Disciples Center

 Disciples Center at Tawakoni

Welcome all people with the love of Jesus
Help them encounter God through nature, solitude and Christian community
Send them out to serve the world in love




About the Disciples Center

Owned and operated by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kansas, the Disciples Center at Tawakoni provides a beautiful natural setting for retreats, meetings, family reunions, and special events.

Ideal for:
• Family Reunions
• Church Retreats
• Youth Trips
Weddings & Receptions
• Personal Spiritual Retreats
• Day & Civic Group meetings
• Education Groups
• Quilting Groups

Our year round facilities host a variety of groups for overnight and day events. All facilities are air conditioned and handicap accessible. Our outdoor facilities include outdoor pool, three outdoor fire pits, outdoor chapel area, lake access, and high and low ropes challenge course.

The 173-acre camp was purchased from the Boy Scouts in 2004 after extensive research and planning by a team of church members representing broad perspectives and several communities. The Disciples Center is located between Andover and Augusta, about 1.5 miles north of Hwy 54/400, and is easily accessible from all directions.

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• Overnight accommodations
     • Leadership Lodge
     • Cabins 1, 2, & 4
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• Outdoor recreation areas
     • Challenge Course – high and low ropes
     • Outdoor Pool – Summer only
     • Prayer Labyrinth and Walk
     • 3 Campfire Circles
     • Chapel Pavilion
     • Children’s Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, & Disc Golf
     • Game Pavillion

• Meeting Rooms and Other Facilities
     •Dinning Hall
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Chapel Columbarium & Scattering of Ashes

The Church ministers to people throughout their lives, especially at turning points such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death. Therefore, the Church has always sought to bury the dead reverently, in consecrated places. With population density increasing and less land available for cemeteries, cremation is becoming more popular. In response, churches have established facilities for the respectful safekeeping of cremated remains. This space is called a Columbarium, from the Latin for “dovecote,” columba; the dove is a symbol of God’s Spirit and of peace.

The Columbarium at Disciples Center at Tawakoni was entrusted to us from First Christian Church in Wichita when that congregation closed its visible ministry. It is a fitting place for the safekeeping of cremains, especially for those who learned of the love of God through church camp or in other outdoor ministries of the regional church, for those whose life in the church has involved a number of congregations, and for those whose spiritual lives are nurtured in the experience of God’s natural world.

In addition to internment, ashes may be scattered in specified areas of the grounds with memorialization of those whose ashes are scattered here. Names, with dates of birth and death, are engraved on a plaque in the Columbarium.

The Columbarium is the responsibility of the Christian Church in Kansas, administered through the office at Disciples Center at Tawakoni. The Columbarium is in the Chapel prayer room.

More information can be found in our columbarium brochure or by calling the Disciples Center Administration Office.

Reservation Information

Rental fees and facility availability are available upon request. The facilities are arranged to serve more than one group simultaneously. Meals can be prepared by groups or provided by camp staff. Additional costs will apply.

Email camp office for cost and availability.