Bringing together clergy, church staff & volunteers with a passion for developing as leaders, making disciples of Jesus Christ & strengthening the local church.

September 27-29, 2017
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS

Bring your ministry leaders to one of the largest mainline church training events in the country where more than 27,000 leaders over the past 19 years have come to be equipped, strengthened and inspired in God’s call to ministry in their lives. Year after year, church leaders return with their teams to help them expand the impact of practical leadership principles and inspirational and visionary teaching with a spirit of renewal.

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

The Leadership Institute Experience


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


Pre-Institute speakers sharing their latest, most innovative ministry ideas


Nationally recognized General Session Speakers sharing the newest leadership growth strategies and cutting-edge approaches to ministry


Useful and feasible take-aways from every session you can adapt for your own ministry setting


Build up the local church by renewing leaders and reinforcing the vision of clergy and lay leaders.


Create plans and ideas for your congregation to reach new people


Increase your impact as a more effective leader and a stronger leadership team


Renew the church in its mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ


Come away recommitted, passionate and hopeful for the future of your ministry.


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


Cast vision for your local church to transform lives and your community

Return to your congregation with new ideas and a renewed commitment to lead with hope, meaning and purpose in the pursuit of expanding God’s kingdom.

Day One

Wednesday, Sept. 27


8:00-9:00 am

Registration in the Student Center

9:00 - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 6:45 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Leadership Institute

4:30 - 6:45 pm

Registration in the Narthex (Building A)

6:45 - 8:30 pm

Day Two

Thursday, Sept. 28

10:00 - 10:30 am


12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch (with Seminary Lunches and Lunch & Shares)

3:00 - 3:30 pm


5:00 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Optional Activities

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Special Concert OratorioThe River of Light (Leawood Sanctuary)

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Resurrection Downtown Worship with Glory Revival Music

Day Three

Friday, Sept. 29

10:00 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 12:30 pm

General Session 7 - Adam Hamilton & Closing Worship

Adam Hamilton

Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection

Ministry Essentials, Dealing with Conflict and Criticism, Leading and Preaching in Divided Times, Why Space and Architecture Matters

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Nancy Beach

Leadership Coach, Author and former Executive Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church

Building Volunteer and Staff Teams that Last

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Olu Brown

Senior Pastor of Impact Church and Author

Leading through Conflict & Difficulty

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Scott Chrostek

Campus Pastor at Resurrection Downtown

Reaching and Engaging Emerging Generations

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Chris Folmsbee

Founder of Burlap and Director of Adult Discipleship at Resurrection Leawood

Reaching and Engaging Emerging Generations

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Sarah Heath

Senior Pastor of First UMC in Costa Mesa, CA

Reaching and Engaging Emerging Generations

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Tony Morgan

Founder of The Unstuck Group and former Senior Leader with Granger Community UMC

Seven Stages of Church Life Cycle: Moving the Church from being Stuck to Unstuck

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Adam Weber

Senior Pastor of Embrace Church and Author

Growing the Prayer Life of Leaders & Congregations

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General Sessions

Leadership Institute 2017 is an opportunity to invest in your leadership and the leadership of your team through three days of General Sessions led by 8 dynamic speakers who are passionate about their fields of expertise. These General Sessions will focus on practical ministry tools, leadership growth strategies and inspired vision for ministry as each speaker shares his or her own personal story of leading with hope, meaning and purpose.

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Pre-Institute Sessions

You won’t want to miss this year’s expanded Pre-Institute on Wednesday, September 27 with 40+ sessions led by Resurrection staff and dynamic guest speakers. Each 2.5-hour session provides practical ideas you can apply in your ministry setting right away. Sessions are available on a wide variety of ministry topics.  Pre-Institute is your opportunity to dig deep into your specific ministry area.

Optional Events

Throughout the conference are Optional Events for meaningful worship, inspiring music, ministry-specific learnings, fellowship and connection with peers.  Learn and enjoy fellowship during our lunch gatherings, take a self-guided prayer walk, attend an evening of worship in the Resurrection Leawood sanctuary or at Resurrection Downtown – take full advantage of all that Leadership Institute has to offer.

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Leadership Institute Registration


Early Bird

Through August 31

Pre-Institute: $45/session ($49 Standard Rate)

Leadership Institute: $159 ($199 Standard Rate)


Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, a discounted rate for young adults is available. Learn more about this and Early Bird rates on the Registration Information page.