TC Wichita hosting April 24 seminar on entrepreneurship, ministry


Free one-day seminar launches new Tabor College Wichita master’s program

Tabor College news story

Tabor College Wichita, located at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita, 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 First Mennonite Brethren Church located at 8000 West 21st Street N in Wichita. The seminar 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 Wichita, wants several people to share their powerful, fresh ideas on how entrepreneurship can link to ministry.

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

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

  • Leonard Sweet (pictured top) is an American theologian, church historian and futurist.
  • Randy Friesen (pictured second) is currently serving as the executive director of MB Mission, the global mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren churches of North America.
  • Monica Epperson is the oo-founder and CEO of The Child of Divorce.
  • Bill Vann is a Wichita pastor, adjunct professor at Tabor College and serial entrepreneur.
  • Joe Skillen is a local pastor of Faith Community Church in Wichita and adjunct professor at Tabor College.

“God is up to something big and beautiful among the Mennonite Brethren in general and at Tabor College in particular,” says 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 Wichita’s upcoming online master of arts degree in entrepreneurial ministry leadership or (EML). This program will typically take students 21-months to complete and 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.

"Tabor College 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,” says Brett Andrews, vice president of Tabor College Wichita.

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

For more information about this event, contact Rick Bartlett at or Karen Bartlett at or call (316) 729-6333 Ext. 2210. To pre-register for seminar go to

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