport will upload a video recording of this class to YouTube, as he does all class session. Simply click here, and then click on the video you want to view.

We have many locations where you can join the Institute class live with video conferencing: Friends Church at Liberal, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Sudanese Community Church (Omaha),  Fowler Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton), Faith Friends Church, Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan),  Friends Bible Training School (at the home of David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), New Hope Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), and Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence).

Holding strongly to our Friends belief of making our vocation a ministry, Royce will speak to us with helpful counsel for whatever ministry or leadership role we have in the church or any organization. I urge you to join us and to bring as many as you can assemble to hear Royce on Monday, at 7:00 p.m. central time on October 3, 2016. Hopefully, you will log in at 6:50 when we will have a time of getting better acquainted. Each month one of our Institute Friends shares a story or testimony about herself/himself.

– Dave Kingrey, Leadership Institute Director

Leadership Institute, Sept 12 | Discernment & Decision Making

Monday, August 15th, 2016

davek-180x180How blessed we will be at our Institute gathering on September 12, when Mary Heathman, Clerk of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting, will enlighten us on our “Friends Practices of Discernment and Decision Making” and will offer helpful ideas on refining the use of these practices in our churches!

Mary Heathman is Presiding Clerk of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting and works closely with Adrian Halverstadt, who is Leadership Facilitator of the Yearly Meeting. Mary is a member of the Denver Friends Church. She is also active in planting a new fellowship of Friends in Denver, with her sister, Bonnie Bousman, and Bonnie’s husband, Tom. Mary has extensive knowledge of the principles of Friends decision making, and she recognizes the importance of our cherished Friends practice of discernment. Furthermore, she has years of experience in leading seminars and workshops in these areas. Mary has a talent in helping others discern clearly their call and their gifts of God and skillfully guides them in implementing their gifts in effective ministries. She has a deep desire for our Friends Churches to know and practice the special methods of Friends decision making and discernment, and with this desire, she graciously comes to our Institute to share what she has learned in her years of Friends Church leadership.

We want all Friends, regardless of Yearly Meeting or nation worldwide, to hear Mary and our other teachers, so Drew Davenport makes our video recorded classes available on YouTube. Thank you, Drew. Some Friends are unable to join our Monday evening sessions, and they have formed groups to view them at times to fit their personal and church schedules. The recorded sessions can be accessed HERE.

Many sites are available for you to join a fellowship to participate in the live class, in which you will see and interact with Mary and other participants at their various locations: New Hope Friends Church (Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting), Friends Church at Liberal, Friends Bible Training School (at the home David Miller), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud and Pauline Lawrence), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Fowler Friends Church, and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

I assure you that Mary Heathman will help us in our desire to be fully open to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our discernment and to find solid unity in our decision making. Mary will speak to us at 7:00 p.m. central time, 6:00 p.m. mountain time, on Monday, September 12, 2016. Please note, this is the second Monday of September, because the first Monday is Labor Day. Friends will want to log in at 6:50central time for ten minutes of sharing and fellowship.

Eagerly anticipating a wonderful fellowship and learning experience,

– Dave Kingrey, Leadership Institute Director

 

Leadership Institute, Aug 1 | Wayne Evans – Healthy Leadership

Friday, July 15th, 2016

davek-180x180We are blessed that Wayne Evans will teach our Institute class on August 1. He will speak on “Healthy Leadership in Friends Churches and Organizations,” as he explains the ministries of the Evangelical Friends Church International. Wayne is certainly well prepared to teach us. He is General Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region (EFC-ER). Prior to his current position, he was the Western Area Superintendent of EFC-ER. Wayne also provides leadership in the Haitian ministries in Haiti, the United States, and the Dominican Republic. He has written commentary for the Adult Friends curriculum. He is an Adjunct Professor at Malone University, where he attended as an undergraduate student. Wayne earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He is married to Regina, and they are the loving parents of four children and two grandchildren. For recreation he enjoys travel, football, history, and cooking. From personal experience I know that Wayne has a great love for youth, college students, and persons being called into ministry. This is clearly revealed in his effective leadership at Barclay College, where he is a visiting speaker in Chapel services and in the classroom. Wayne also edited Everett Cattell’s book, The Spirit of Holiness, which has provided a very helpful resource for guiding us in our Christian living today.

We want our entire Institute family to hear Wayne’s presentation, because he will address ways to provide healthy Friends Church and organizational leadership across the various branches of Friends. Since many cannot join the live video conferences, Drew Davenport makes them available on YouTube here.

You may wish to set up an Institute class that best fits Friends in your church. Sites where the Institute classes are active include: Lighthouse Fellowship Church at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan, Fowler Friends Church, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Friends Community Church (Angleton), New Hope Friends Church (Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting), Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Barclay College (Jackson Hall),  Faith Friends Church,  Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), North Newton at the home of Merl Kinser, and Bangor Liberty Friends Church.

I will look forward to your joining us for an enriching learning experience that will inform us of the dynamics of healthy leadership for our Friends Churches and organizations in today’s world. We will meet in live video conference with Wayne on Monday at 7:00 p.m. central time, August 1, 2016. There will be a time of sharing in fellowship and getting better acquainted with one another at 6:50.

Blessings,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, July 11 | Larry Lewis

Monday, June 20th, 2016

davek-180x180Dear Friends in the Leadership Institute,

Larry Lewis, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Barclay College, will address the important ministry of “Family Building through Sports and Recreation” at our Church Leadership Institute for Ministry class, July 11. Larry Lewis combines his responsibilities as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, with coaching at Barclay College. He is Head Volley Ball Coach. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Friends University and Master’s degree in Physical Education from Wichita State University. Larry grew up in a Friends Pastor’s home. His father, Dale Lewis, many Friends remember as Pastor of Northridge Friends Church for several years. Larry came to Barclay College from Evangelical Friends Church Southwest, where he gave leadership for twenty-five years in the Friends Christian School, a ministry of Rose Drive and Yorba Linda Friends Churches. Larry was a teacher for six years, Assistant Principle for sixteen years, and Principle for three years. Among his many responsibilities was the oversight of the sports and recreation program. Larry has devoted many years to building healthy families through recreation and sports.  Larry is married to Sheryl, and if you want to know how proud they are as parents and grandparents, ask them about their family. Larry and Sheryl are talented musicians and share their musical talent generously at Barclay College and Haviland Friends Church.

Our hope is to make Larry’s class and all classes available to as many Friends as possible, so we will upload the video of Larry’s presentation to YouTube (as we do every video-recorded session) through Drew Davenport’s computer technology skill. To access the videos click here and go to your desired class.

If your church prefers a time more convenient than Mondays to participate in the Institute, consider organizing a fellowship gathering for viewing the videos to fit your schedule. Our established Institute sites where live video conferencing occurs include: Bangor Liberty Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Bible Training School (in Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Fowler Friends Church, Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Faith Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton), Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), New Hope Friends Church (Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting), and Barclay College (Jackson Hall).

I am eager to join with you at 7:00 p.m. central time on July 11, 2016, the second Monday night in July, since the first Mondaynight is the Fourth of July. I assure you that you will learn from Larry many ways to build healthy families through sports and recreation. Hopefully, you will be able to log in at 6:50. Each month one person in the Institute shares a story, testimony, or something else about himself/herself.

I assure you that you will learn from Larry many ways to build healthy families through sports and recreation.

Grateful for your leadership and participation in the Institute,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, June 6 | Intergenerational Christian Education

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

davek-180x180Robyn Burns-Marko and her father, Al White, will bless us on June 6, 2016 when they share with us on the topic of Intergenerational Christian Education. Robyn Burns Marko is Pastor of Northshore, Texas Friends Church. Robyn is loved among Friends as a church leader with spiritual sensitivity and a clear vision for Christ’s Kingdom. Her gift in music is seen and heard in the beautiful music of her bell choirs. She holds the Master of Arts degree from the Houston Graduate School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University.

Al White has served as a pastor, written Christian education material for Aldersgate, managed the Friends Bookstore in Damascus, Ohio, and owned a Christian bookstore. He holds the Master of Arts degree from Wheaton College, the Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary, and the Doctor of Humane Letters from the Houston Graduate School of Theology.

We desire that Friends throughout our Yearly Meetings have opportunity to learn from our Institute teachers, so we offer these classes at various locations: Fowler Friends Church, Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Friends Community Church (Angleton), Lighthouse Community Fellowship (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Barclay College (Jackson Hall),  Faith Friends Church,  Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), North Newton at the home of Merl Kinser, and Sudanese Community Church (Omaha). If Monday evenings are not a good time for you or your church to participate in the Institute, you may watch the videos each month when your schedule allow. All class sessions are video recorded and uploaded to YouTube, thanks to Drew Davenport. Watch the video here.

This class is a marvelous opportunity to learn from two generations (father and daughter) about intergenerational Christian education. I encourage you to invite your church families and your Christian education workers to join us at 7:00 p.m.central time, on Monday, June 6, 2016 for a rich family, educational, and spiritual experience. After all, Jesus, in His Great Commission, instructs us to “. . . Go and make disciples of all nations . . . teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). I invite you, also, to log in at 6:50 for a time of fellowship, sharing, and becoming better acquainted with one another.

Looking forward to growing with you,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute | May 2, 2016

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

davek-180x180Dear Friends in the Leadership Institute,

We are very blessed that Tony Wheeler will teach our May 2 Institute class on the topic of “The Crucial Calling of Christians/Friends to Give Special Blessings to Each One in Our Family.” Blessing the family is the heart of family building – the title of our present Institute course.

Tony is Director of the Master of Arts in Family Ministries studies at Barclay College, where he is also Professor in undergraduate studies. He has a Ph.D. in Family Life Education and Consultation from Kansas State University.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Family Studies/Therapy from Friends University. Tony works with John Trent, who co-authored The Blessing with Gary Smalley. Tony is active in Haviland Friends Church, where you will frequently see him giving worship leadership. Tony comes to us with a deep commitment to help Friends build the healthiest possible families that are deeply rooted in Christ. Tony is married to Stacey, who is also a Professor at Barclay College, and they are proud parents and grandparents.

To make attendance of the Institute classes easy for you to attend, we offer them at several locations: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Friends Bible Training School in Alaska Yearly Meeting at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Fowler Friends Church, Barclay College (Jackson Hall), Faith Friends Church, North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence), and Neighborhood Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman). Other sites which have the technology to view the Institute sessions include: Booker Friends Church, Miami Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio), and Hesper Friends Church. Maybe you would like to hear the presentations at a different time. Drew Davenport makes available the videos of our Institute classes on YouTube, so that you can assemble a group at the time and location of your choice. Go here to view videos. In the past, Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church have offered these recorded sessions for groups at the times which meet their church schedules.

I can assure you that if you attend our class on Monday, May 2, you will be blessed immeasurably and learn from Tony new ways to bless your family. The time is 7:00 p.m., central time. However, if you care to participate in a time of fellowship, you may join us at 6:50. Each month, one person from among us shares a testimony or something else about himself/herself. Through this sharing we are becoming better acquainted personally.

May God’s richest blessings be overflowing to you and your family,

Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute