Quad Presbytery to Host Mediation Skills Training

Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders will be presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center on May 23-27, 2016 at Calvin Crest Conference & Retreat Center, Fremont, Nebraska. A combination of lectures, discussion and guided practice in role plays, the training will look at the nature of conflict, guide participants in understanding their own style of response to conflict, and develop an understanding of mediation skills using Family Systems Theory and Church Conflict. The training is sponsored by the Quad Presbyterian Consortium.

MSTI Brochure and Registration Form


Sharon Rees Receives Apollos Distinguished Award Scholarship

Sharon ReesThe Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation announced Sharon Rees, Presbytery of Central Nebraska Inquirer and member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kearney, as a recipient of the Apollos Scholarship for this year.  

The Foundation has provided support to seminarians since 1954 and has awarded more than $3.9 million directly to students. This scholarship will provide seminary students who are pursuing a Master of Divinity degree and seeking to become ordained pastors in the Presbyterian Church (USA) financial assistance.

The Presbytery of Central Nebraska congratulates Sharon on being selected.


Congratulations Rose Miller!

Rose MillerThe Presbytery of Central Nebraska would like to congratulate Rose Miller, Office Administrator at the First Presbyterian Church of Kearney.

Rose was elected and installed as the National Administrative Personnel Association Treasurer during the national business meeting on September 11th in St. Louis, MO. 

Presbytery of Central Nebraska Announces Officer Training

Chuck Traylor will lead officer training workshops for candidates for the office of Deacon and Ruling Elder from all churches in the Presbytery at three different locations around the Presbytery. The dates for these training events are:

November 14, 2015 Aurora Presbyterian/UCC 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
November 21, 2015 First Presbyterian – Holdrege 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
January 9, 2106 First Presbyterian – North Platte 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The title of the program is “Being Presbyterian, Or, How to be ‘Reformed’ and ‘Always Being Reformed’ in an Ever-changing World.”

There is no charge for these events. The hosting churches will provide lunch for participants. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to make a love offering to the church in appreciation for the lunch.

Please  make reservations to the host churches. Contact the following folks to let them know you will be attending:

The Rev. Bruce Bradley – Aurora (402) 694-2254 [email protected]
The Rev. Dr. Kirwin Stewart – Holdrege (308) 995-4068 [email protected]
The Rev. Polly Deppen-Williams – North Platte (308) 532-1083 [email protected]

For more information please read the September 1st  Chatting with Chuck .

Now Taking DREAM Grant Applications

What is a DREAM grant?

DREAM(Developmental, Risky, Experimental, Adaptive Mission) grant applications are available through the General Assembly available in 2015 and 2016 to facilitate new ministries (not new worshipping communities—that is a separate program). One-time grants of up to $10,000 are available. Applicants can be churches or mid-councils. Applications need to be at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies office by November 15, 2015.

2015 Second Cycle DREAM Grant Application

2015 Second Cycle Letter 

For more information please contact:

 Jay Wilkinson, Stated Clerk/Treasurer
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122-3327
651-357-1145 Direct       800-328-1880, ext. 205
[email protected]