At the center of the nation’s heartland sits Kansas and The Kansas Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Though most people imagine little more than wheat fields when they think of us, our topography is as varied as the state is broad, encompassing wide-open prairies, rolling hills, and the largest remaining grassland area [the scenic Flint Hills] in the U.S.
Our 92 congregations, including 2 congregations in formation, are spread from Goodland to Atchison, Ulysses to Baxter Springs, and encompass nearly every county except those in the Greater Kansas City Region. The faithfulness and generosity of Kansas’ Disciples consistently place the Region among the top eight regions in terms of Disciples Mission Fund giving. The average worship attendance for all reporting Kansas congregations in 2010 was 7,703 with 14,202 participating members. There are currently 187 ministers with Standing in the Kansas Region.
The current ministerial leadership for the Kansas Region comes from a Regional Minister, Deputy Regional Minister, two Associate Regional Ministers, and two part-time contract staff members. The side bar on this page takes you to their individual biographical pages. The regional church staff operates out of three offices: Topeka, Augusta (near Wichita), and Great Bend.
A Regional Assembly takes place in the fall of even-numbered years. The regional church maintains one campground, Disciples Center at Tawakoni, between Augusta and Wichita, which houses our South Central Satellite office and has its own operating budget. A Youth Convention, held in odd-numbered years, attracted 429 youth and sponsors in 2011; the youth also are an integral part of the Regional Assembly in even-numbered years.
The Region directly relates to Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK, Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, CO, and Kansas Christian Home in Newton, KS. Kansas Disciples consistently have responded with monetary support to Week of Compassion and with mission teams to areas throughout the world following natural disasters.
In short, the Kansas Region is a great place to live, worship and do ministry together!