Tabor College in Wichita hosting seminar April 24

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College in Wichita, located at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita, Kan., is hosting a free informational seminar about how faith in God corresponds with human need. This event will be held on April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the First Mennonite Brethren Church located at 8000 West 21st Street N in Wichita. It is free and open to the public.

As society encounters more family, social and economic challenges than the church and non-profit organizations can manage, many needs are going unmet. In order to address the increasing societal pressures, Rick Bartlett, Director of Theological Education at Tabor College in Wichita, wants several people to share their powerful, fresh ideas on how entrepreneurship can link to ministry.

Bartlett defines entrepreneur as a “see a need, fill a need” philosophy.

The day will consist of six impactful 18-minute presentations from several different speakers:

Leonard Sweet is an international speaker, American theologian, church historian and futurist.

Joe Skillen is a local pastor of Faith Community Church in Wichita and adjunct professor.

Randy Friesen is currently serving as the Executive Director of Mennonite Brethren Mission, the global mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren churches of North America.

Monica Epperson is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Child of Divorce.

Bill Vann is a Wichita pastor, adjunct professor and serial entrepreneur.

“God is up to something big and beautiful among the Mennonite Brethren in general and at Tabor College in particular,” said Sweet. “I can’t wait to be a part of the excitement of what God is already doing in and through them.”

This free event will also serve as a preliminary launch of Tabor College in Wichita’s upcoming online master of arts degree in entrepreneurial ministry leadership or EML degree.

This program will typically take students 21-months to complete and it is designed to help individuals achieve ministry training and education in a specific area of study.

The program incorporates an international trip for cross-cultural experience and exposure, as well as an entrepreneurial final project in a local context.

“Tabor College in Wichita is delighted to host what is sure to be a foundational event that celebrates people who have dedicated their lives to living out their faith by serving the needs of others,” said Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita.

This will be an amazing opportunity to engage with leaders in the field of entrepreneurial ministry to see how individuals can change the world.

Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served during the morning session.

For more information about this event and to register, contact Rick Bartlett at or call (316) 729-6333 Ext. 2210.