‘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

Leadership Institute, April 4 | Derek Brown – Diamonds of Spiritual Counsel

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

davek-180x180Treasured Friends in the Leadership Institute,

I write to you in anticipation of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our hearts are filled with sorrow in the indescribable suffering of our Lord, but overflowing with joy in the victory of our Savior’s resurrection. With these mixed emotions, we express praise and gratitude to our Living God. We also give thanks for one another in our cherished Institute family and our opportunity to grow in our knowledge and to strengthen our leadership gifts.

In our Institute class on April 4, Derek Brown will lead our class on the subject of “Friends Classics” – major classical writings of Friends through the centuries. In the history of Christian devotional literature, many Friends writings are considered classics and have been published and re-published many times. Derek Brown, who is studying the Quaker classics as part of his Ph.D. studies, is eager to share with us diamonds of spiritual counsel from our prominent Friends, who lived at different periods in Friends history. 

Derek is Chaplain and Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department at Barclay College. As Professor, he teaches undergraduate courses in Bible, Theology, and Pastoral Ministry. He is also a Professor in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry studies. 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 is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree at Johnson University. Derek’s doctoral studies are in Friends beliefs and church practices, particularly in the Evangelical Friends Church. His dissertation will be a significant resource for 21st-century Friends. Derek is married to Jessica Huffman, who was also an excellent student in my Teachings of Friends class. She is the great-niece of Max Huffman. Many Friends remember Max Huffman as past Director of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s Missions Ministries. Max 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.

Our hope is to make Derek’s class available to Friends wherever you are, so we will offer this class, as we do each class, at the following places: 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), Faith Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton),  and Barclay College (Jackson Hall). YouTube videos of the Institute sessions in the past were viewed at Pratt Friends Church and Vancouver Friends Church. Other sites where the Institute has been held, and where the technology for viewing is available, include: Miami Friends Church, Booker Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Hesper Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio). You can view the class on YouTube here.

Friends have logged in and viewed classes from as far away as Africa and Asia.

It has been suggested that the Leadership Institute monthly classes provide wonderful opportunities to build community among Friends in our various churches. Perhaps one person each month could share for ten minutes a testimony or something about himself/herself. Let’s try it. I will be ready at 6:50 p.m. central time if you want to log in then. The presentation will start at 7:00 p.m. as usual. I hope you will share in fellowship with Derek Brown and others in our Institute family on Monday, April 4, 2016, when we will be glorifying God for the risen Christ.

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute, March 7 | Kevin Mortimer to Discuss Friends Beliefs

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

davek-180x180Dear Friends in the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry,

We are very blessed to have Kevin Mortimer as our teacher at the Leadership Institute on March 7. His topic will be “Friends Beliefs in the Teachings of Robert Barclay.” Robert Barclay, in his Apology, was the first Friend to write systematically about Friends beliefs. Kevin Mortimer, who is doing his Ph.D. studies in the beliefs of Robert Barclay, is well prepared to share with us Barclay’s clear articulation of our historic Friends beliefs.

Kevin was born into the Valton, Wisconsin Friends Church, in Iowa Yearly Meeting. He earned the B.A. degree from Barclay College and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Friends University. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Birmingham and is writing his dissertation on the beliefs of Robert Barclay. He was recorded as a Friends Minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting (EFC-MAYM). He has served as Youth Pastor in Northridge Friends Church and Pastor of Langham Creek Friends Church, EFC-MAYM, and Middle River Friends Church, Iowa Yearly Meeting. He has also served as General Superintendent of Iowa Yearly Meeting, during which time he was on the General Board of Friends United Meeting. He is currently Chair of the Missions Department at Barclay College, where, as Professor, he teaches courses in Missions, Bible, and Theology. He has also taught in the Barclay College Master of Arts studies. Kevin is married to Gayle, and they have two lovely daughters.

We want Friends to have easy access to our Institute classes, so we offer them at several locations in Yearly Meetings, both in Evangelical Friends Church International and Friends United Meeting. We currently have sites at: 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), and Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence).  Other sites where the Institute has been held, and where the technology for viewing is available, include: Miami Friends Church, Booker Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Hesper Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio). Maybe you would like to hear the presentations at a different time. You may prefer to gather a group together at the time and location of your choice and view video recorded sessions on YouTube HERE. We thank Drew Davenport, who uploads the videos each month. Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church have used the video recorded sessions for their churches in the past.

Whether you are new to the Friends Church or have spent your life among Friends, you will want to hear what Kevin Mortimer has to share about our Friends faith on Monday evening, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. central time.

Eagerly looking forward to our fellowship together,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute | Feburary 1

Friday, January 15th, 2016

davek-180x180Dear Institute Friends,

I am pleased to share with you the good news that we have a great line-up of teachers in the Leadership Institute during the forthcoming months. David Robinson will teach the opening class, February 1, in the course, “Friends Faith and Practice.”  Kevin Mortimer will speak on the topic, “Friends Beliefs in the Teachings of Robert Barclay” on March 7, and Derek Brown will teach on “Friends Classics” – major classical writings of Friends through the centuries, on April 4.

David Robinson’s class will focus on the Formation and Development of Evangelical Friends in the 20th and 21st– centuries. David has been a central figure in the making of Evangelical Friends history and can tell the story of our development from the inside.

David Robinson is the son of John and Betty Robinson, who were Quaker pastors in Kansas Yearly Meeting, where John later became Superintendent.  David is a graduate of Barclay College. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Houston Graduate School of Theology.  He was recorded as a Friends Minister in Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting. David has served as pastor of Coldwater, Kansas Friends Church, Bayshore, Texas Friends Church, Center Friends Church in North Carolina Yearly Meeting, and Haviland Friends Church. With pronounced leadership gifts in 32 years of Friends pastoral ministry, David served as President of the Houston Graduate School of Theology. We know David most recently in his visionary leadership as General Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church-Mid America Yearly Meeting. Upon retiring from his service as Superintendent, David has entered new ministries, important among which is serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Barclay College and writing for Barclay Press. David is married to Jan, and they have two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  How grateful we are to have David, with his experience, commitment, talent, and love for Friends, to be our teacher!

We attempt to make the Institute accessible to Friends anywhere in the world, and now that Drew Davenport uploads the video recorded sessions to YouTube, Friends in any continent can learn from our Institute teachers. If you find it difficult to attend on the evening the Institute is offered, you can view the class at the time most convenient to you. If you have difficulty attending at one of the established Institute sites, you can gather a group in your home or church building and join us live or view the video at the time that is best for you, as they have done in the past at Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church. Video link here.

Established locations are: Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Fowler Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton), Faith Friends Church, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), 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 Lawrence). Other sites where the technology is available to view the classes include: Miami Friends Church, Booker Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Hesper Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio).

If you want to be taught by one who has given significant leadership among Evangelical Friends all of his adult life and has helped to form its history, you will want to attend Monday, February 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. central time.

Looking forward to seeing you,

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Leadership Institute | January 2016

Friday, December 11th, 2015

davek-180x180When we meet next in the Leadership Institute, we will have entered a new year, with God-given fresh opportunities for learning and growing. One of these opportunities is the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry. This is also the season for celebrating the coming of the Magi with their gifts for the Christ Child. While we thank God for the supreme gift of our Savior, may we also give thanks for the gift of our Institute. On January 4, 2016, we will be blessed as David Williams, and possibly other Friends, will teach us in the third class in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction. The theme is “Spiritual Discernment: Minding the Compass of Christ.” David is committed to help us in our own walk with God, while we guide others in their discernment of the leading of Christ in their lives. We in the Institute know and love David as our Institute teacher over the past decade. He is both our teacher and spiritual mentor.

We desire that as many Friends as possible share in our Institute classes, so we offer them at multiple locations: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Noatak, Alaska (Robert Sheldon, Superintendent), Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, 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 Northwest Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman). Other sites which have the technology to see 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. Thanks to Drew Davenport, who makes available the videos of our Institute classes on YouTube, you can assemble a group at the time and location of your choice. Click here to view and choose the desired video. Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church have, in fact, offered these recorded sessions for groups at the times which meet their church schedules.

I am very hopeful that as we start the new year we will be faithful in our attendance at the Institute meetings, starting with our class January 4, 2016, at 7:00 central time.

Praying that your New Year will be filled with the joy and blessings of God,

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

 

 

Leadership Institute, Dec 7 | Colin & Janine Saxton to Speak on Spiritual Formation

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

davek-180x180Dear Friends in the Leadership Institute,

We will be in the Advent season when we meet for our Institute class on December 7. Our minds and hearts will be focused on the most stupendous event in all the world’s civilizations, the Incarnation of God in the person of Jesus Christ. This is also a season when we need to recommit ourselves to a deepened life with Christ. Colin and Janine Saxton will guide us in our deeper Christian journey as they teach on “Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.” They will be speaking from their rich experiences of working with Friends in many nations of the world.

Colin is General Secretary of Friends United Meeting and is bringing remarkable unity among Friends around the world. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox University. His recording as a Friends minister is from Northwest Yearly Meeting, where he was Superintendent. Janine is completing the Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation at Barclay College. She is very involved in a spiritual formation group in Richmond, Indiana, where she and Colin live. About walking spiritually with others Janine says, “I love to journey with people.” Janine is a writer for Barclay Press, and she is called to the ministry of building Friends community and cross-cultural relationships. Colin and Janine love the Friends Church and earlier served as a pastoral couple in North Valley Friends Church. They are the loving parents of four beautiful adult children: Hannah, Ellie, Amy, and Sam.

One of our goals in the Institute is to build fellowship and close connections among Friends. In fact, the Leadership Institute includes Friends from more than 70 Friends Churches, and they represent several Yearly Meetings in different continents. Remarkable! We would like for you to find the location that best fits your travel and time needs, and I am eager to help you start a group in the area that is most convenient to you. If the time is not right for live streaming, you can view the video-recorded sessions here as the Pratt Friends Church and Vancouver Friends Church have done in the past.

Several other Friends across the country view the videos in their homes. We have the following sites where you may want to attend on the first Monday night of each month: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Fowler Friends Church, Faith Friends Church, Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Lighthouse Fellowship Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting (at the home of David Miller), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Barclay College (Jackson Hall), North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Northwest Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), and Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence). Other sites where the technology is available to view the classes include: Miami Friends Church, Booker Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Hesper Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio).

We anticipate a most promising Institute class, and I hope you will invite your Friends to grow spiritually with you when we meetDecember 7, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. central time, 6:00 p.m. mountain time.

May God’s blessings be upon us in this beautiful time of awaiting the birth of our Savior,

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

The Williams to Co-Lead Leadership Institute | November 2

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

davek-180x180Dear Institute Friends,

I am excited to announce that David and Carol Williams will be our first teachers in the forthcoming course, Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.  David and Carol will co-lead the class November 2, and they will give emphasis to the family as the primary arena for spiritual formation and discipleship. Their topic will be “Lasting Impressions: Recapturing the Power of A Formational Family,” based on the shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Our class will be in the month of Thanksgiving, so as we give thanks for God’s immeasurable blessings, may we remember the wonderful blessing of each one in our Church Leadership Institute, and the leadership of David and Carol Williams.

David and Carol have been partners in full-time Christian service and Friends Pastoral Ministry throughout their more than three decades of marriage. Now they are serving together in the ministry of Evangelical Friends Church – Mid America Yearly Meeting, where David is General Superintendent (or “Lead Pastor,” as he calls himself). David is also Adjunct Professor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation at Barclay College. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. David and Carol have been my encouragers in the ministry and models for teaching and ministering at Barclay College and in the Friends Church. They are the loving parents of six beautiful children (Josiah, Sarah, Jeremiah, Hannah, Jessie, and Jasmine), and they have six precious grandchildren (Isaiah, Noah, Isabel, Abigail, Lincoln, and Lydia). We also remember David as our first teacher in the Institute, when we expanded beyond South Texas, and he has taught numerous times in the Institute over the past eleven years.

I hope that you will be able to be present at our meeting and that you will encourage others in your church to attend. If the time is not good for you, I encourage you to view the video recorded session on YouTube here. You may want to gather other Friends in your area to see it as well. In the past, Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church have taken advantage of the recorded videos for their classes.

The sites now available that will be viewing the class live are: Friends Bible Training School (Alaska Yearly Meeting) at the home of David Miller, Bangor Liberty Friends Church, Lighthouse Friends Church (at the home of Jerry and Mary Louthan), Fowler Friends Church, Friends Community Church (Angleton), Faith Friends Church, Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Barclay College (Jackson Hall), North Newton (at the home of Merl and Eunice Kinser), Northwest Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman), and Arkansas City Friends Church (at the home of Bud Lawrence). Technology is available for live streaming at Miami Friends Church, Booker Friends Church, Chandler Friends Church, Hesper Friends Church, Sudanese Community Church (Omaha), and Iglesia Amigos (San Antonio).

I am very much looking forward to this marvelous opportunity for learning and growing together. The class will meet on November 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. central time.

With thanksgiving to God,

-Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute

Adrian Halverstadt & Jim LeShana to be co-teachers in the forthcoming course on Church Leadership and Administration

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

davek-180x180Dear Friends in the Institute,

We have good news for all of us in the Church Leadership Institute. We will begin a new course on Church Leadership and Administration. We know that strong churches depend upon strong leaders. And we have strong teachers to share with us their knowledge and experiences in giving strong leadership in the Friends churches they have served as pastors: Adrian Halverstadt, Chancellor/Professor at Barclay College, and Jim LeShana, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Barclay College. Adrian will be our teacher on August 3. Jim will teach us on September 14 (the Second Monday of September, since Labor Day is the first Monday). Both Adrian and Jim will be in dialogue with each other as they co-teach the October 5 class.

Adrian Halverstadt, our teacher on August 3, is my personal friend and colleague at Barclay College. Adrian holds the positions of Chancellor and Director of the Online Studies. He is also Professor in the fields of Bible, Ministry, Theology, and Leadership. Serving the wider Friends Church, he is Leadership Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting. He is a Recorded Friends Minister in Evangelical Friends Church – Eastern Region, with 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 system theory, from Trinity/University of Liverpool. Before coming to Barclay College, Adrian was more recently 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 five 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!”

I will give a biographical sketch of Jim LeShana in my August letter, in preparation for his teaching in September.

To make attendance at the Institute classes easy for you, we offer them at several locations: Friends Community Church (Angleton), Friends Ministry Center (Wichita), Lighthouse Friends 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 and Pauline Lawrence), and Northwest Friends Church (at the home of Tom and Bonnie Bousman). Other sites which have the technology to participate in the live 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. We extend gratitude to Drew Davenport who 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. In order to view them, go here and click on the desired video. Churches which have viewed the video recordings for group discussions at times more convenient than Monday evenings include: Vancouver Friends Church and Pratt Friends Church.

I hope you will encourage everyone who is interested in strong leadership in your church to attend these classes on Church Leadership and Administration, beginning August 3, 2015  at 7:00 p.m. central time, 6:00 p.m.mountain time with Adrian Halverstadt as our teacher.

With a desire for strong church leaders,

– Dave Kingrey, Director of Leadership Institute