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The 58th Annual
Summer Pastors’ School

Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska



Wednesday, July 9 - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
2014 Summer Pastors' School Brochure

Butterfly and flowers


Dr. Mary Louise Bringle

Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Brevard Collage, Brevard, North Carolina

Chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song
Presentation Theme:  Deadly Sins and Lively Virtues
Discussion Theme:  The Birth of a Hymnal
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An Interview with Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle

The Reverend Dr. Philip W. Butin

Co-Pastor, First United Presbyterian Church
FayetteVille, Arkansas
Former President of San Francisco Theological Seminary
Theme: To Glorify and Enjoy God:
Spiritual Practices for Deepening Our Faith and Service

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The Reverend Dr. Daniel G. Deffenbaugh
Professor of Religion
Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
Theme: The Groaning and Greening of the Church:
Responding in Faith to Our Ecological Embarrassments

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The Reverend David B. McCarthy, PhD
Professor of Religion
Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska
Theme:  A Hopeful Church for a PilgrimPeople
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Director and Adjunct Faculty

2014 Summer Pastors' School Brochure

2014 Summer Pastors' School Application Information





“This is the one and only week in the year when I can relax and learn and refresh myself. I totally leave everything at home. I meet wonderful people from other presbyteries. Without this School, I’d be lost.” – Ms. Sandy Bach, CRE, Cleveland, Oklahoma  

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  • Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle
  • Mel Bringle Interview Video
  • Philip W Butin
  • Daniel Deffenbaugh
  • David B. McCarthy
  • Director and Adjunct Faculty
  • When and Where
    The 58th School for Pastors will be held on July 9-16, 2014 at Hastings College.
  • 2014 Brochure
  • Eligilibility
    Teaching Elders currently serving the Presbyterian Church (USA) in some capacity in one of these states: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs - formerly CLPs) serving a Presbyterian congregation in these states are also encouraged to register.
  • Selection
    Teaching Elders who have not previously attended receive priority for scholarships. Other participants are awarded according to a ranking based on their last year of attendance. Priority is given to pastors in active service.
  • Spouses
    Accommodations will be provided for couples only where both husband and wife are serving the Presbyterian Church (USA) and both applications are accepted.
  • Participant Travel
    Travel costs are the responsibilities of each participant. Limited travel grants are available to participants from outlying states upon written request.
  • Application
    Application's recommended submission in as soon as possible before March 31st.
  • Summer School Photos
    School for Pastors 2013 Photos
  • Summer School Testimonials
    School for Pastors 2013 Testimonials

       "All right Gary, you done a Good Job, Good Job!
per Reverend Dr. Jerry L. Cannon
2013 School for Pastors





Sept. 6
Grow Your Ministry Workshop
Organized by First Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS. Held at Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita. Whether you’re a layperson or on staff, there’s something for everyone. This is a great opportunity for you to grow in your faith. Please see
flyer for full information.
2015 Events


 Winter Pastors' School
Feb. 2 - Feb. 5
Hastings College


Hastings Chapel



Heartland  Lectures

2015 Date TBD

Kansas City, MO 


Heartland Center 



Nelson Lecture

2015 Date TBD

Thompson Alumni Center, UNO

Omaha, NE 


  Thompson Alumni Center


Summer Pastors' School

2015 Date TBD

Hastings College

Hastings, NE


  Hastings Hazelrigg

Church Administration Institute

 2015 Date TBD