September 26 – 28, 2018

Special Access for Church of the Resurrection Members

Join clergy, church staff & volunteers from churches across the nation who have a passion for developing as leaders, making disciples of Jesus Christ & strengthening the local church.

Resurrection Member Track

Of the 25,000+ leaders who have attended Leadership Institute over the last 20 years, 66% are laity. As we continue to be committed to growing as a church, we are also committed to equipping, strengthening and inspiring Resurrection’s own lay leaders. Leadership Institute provides valuable leadership development content for all levels of leaders within the church.

Whether you lead a Bible study, serve as a CCM, help as an usher, stuff bulletins, sort clothing with our Mission team, volunteer in KiDSCOR or have just been considering getting involved as a volunteer in any area of the church, you will learn something valuable to equip and inspire you in your leadership. This is a high-quality leadership conference right at our own Leawood Campus – no travel and only a limited commitment of time is necessary – with great benefits!

Leaders with fresh ideas, renewed focus and a rekindled hope for the future can unleash the potential of our church and community.

The Leadership Institute Experience


Equip yourself and your ministry team with practical ministry ideas.


General Session Speakers sharing the newest leadership growth strategies to help maximize your leadership impact


2 workshops with useful and feasible take-aways to apply to your own ministry setting


Build up Church of the Resurrection by renewing leaders and reinforcing the church’s vision.


Maximize your impact as an effective leader and a strong leadership team


Discover God’s clear purpose for your call to ministry and leadership to fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world


Come away recommitted, passionate and confident for the future of doing ministry at Church of the Resurrection.


Experience vibrant worship, prayer and encouragement to help you find hope, meaning and purpose as a Christ-follower and a leader


Connection and fellowship with peers from a variety of ministry contexts across the country

Come away from Leadership Institute with renewed confidence, rekindled faithfulness, creative ideas and a fresh assurance of your ability to thrive as a leader.

Day One


September 26

Leadership Institute

5:45 – 6:45 pm

Registration in Building B

6:45 – 8:30 pm

Opening Worship and General Session 1: Adam Hamilton

Day Two


September 27

Leadership Institute

9:00 – 10:15 am

Workshop 1: Evangelism: Living a Life that Preaches

10:15 – 10:45 am


10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop 2: The Power of Radical Hospitality

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:15 – 2:45 pm

General Session 2: Bishop Robert Schnase | Debi Nixon & Yvonne Gentile

2:45 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:45 pm

General Session 3: Bob Roberts | Barb Roose

4:45 – 7:00 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Optional Activity

7:00 – 8:30 pm

The Future of the United Methodist Church

Day Three


September 28

Leadership Institute

9:00 – 10:15 am

General Session 4: John Ed Mathison

10:15 – 10:45 am


10:45 – 12:30 pm

General Session 5: Adam Hamilton

General Sessions

Leadership Institute 2018 features General Sessions led by innovative, nationally-recognized speakers and developed with a focus on practical ministry tools, leadership growth strategies and inspired vision for ministry.

Adam Hamilton

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General Sessions 1 & 5

Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:45 pm Friday, Sept. 28, 10:45 am

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will lead two General Sessions. Join us for a look at Peter – a flawed disciple whom Christ nevertheless used – to more fully understand that, in spite of our flaws and failings, we are continually molded and shaped, empowered and equipped to become the people, the leaders, God redeemed us to be. We are the hands and feet of Christ, fulfilling God’s mission in our time.

General Session 2

Turning Our Practices Inside Out

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:15 pm

In the first half of General Session 2, Bishop Schnase will address the following question: What might happen if we church leaders approached our neighborhoods in a new way, with a deliberate outward focus, and a willingness to carry Christ’s love to where people already live, work, and play, rather than hoping for people to come to us? In this inspiring session, learn to lead in a new direction—from the inside out. Bishop Robert Schnase shares real-life stories of leaders and congregations who are creating innovative ministry outside the church, in their communities. These stories demonstrate how to balance come to us tactics with go to them initiatives. How strategies for doing things better are strengthened with ideas for doing things differently. How doing ministry for becomes doing ministry with. How to welcome the guest, and become the guest among others. These stories and lessons will ignite your creativity, and will equip you with practical ideas to adapt and implement in your own community.

Debi Nixon

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Yvonne Gentile

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General Session 2

First Impressions

Thursday, Sept. 27, 1:55 pm

What’s the first impression guests have about your church? The first impression occurs before the service begins—before the opening song, before the reading of Scripture, and before the sermon. First impressions happen as a guest encounters your website, pulls into your parking lot, arrives at your front door, enters your children’s area, and takes in your Narthex.

Based on your guests’ first impressions, are you giving them a reason to return? In the second portion of General Session 2, let’s talk about why first impressions matter, how it must be a value lived out in all ministries of the church, and how creating excellent first impressions will positively affect your church’s impact.

General Session 3

Fostering Relationships Between Faith Groups

Thursday, Sept. 27, 3:00 pm

At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, faith groups can play an important role in promoting constructive dialogue across the divides that have emerged, with the goal of uniting Americans through community-based volunteer work. My Neighbor’s Keeper is an initiative that aims to foster relationships between faith groups and then engage them in building neighborhoods and cities that are more interconnected and resilient to hate and violence. Pastor Bob Roberts will share about this organization and his determination to take multi-faith dialogue to the next level by harnessing the power of neighbors and community members to engage in cooperative efforts that address community needs.

Bob Roberts

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Barb Roose

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Session 3

Winning the Worry Battle

Thursday, Sept. 27, 3:45 pm

Every season in a leader’s life comes with fears, uncertainties, and change. How we embrace those uncertainties and changes in our leadership seasons often determines the level of success or struggle we will experience within that leadership role. The life of Joshua, who began as a soldier and assistant before becoming the leader of the Israelite people, teaches us that every leader must learn, grow, and leave—because that is what leaders do. Barb Roose will lead us in exploring these three transitions within every leadership season to help us discover how we can survive and thrive as leaders whether we are facing an ending, muddling through the messy middle, or launching into a new beginning.

General Session 4

Coping Creatively with Change

Friday, Sept. 28, 9:00 am

Change can be an obstacle or an opportunity. Change can be intimidating, full of fear and distrust, or it can be channeled in a positive way to bring good results. How we handle change is a choice – it can become a friend or a foe.

John Ed Mathison

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A special workshop track is planned just for Church of the Resurrection members. Two Thursday morning workshops are included in your registration:

Breakout 1: Thursday, September 27 9:00-10:15am

Evangelism: Living a Life that Preaches

Presenter: Scott Chrostek

Resurrection Downtown launched with a collection of individuals who took it upon themselves to meet people (as many people possible) wherever they were and invite them to join us on a journey of knowing, loving and serving God. How can church leaders invite others into the practice of relational evangelism? It begins when we commit to living a life that preaches.

This workshop will focus on the power and importance of personal evangelism and how to invite others to come and see, or go and do likewise.

Breakout 2: Thursday, September 27 10:45am-12:00pm

The Power of Radical Hospitality

Presenters: Yvonne Gentile & Melanie Hill

Engaging worship is important, but what compels guests to return to Resurrection is the warmth of our welcome and hospitality that goes beyond their expectations.   This workshop will share tips and tools to help you positively impact lives through offering personal radical hospitality.


Leadership Institute Registration


Special Pricing for Church of the Resurrection Members

Resurrection Price: $49

Leadership Institute isn’t just a personal development tool for you. Be the hands and feet of Christ by serving as a Resurrection ambassador for other church leaders attending:

Extend Radical Hospitality, Engage in Conversation, and… Serve as a Volunteer!

You can register to participate and still serve as a volunteer! Sign up to Usher at the General Sessions or for any portion of the Pre-Institute Wednesday (Sept. 27) and you won’t miss out on any content. Sign up for Conference Materials Distribution, as a Greeter, a Direction Host, a Break Host or Lunch Host and still get in on most of each session.