Richard Clark Chosen as Visiting Scholar at Institute for Discipleship

Winfield, Kansas, May 7, 2024 – Richard E. Clark has joined the Southwestern College faculty as a Visiting Scholar of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).  Each academic year the Institute for Discipleship provides a $20,000 fellowship and housing to a new or near-completion Ph.D. candidate in religion. Clark will spend the next two years at the Winfield, Kansas, college as he completes his doctorate in theology at the University of Manchester. His on-campus duties will include teaching undergraduate courses, participating with the faculty in the Division of Social Sciences, and engaging in an…continue reading →

New Course Focuses on Racial Reconciliation

Rev. Andrew Finch, who pastors three United Methodist congregations in Omaha, will lead an online course focusing on racial reconciliation in the church. The class will be held May 6-31 and is open to all persons looking for biblical, theological, and practical ways to support diversity in the church and racial reconciliation within the church.  The four-week event is offered at, and will include optional Zoom meetings as well as discussion and interaction on Blackboard academic software.   Finch is an ordained elder in the Great Plains Conference and has served in the…continue reading →

Certification Cohorts Forming at

Nov. 15, 2023 — New certification cohorts are forming at the Institute for Discipleship, as 10 programs prepare to begin on Jan. 15, 2024. Offered completely online through, areas of specialization include Christian education, church administration, evangelism, grief care, ministry with people with disabilities, rural ministry, spiritual formation, women’s ministries, youth ministry, and young adult ministry.   Designed for clergy and laity alike, these programs provide a Biblical, theological, and practical foundation for ministry in key areas for today’s churches and communities. is part of the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for…continue reading →