Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection brings together clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a passion for renewing churches.

Thank you for attending Leadership Institute 2016! Resources for 2016 can be found on the Workshops page under each specific workshop.

Save the Date for Leadership Institute 2017:  September 27-29, 2017. 
Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Information about Leadership Institute 2017 will be available in May 2017.  Use the information posted here about the 2016 conference as a guide as you make initial plans to attend 2017.  Contact us at with questions about the event.

Lean in to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by investing in your leadership and leaders of your church. Leaders with fresh ideas, renewed focus and rekindled hope for the future are able to unleash the potential of a church and community.

Bring your ministry leaders to one of the largest mainline church training events in the country where more than 25,000 leaders over the past 18 years have come to be equipped, renewed and inspired in God’s call to ministry in their life.  Year over year, church leaders return bringing a team in order to expand the impact of practical leadership principles and inspirational and visionary teaching with a spirit of renewal.


Equip yourself and your ministry team with practical ministry ideas for any context.

  • Speakers and Practitioners with innovative ideas
  • Nationally recognized speakers leading Pre-Institutes
  • More than 80 different ministry workshops


Renew your passion and commitment to ministry leadership.

  • Connect and Learn from dynamic, visionary leaders
  • Experience powerful worship, prayer, keynotes, and encouragement
  • Fellowship with peers from across the country


Inspire your congregation and community.

  • Create plans and concrete ideas for your congregation to reach new people
  • Cast vision for ideas to transform your community
  • Renew the church in its mission to making disciples of Jesus Christ


Wednesday, September 28

8:00 amRegistration and Check-In
9:00 - 12:00 pmPre-Institute AM Session
12:00 - 1:30 pmLunch
1:30 - 4:30 pmPre-Institute PM Session
 Dinner on Own

Optional Events:

6:00 - 8:00 pmWild1's and Rezlife
7:00 pmResurrection Downtown Worship w/ Glory Revival

Leadership Institute Day 1

Thursday, September 29

7:30 - 8:00 amRegistration and Check-In
8:30 - 10:30 amGeneral Session 1 in the Sanctuary
10:30 - 11:00 amBreak
11:00 - 12:15 pmWorkshop Breakout 1
12:15 - 1:30 pmLunch (with optional Lunch Gatherings)
1:30 - 3:00 pmFeatured Sessions
3:00 - 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 - 4:45 pmWorkshop Breakout 2
4:45 - 7:30 pmDinner on own
7:30 - 9:00 pmEvening of Praise and Worship in the Sanctuary

Leadership Institute Day 2

Friday, September 30

7:30 - 8:15 amPrayer Service
8:30 - 10:00 amKeynote Session in the Sanctuary
10:00 - 10:30 amBreak
10:30 - 12:30 pmGeneral Session 2 in the Sanctuary
2:00 - 5:00 pmPost-Institute Session: Leading the Conversation About Race and Equality in Your Community

Keynote Speakers

Adam Hamilton

This year Adam Hamilton traveled to Egypt to retrace the life of Moses. In his plenary sessions he'll take Leadership Institute participants to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea and the Wilderness as he explores Ten Essential Lessons for Leaders from the Life of Moses. If you've ever felt like you were leading through a wilderness or wondered if you were the right person for the job, you won't want to miss these sessions.

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Haydn Shaw

Reaching Millenials and generational differences are among the greatest challenges the church faces, but the good news is that if we can improve our generational intelligence, we can overcome these challenges. Whether you are a leader of a church of 50 or 15,000, keynote speaker Haydn Shaw, a leading generational expert, will give you direction, hope and practical ideas you can put to work immediately.

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Bishop Will Willimon

All Leadership Institute attendees are invited to hear Bishop Will Willimon preach and to participate in worship and reflection led by our traditional choir and orchestra at the Thursday Evening of Praise and Worship. This service is a great opportunity to recharge and renew your spirit in the midst of conference activities. All Leadership Institute attendees are invited, no additional registration is necessary.

F. Willis Johnson

Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson is the senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, a predominately African-American inter-generational church plant. Johnson is a frequent speaker/preacher/teacher across the US, and is the Vosburgh Visiting Professor of Ministry and Social Engagement at Drew University, beginning January 2017. Through his leadership of The Center for Social Empowerment, he strives to prepare prophetic leaders who promote healing, justice and reconciliation. The Center is a hub for theologically informed reflection, investigation, and education on social and racial justice issues, and is located in Ferguson. Thousands have been influenced by Johnson’s prophetic, faith-filled reflections and strategies on social justice and racial understanding.

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Featured Sessions

Barb Roose

Becoming a Woman that C.A.R.E.S.

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Sue Nilson Kibbey

Creating the Cadence for Change: Conflux Moments

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Debi Nixon & Dan Entwistle

Leadership Lessons from the Early Days at Resurrection

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Haydn Shaw

Upping Your Generational IQ

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Practical Ministry Workshops

In-depth learning at Pre-Institute Sessions, Wednesday, September 28 on topics essential to the renewal of the church, led by ministry leaders from across the country and Resurrection staff.
Our 80+ workshops are packed with tools and ideas for all ministry leaders of your church led by Resurrection staff and guest speakers. Ministry areas include:

Adult Discipleship
Children’s Ministry
Student Ministries
Church Operations & Leadership

Congregational Care
Communication & Outreach
Media and Tech

Special Needs
Stewardship & Generosity
Worship Arts

Optional Events

Throughout the conference are optional events for meaningful worship, inspiring music, additional ministry specific learnings, fellowship and connection with peers. Join our nights of worship, participate in our midweek age-level ministries, learn and enjoy fellowship during our lunch gatherings, or take a tour of the campus – all for free (although some events do require registration).

You won’t want to miss this year’s Evening of Praise and Worship on Thursday evening at 7:30 where participants will have the privilege to hear Bishop Will Willimon preach and to partake in worship led by our traditional choir and orchestra. The evening is a great opportunity for church leaders who may only get to experience worship as a leader to sit back and relax as a participant in worship. Take time out to recharge and renew your spirit in the midst of conference activities.

Return to your congregation full of hope and with a renewed commitment to lead with impact, vitality, excellence, passion and boldness in the pursuit of expanding God’s Kingdom.

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