Disciples Women’s Ministries empowers each woman to find her voice and live out her call. Kansas Disciples Women (KDW) provides leadership and resources for all local Christian Women’s Fellowship and Disciples Women’s Fellowship groups.
KDW NEWS BYTES is the monthly newsletter geared towards Disciples women in the Kansas region. This free publication is emailed to all women who attend one of our SpiritFest or fall retreats. It is emailed to all women who have signed up for it or who attend one of our retreats or Spirit Fests. Contact Carla Pearson to be added to the mailing list.
Carla Pearson, Galva Christian Church, is the KDW Coordinator. A lifelong Disciple, Carla grew up in the McPherson First CC where her mother introduced her to Christian Women’s Fellowship. The KDW Coordinator in partnership with the cabinet president assists with the planning of regional retreats and events and keeps us connected with the happenings in the General Church through attendance at annual meetings and the Interregional event every 4 years.
Email Carla Pearson here.
KDW Cabinet is led by a team of elected officers and each officer is elected for a two-year term and may succeed herself once. Each of the five districts in the region sends two representatives. Other members of the cabinet include an ecumenical representative, a young women’s representative, a Church Women United representative, a communications coordinator, and Retreat and SpiritFest coordinators.
Heartland Interregional Conference
Heartland Interregional Conference, held every four years, brings together Disciples Women for fellowship, renewal, and worship. Disciples Women from Indiana, Illinois-Wisconsin, Upper Midwest,
Mid- American, Nebraska, Kansas, Greater Kansas City Regions along with members of NAPAD, Convention, and Convocation attend.
The 2022 conference has been canceled due to COVID concerns.
The next conference will be in 2026. Stay tuned for more details.
The Disciples Women Fall Retreat is offered in October at the regional campground, Disciples Center at Tawakoni, with a nationally known speaker. Both mid-week and weekend options are available. The retreats provide opportunities for workshops, service, fun and fellowship with women from across the region.
The 2022 fall retreats are scheduled for October 5-7 (midweek) and October 7-9 (weekend). **COVID-19 NOTE: We plan to meet in-person at the Disciples Center at Tawakoni in accordance with city, county, and state health advisories. If health authorities indicate it is not wise for gatherings of 50-90 people, we will cancel the event and refund registration fees.
Kansas Disciples Women’s Retreat 2022
October 5-7 & 7-9
Disciples Center at Tawakoni
|4:00 p.m.||Registration opens (Dining Hall)|
|5:00 p.m.||Book table opens (Dining Hall)|
|5:30-6:30 p.m.||Dinner (Dining Hall)|
|6:30-7:00 p.m.||Latecomer sandwiches (Dining Hall)|
|7:00 p.m.||Gathering music and singing (Chapel) Welcome / Introductions / Announcements Worship KEYNOTE – Pastor Christian Watkins|
|8:30 p.m.||Cabin fellowship following Worship/Keynote|
|7:30 a.m.||Sonrise service (at the fountain outside the Dining Hall; in case of inclement weather, inside the Dining Hall)|
|8:00 a.m.||Breakfast (Dining Hall)|
|8:45 a.m.||Gathering music (Dining Hall) Introductions / Announcements|
|10:00 a.m.||Break / Group photos|
|10:30 a.m.||Gathering music and singing (Chapel) Worship Keynote – Pastor Christian Watkins|
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch (Dining Hall)|
|1:00-5:30 p.m.||BEE-ing the Best You Self-Discovery Opportunities & Activities|
|5:30-6:00 p.m.||Personal time|
|6:00 p.m.||Dinner (Dining Hall)|
|6:30 p.m.||Book table closes|
|7:00 p.m.||Gathering music and singing (Chapel) Worship Keynote – Pastor Christian Watkins|
|8:30 p.m.||KDW CABINET Memorial Service(Chapel)|
|Upon rising – Morning meditation in program book, personal choice of location|
|8:00 a.m.||Cabin clean-up|
|8:30 a.m.||Breakfast (Dining Hall)|
|9:15 a.m.||Gathering music and singing (Chapel) Announcements Keynote – Pastor Christian Watkins WORSHIP / COMMUNION / OFFERING / COMMITMENT BLESSING|
|Approx. 11:45 a.m.||Sending Forth Traveling Mercies|
Spirit Fests are presented in wide-spread locations each spring to introduce the newest study materials and offer leadership training.
The KDW cabinet also administers a scholarship fund to assist women interested in attending the annual retreat — Helen Schwab Scholarship.
For 60 years, Disciple Women ministries have expressed their gratitude to God through the Blessing Box ministry. For those who participate, it is a spiritual discipline more than a financial one. It helps keep a focus on gratitude to God and on the responsibility to share blessings with others.
Kansas Christian Home
DWF groups across the region are supportive of Kansas Christian Home, providing crafts for the annual fall bazaar, and giving gifts to residents.
Human Trafficking Awareness
Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States, and in Kansas small towns and cities are not immune. Kansas Disciples Women are committed to breaking the chains of victims one link at a time. If you see suspicious activity, please call the hotline: 888-373-7888.