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Are you ready to take a fresh look at ministry? Ready for some ideas and inspiration? Ready to connect with other visionary leaders? Ready to do something to change your church and your community? Let's get ready together. Registration for the 2014 Leadership Institute is now open. Register today to join over 2,000 church leaders from across the world on September 24-26 for three days of inspiration, worship, fellowship, and practical ministry ideas.

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September 24-26, 2014

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is one of the leading mainline churches in the country. Each year, Leadership Institute brings together leaders from across the country who share a passion for renewing churches. Come and glean from the knowledge and skills of Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton, Resurrection staff and guest speakers who are eager to share practical, translatable ideas and proven strategies for dynamic and vibrant churches. This year Pastor Hamilton will be joined by Keynote Speaker Len Sweet. Len is a scholar, preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture.

 

Highlights

In addition to the General Sessions and workshops, there are a variety of additional hands-on experiences available with several ministry areas, all featured in this Highlights Section. Take some time to look through the tabs below.

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Featured speakers
  • Adam Hamilton
    Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, where he preaches to more than 8,000 per week. Adam writes and teaches on life’s tough questions, the doubts with which we all wrestle, and the challenging issues we face today.

    Adam has a passion for helping Christians grow in their faith, understanding of the Bible, and Christian living. He is also known for his way of helping those striving to be Christians to see the implications of the Christian gospel for daily life. He has authored 13 books and several small group studies on topics as diverse as forgiveness, simple living, love and marriage, morality, politics, God’s will, and world religions. Adam’s writings also faithfully confront difficult topics like homosexuality, faith and science, separation of church and state, and abortion.

  • Len Sweet
    Len Sweet is a well-known author, preacher and scholar and is currently the E Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University. His books include The Well-Played Life: Why Pleasing God Doesn't Have to Be Such Hard Work and Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching.

    Leonard Sweet is a scholar of US American culture; a semiotician who "sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;" and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds of faith, academe, and popular culture. In 2006 and 2007, Len was voted by his peers “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by ChurchReport Magazine, and in 2010, he was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010.” His popular podcast, “Napkin Scribbles,” is widely quoted, and his weekly sermon contributions to sermons.com have made that site the top preaching resource for pastors in North America. For nine years, he and his wife wrote the entire content for the weekly preaching resource Homiletics. In 2005 Len introduced the first open-source preaching resource on the Web, wikiletics.com. Len’s microblogs on twitter and facebook rank as two of the most influential social media sites in the world. You can find some of Len’s talks on his youtube channel, www.youtube.com/lenssweetspots. Founder and President of SpiritVenture Ministries (SVM), in 1995 Len launched Sweet's SoulCafe, a spirituality newsletter purchased by Broadman&Holman Publishing. Len is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North America and around the world. In the past couple of years he has spoken in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South Korea, Iceland, Scotland, and most recently, China, Indonesia, and Latvia.

    Author of more than 200 hundred articles, 1300+ published sermons, and more than fifty books, Leonard Sweet’s publications include the best sellers Soul Tsunami, Aqua Church, Jesus Manifesto (with Frank Viola), and Jesus: A Theography (with Frank Viola), as well as many other volumes that are revolutionizing the church’s mission. Len released multiple books in 2012, including Viral: Why Social Media is Poised to Ignite Revival; What Matters Most; the e-book, Real Church in a Social Network World; I Am A Follower; The Greatest Story Never Told: Revive Us Again. In 2011 Len published his first novel, The Seraph Seal (co-authored with Lori Wagner) with an innovative website, www.seraphseal.com. Several more books are scheduled for release in 2013/14: the ground-breaking preaching textbook, Giving Blood: A Fresh New Paradigm for Preaching (Zondervan), The Well-Played Life (Tyndale), Me to We ( ), and a new way to tell the scriptures, My Story, My Song (with Byounho Zho). Len published the first religion e-book on amazon: The Dawn Mistaken for Dusk in 2000.

    Currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew University, Madison, NJ and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at George Fox University, Portland, Oregon, Len was Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University from 1995 to 2001. Previous to Drew, Len served for eleven years as President and Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio and is currently their President Emeritus. Prior to 1985, Len was Provost of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York when he was in his late 20s. Involved in leadership positions in the United Methodist Church, Len has been chosen to speak at various Jurisdictional and General Conferences as well as the 1996 World Methodist Congress in Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is a member of the West Virginia Annual Conference.

    Len has served a term on the council of the American Society of Church History, was an associate editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion for ten years, and is a member of numerous professional groups. An honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. The recent recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond (Virginia), Baker University (Kansas), Otterbein College (Ohio), Coe College (Iowa), and Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania), Len has held distinguished lectureships at various colleges, universities and seminaries, and has presented academic papers before major professional societies. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, state conventions, pastors' schools, retreats.

    Len resides on Orcas Island (Eastsound) in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State.

  • Christine Chakoian
    The Rev. Christine Chakoian has led the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois since 2005; on her arrival it became the largest church in the denomination headed by a woman pastor.

    She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Yale Divinity School, and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). She is an editor and writer for Feasting on the Gospels, a contributor to the Day1 radio program, 30 Good Minutes television show, and the Presbyterian Outlook magazine. She co-hosts the new Covenant Bible Study and is the author of Cryptomnesia, both from Abingdon Press.

  • Tom Berlin
    Tom Berlin has served churches of all sizes and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia

    Tom Berlin has served churches of all sizes and currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia. He is a native of Winchester, Virginia, and is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Floris is a church committed to reaching out to the local community and the world. An exciting part of Floris' international outreach has been the establishment of the Child Rescue Centre for war-displaced children and Mercy Hospital in partnership with the Sierra Leone Annual Conference. Tom co-authored with Lovett Weems several books including High Yield: Six Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader, Overflow: Increase Worship and Bear More Fruit. He is author of a new small group study video series Six Decisions That Will Change Your Life, Six Things We Know about God, and Six Ways We Encounter God.

  • Rita Nakashima Brock
    Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is Research Professor of Theology and Culture and Founding Co-Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School.

    A noted theologian, she has lectured all over the world. In her two years leading the Soul Repair Center, Dr. Brock has become an internationally recognized expert on the emerging study of moral injury and recovery. She is a commissioned minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served in a number of prominent leadership positions, including being the first chair of the Common Global Ministries Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. Her book, co-authored with Rebecca Ann Parker, Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire, was a finalist for an American Academy of Religion Award in reflective, constructive theological studies, and Publisher’s Weekly selected it as a best book in religion in 2008. In December 2008, she and Dr. Gabriella Lettini began work on the Truth Commission on Conscience in War (www.conscienceinwar.org), which, in November 2010, recommended extensive public education on moral injury. In response, she and Dr. Lettini co-authored Soul Repair: Recovery from Moral Injury After War (Beacon, 2012).

    A native of Fukuoka, Japan, whose mother was trained in nursing by the Red Cross after WW II, Dr. Brock’s birth father was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and her stepdaughter was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Vietnam War who served 29 years in the military. Dr. Brock earned her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology in 1988 from Claremont Graduate University, becoming the first Asian American woman in the country to earn a doctorate in theology and the first ever to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). She was a professor of religion and women‘s studies for twenty years before becoming Director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College in 1997. The Bunting was an advanced research institute for exceptional women in every academic and professional field, as well as in the arts, sciences, and civic leadership. She was a member of the strategic planning team that designed the new Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study that included the Bunting and that merged with Harvard University in 1999 as its tenth school. From 2001-2002, she was a Fellow at the Center for Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School.

  • Elizabeth Caldwell
    Elizabeth Caldwell joined the faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary in 1984. In 1991, she was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament by Chicago Presbytery with a call to teaching at McCormick.

    Prior to her appointment at McCormick, Lib served as an educational consultant with three Presbyterian churches in northwest Alabama. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Childhood and Religion and was a member of the Editorial Board of the Common English Bible.

  • Scott Chrostek is the campus pastor for Resurrection Downtown. He and his wife, The Rev. Wendy Lyons Chrostek, a Congregational Care Pastor on staff at Resurrection, live downtown, and together they are committed to changing lives, transforming the city, and renewing the face of the church in the heart of the urban core.

    Scott joined the staff at The Church of the Resurrection on July 1, 2009. Scott and his wife, The Rev. Wendy Lyons Chrostek, a Congregational Care Pastor on staff at Resurrection, moved to downtown Kansas City after serving in two separate local churches outside of Detroit, Michigan. Before serving at Resurrection, Scott worked at Brighton First United Methodist Church as an Associate Pastor, where he was responsible for planning and leading worship, developing programs for youth and young adults, and building bridges into the city of Detroit through mission and service.

    Scott is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.S., 2000) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div, 2006). Before entering the ministry, he spent most of his time in the world of investments. Scott was a student of economics at the University of Michigan, worked at Robert W. Baird & Co. (West Bloomfield, MI) and MassMutual Financial Group (Hartford, CT). Scott began his ministry at Duke Divinity School, where he worked on staff at Duke University Chapel, working alongside Bishop Wil Willimon, Rev. Dr. Samuel Wells, and Rev. Craig Kocher. More importantly though, Duke was the place where Scott ultimately met his wife Wendy while camping out for basketball tickets!

    Both Scott and Wendy are passionate about the United Methodist Church. They believe in the hope of the gospel and they know that the church is poised to proclaim that hope in such a place and time as this. That they have been given an opportunity to build community and change lives for the sake of Jesus Christ is truly amazing--Scott is thankful.

    Scott and Wendy live downtown, and together they are committed to changing lives, transforming the city, and renewing the face of the church in the heart of the urban core.

    When Scott isn’t busy working for the church, you’ll probably find him on the tennis court, golf course, hiking in the mountains, or enjoying time in the City Market. It is important to note, however, that above all things (excluding the church and Wendy of course) Scott loves the Detroit Tigers… that could become trouble this October!

  • Emanuel Cleaver III
    Emanuel Cleaver III A participant in the Lewis Fellows program at Wesley Theological Seminary, he received his Doctor of Ministry degree at Saint Paul School of Theology.

    He is the author of articles and poems in Unity Magazine and Circuit Rider Magazine and has been guest lecturer at the Northwestern Missouri Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, for the South Central Jurisdictional Black Methodist for Church Renewal Conference, and for South Central Jurisdictional Bishop's Week. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Melanie Hill
    Melanie Hill is Church of the Resurrections Guest Connections Program Director and helps connect guests to the church. Melanie started her call to ministry 14 years ago working with middle school students, helping them get connected into the life of the church.

    Melanie recently expanded upon her passion of getting people connected to the church by stepping into the role of guiding guests and members into opportunities for connection and growth. Whether its children, teens or adults its Melanie's desire to help create a welcoming, compassionate place where people can connect with the story of Jesus and take the next steps on their faith journey.

  • Darrell Holtz
    Darrell Holtz is the current Program Director for Adult Curriculum and Writing on the Group Life team, has been on the Resurrection staff since 2006, and a member of the church since 2001.

    Darrell retired from Hallmark Cards in 2004, after 18 years as an editor, editorial manager, marketer and researcher. Before that, he pastored for 13 years, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has two grown children, and two smart, handsome grandsons.

  • Jeff Kirby
    Jeff currently serves as the Minister of Alpha and Men’s ministry at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, and has been on staff since 2001.

    Jeff has more than 20 years experience as a Senior Pastor both in the United States and Canada. Jeff has served as a church planter, a national and international educator and conference speaker. Jeff has been involved in teaching and training pastors in the Alpha Course since 1995. His teaching ministry and training of leaders has taken him to most major U.S. cities and over 25 nations abroad. Jeff did his graduate studies at Regent College in Vancouver Canada.

  • Karen Lampe
    Reverend Karen Lampe has been appointed to The Church of the Resurrection since 2003 and currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Congregational Care as well as worship pastor for the 10:45 and online services.

    Karen received her undergraduate degree from KU and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology. She has spent much of her adult life in healing ministries and was a physical therapist before she went into ordained ministry. Karen currently serves on the Board of Ordained Ministry for the Great Plains Conference. Karen is married to Les and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

  • Dave Magee
    Dave Magee serves as the Director of Student Ministries at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood campus. He has been on staff at Resurrection for 8 years, first as the High School Minister before transitioning to Director.

    Prior to serving at Church of the Resurrection Dave earned his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School and served United Methodist Churches in Texarkana, TX and the Dallas, TX area for a combined 7 years.

  • Jason Moore
    Known for his pioneering work in worship design, Jason Moore has devoted the last fifteen plus years to resources development, training and consultation that work for local churches of all sizes.

    The author of 9 books, Jason has designed worship worship alongside such leaders as Adam Hamilton, Michael Slaughter, Tony Campolo, Rudy Rasmus, Brian McClaren and Len Sweet.

    Jason began his ministry at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church in Tipp City, Ohio and later went on to co-found Midnight Oil Productions. In addition to Midnight Oil, Jason works as a Media Specialist for the Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. His work there entails coaching, personal one-on-one training, vision casting and a variety of other work related to worship and creativity.

    An adjunct professor for North West Nazarene University, Jason has been featured in many articles for publication including The Ooze, Homiletics, Next Wave, Rev., Technologies for Worship, Wired, Worship Matters, Your Church, Church and Worship Technology, Worship Leader Magazine and various newspapers around North America. His books are required reading at nearly a dozen seminaries.

  • Debi Nixon
    Debi Nixon is the Managing Executive Director of Regional Campuses and Catalyst Ministry for The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

    She has served in multiple roles over the last 20 years. Debi is passionate about the renewal of the United Methodist Church and currently leads the team focused on this initiative through regional campuses, affiliate churches, conferencing, leadership training, young leader development, and special initiatives. She and Reed have been married for 30 years and are learning what it means to be empty nesters now that their children are grown.

    Debi is author of CATCH: Connecting and Attracting Visitors and Catch a New Life: Connect with a Church by Abingdon Press.

  • Jim Ozier
    Dr. Ozier graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1971 and earned the master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Perkins honored him with the coveted “Mustang Award” for leadership.

    Jim Ozier is an established motivational speaker and presenter for religious groups, civic organizations, and corporations. Based on techniques and ideas learned from his experiences with Southwest Airlines, he has conducted numerous seminars on culture and hospitality for thousands of pastors and laity in churches, districts, and annual conferences. Jim is part of the Griffith Coaching Network, and an associate with Path1 of the General Board of Discipleship specializing in coaching “2nd Pastors Following The Founder” and large churches.

  • Nick Ransom
    Nick serves as the director of Children’s Ministry at Resurrection focusing mostly with the elementary age kids.

    Nick has been on staff for 9 years and loves getting to teach and experience Jesus in creative ways with the kids. Nick has a cool wife Helen and 4 awesome kids Jackson, Tyler, Chase, Lily and loves hanging out with them in his free time.

  • Ken Sloan
    The Rev. Dr. Ken Sloane is the UMC's Director of Stewardship & Connectional Ministries, housed at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) in Nashville, TN.

     He is a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Conference, where he served 20+ years in local church ministry (including a successful new church start) and 5 years as the Director of Connectional Ministries. In 2006 he was appointed to serve as Director of Communications Ministry at United Methodist Communications, and traveled extensively across the denomination doing presentations on how to interpret connectional giving to our local churches. He move into his Stewardship role on October 1, 2011. He lives in Nashville with his wife Bridget; they have five grown children, some of whom may be living with them depending on when you ask.

  • Clayton Smith
    Reverend Doctor Clayton Smith has served as an Executive Pastor of Generosity at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection since September 2005. Clayton’s ministry currently focuses on the areas of stewardship, development, and generosity.

    Clayton Smith gives oversight and support to Resurrection’s giving campaigns for the annual operating budget, capital building funds, special strategic and mission gifts, memorial giving, and planned gifts for the Resurrection Foundation. For 25 years prior to this, he served as Senior Pastor in the Missouri Area at Schweitzer UMC in Springfield, Manchester UMC in St. Louis, and Centenary in Cape Girardeau. Clayton received our denomination’s top Circuit Rider Award for Church Growth as a Senior Pastor at Schweitzer United Methodist Church in 1990. His new book, Propel: Good Stewardship –Great Generosity is scheduled to be published by Abingdon in March, 2015.

    Clayton and his wife, Lori, have four children and two “wonderful ” grandchildren. They have horses, and love to garden, golf and travel. He has a passion for mission and has lead many teams on national and international projects. Be warned that Clayton loves to tell jokes. He has served the United Methodist Church for over 40 years and finds great fulfillment in teaching and preaching the joy of generosity.

  • Lori Trupp
    Lori Trupp is the Director of Children’s Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.

    Lori is a life-long Methodist and is passionate about the renewal of the United Methodist Church. She and her husband Correy have attended The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection since 1994. Prior to joining the staff, Lori served in many areas of the church.

    Lori and her husband have three children. She has written curriculum for Cokesbury and has been a contributor to The Interpreter Magazine and Group Publishing, Inc.

  • Christine Chakoian
    The Rev. Christine Chakoian has led the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois since 2005; on her arrival it became the largest church in the denomination headed by a woman pastor.

    She is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Yale Divinity School, and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). She is an editor and writer for Feasting on the Gospels, a contributor to the Day1 radio program, 30 Good Minutes television show, and the Presbyterian Outlook magazine. She co-hosts the new Covenant Bible Study and is the author of Cryptomnesia, both from Abingdon Press.

Who should attend

Any clergy, staff or lay volunteer of a church. Whether part of a small or large congregation, church leaders that are hungry for change, ideas, renewal, and inspiration will benefit from attending Leadership Institute. Church of the Resurrection is part of the United Methodist denomination, but leaders from all denominations are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Attending with a group:

Leadership Institute is best experienced with a group. It is encouraged for all churches considering attending LI to also consider sending a team. With such a wide variety of workshop offerings, each group member can attend a workshop within their topic of interest and then come together to process and learn from each other. Not only that, but it is great team building and fellowship time with those on your team and an opportunity for networking with colleagues from across the country.

 

Schedule

Wednesday September 24

Pre-Institute 
See Options

8:00 am                  Registration
9:00-12:00 pm       Pre-Institute AM
12:00-1:30 pm       Lunch
1:30-4:30pm          Pre-Institute PM
Dinner on your own

Optional Events:
5:30pm                    WILD 1’s ('Tween Ministry) (Learn More)
6:00pm                    Rezlife (Youth Ministry) (Learn More)
7:00pm                    Evening of Worship at RezDowntown (Learn More) 

Thursday, September 25

Leadership Institute
7:30-8:30 am            Registration
8:30-10:30 am          General Session 1 (Adam Hamilton)
10:30-11:00 am        Break
11:00am-12:15 pm  Breakout Workshop 1 (See Options)
12:15-1:30 pm          Boxed Lunch
1:30-3:00 pm            Featured Sessions (See Options)
3:00-3:30 pm            Break
3:30-4:45 pm            Breakout Workshop 2 (See Options)
4:45-7:30 pm            Dinner on own
7:30-9:00 pm            Evening of Praise and Worship (Learn More)

Friday, September 26

Leadership Institute

7:30-8:15 am             Prayer Service (Learn More)
8:30-10:00 am           Keynote Session 3 (Len Sweet) 
10:00-10:30 am         Break
10:30-12:30 pm         General Session 4 (Adam Hamilton)

Optional Events:

Wednesday, September 24:
Evening of Worship at RezDowntown  - 7:00 pm . Registration is required. You will need to be able to provide your own transportation for this event. A map to RezDowntown can be found here.

Rezlife Student Ministries:  Observe and experience the dynamic moving Wednesday worship and fellowship in our state-of-the-art Student Center - Registration is required.
6th, 7th and 8th Grade - 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Wild 1's Ministry to Tweens:  Observe and experience firsthand this exciting mid-week programming directed for the tween audience (4th-6th grade). Registration is required.
5:30 - 8:00 PM

Thursday, September 25

Lunch and Learn with our Matthew’s Ministry Team: Grab your boxed lunch from the tent and meet our Matthew’s Ministry Leaders for an informal lunch and Learn. Registration is required.

Seminary Alumni Lunches: Grab your boxed lunch from the tent and join fellow alumni from your Seminary for lunch. No registration is required. See conference notebook for location.

Young Adult Dinner with Saint Paul School of Theology: Join Saint Paul School of Theology representatives at 5:30pm on Thursday to learn more about the unique educational model offered at Saint Paul.

Featured Sessions

We are honored to present a dynamic line up of speakers this year for our Featured Sessions on Thursday afternoon:

Christine Chakoian presents Changing Church Culture
Adam Hamilton presents Making Sense of the Bible
Len Sweet presents You Don’t “Work” a Violin: The Life of Faith as Playground of the Spirit.

The descriptions of the sessions is below. These sessions will take place in one of our larger venues on campus.
Register for these sessions as part of the registration process.

Changing Church Culture

Churches – like marriages – can get stuck in ruts. But they don’t have to stay there. Learn how congregations can get “unstuck” – not by dismissing their past, but by discovering it. Embedded patterns, lessons learned, external shifts, and common memory can draw the church together – into the faithful future Christ has in store.

Presenters:
Christine Chakoian

Making Sense of the Bible

Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying, “It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand, that’s what really bothers me!” Many thoughtful Christians and non-Christians alike have questions about the Bible.

In the first part of this workshop, based on his new book, Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton offers an introduction to the Bible. When, why and how was it written, and how did its words come to be considered scripture? How did God inspire the Bible? Is it inerrant and infallible? What constitutes a “high view of scripture”?

The second half of the workshop builds upon the first by offering answers to the questions people routinely ask about the Bible including:

The Nature of Scripture: What the Bible is, and is not. How, when and why was it written? What do we mean when we call it inspired? Who decided what books were included? Is it inerrant and infallible (or, asked another way, is it ever wrong)?
The Questions and Challenges of Scripture: How do we reconcile the Bible and modern science? How do we make sense of the violence attributed to God in the Bible? Does the Bible teach that only Christians will go to heaven? Does the Bible teach that everything happens for a reason? How do we make sense of the Biblical teaching on homosexuality? Is Revelation a guide to the end times?

Presenters:
Adam Hamilton

You Don’t “Work” a Violin: The Life of Faith as Playground of the Spirit.

We in the Protestant tradition have been held prisoner to something called the “Protestant Work Ethic,” a “creed” with no credence in the scriptures that says, “the harder you work, the more blessed by God you’ll be.” The result –stressed out, work-obsessed Christians who think they must toil themselves to the bone in order to attain God’s pleasure. The problem: this is not Christ’s salvation. And it’s not Protestantism. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite of the theology of the Protestant Reformation, which proclaimed the “good news” that we are saved in Christ by a free-of-charge gift called salvation by grace. Yet we are a people of faith who are running ourselves ragged alongside the Salvation Bus that declares “free admission.” It’s time in our churches today to replace a “work ethic” with a “play ethic.” God meant for us to live a joyful, praise-filled life in Jesus. Whereas in the church we have said, “Come to me all you who are heavy-laden and I will give you ---more work!”, Jesus said, “I will give you rest.” This seminar is about what it means to live in the joy of the Spirit, reveling in God’s blessings, and hearing the voice of Christ in our lives saying, “With you I am well pleased.”

Presenters:
Len Sweet

Evening of Praise and Worship

Join the Resurrection worship team for a time of worship and reflection on Thursday night. Take off your leader’s hat and just relax and experience the presence of God with your team. Pastor Scott Chrostek from our Resurrection Downtown Campus will be preaching. All Leadership Institute attendees are invited, no additional registration is necessary.

Optional Student & Children's Ministry Events

Experience first-hand our programs for teens and tweens on Wednesday evening:

Rezlife Student Ministries, Middle School – Observe and experience the dynamic, moving Wednesday worship and fellowship in our state-of-the-art Student Center. (6th/7th/8th Grades, 6:00-8:00pm)

Wild 1’s – Observe and experience first-hand this exciting midweek programming directed toward the tween audience (4th-6th graders, 5:30-8:00pm)

Registration is required. You will find the option to register for these events as part of your Leadership Institute registration process. There is no additional fee to participate.

Evening of Worship at Resurrection Downtown

Following the Leadership Pre-Institute, join us for an evening of worship at Resurrection Downtown featuring Glory Revival, a community of artists, songwriters and creative individuals born out of the Resurrection Downtown worship ministry. The primary focus of Glory Revival is to explore worship through the lens of artistic expression and relationship with one another. The original music written within the community is a result of this desire, and many of the songs make up the core of worship at Resurrection Downtown. Worship begins at 7:00pm. Resurrection Downtown is located in a former bar and concert venue, and though it now serves a different and greater purpose, is still one of the best places to see live music in Kansas City.

You will need to provide your own transportation for this event. RezDowntown is located about 20 miles from the Leawood campus. A map to RezDowntown from our Leawood campus can be found here.

Registration is required. You will find the option to register for this event as part of your Leadership Institute registration process. There is no additional fee to participate.

 

Young Adult Special Pricing

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we continue to be able to offer a Young Adult Rate for 2014. The $49 discount rate is for individuals 25 and younger and only applies to the Leadership Institute itself. Pre-Institute sessions are at an additional charge. During registration, please select Young Adult as the registration type to receive the discounted rate.

Prayer Service

Join our Congregational Care Team on Friday morning at 7:30am in our Wesley Covenant Chapel for a time of guided prayer, reflection and communion.

You are also welcome to take our self-guided Prayer Walk at any time. Guides are available at the Information Booth.

Lunch and Dinner Gatherings

Lunch and Learn with Matthew’s Ministry

Matthew’s Ministry is Resurrection’s Ministry for people of all ages with special needs. Come and meet the Sonflower Bakers and have lunch with the staff. This is your opportunity to see the Sonflower Adult Learning Program in action and to be able to ask Matthew’s Ministry staff questions. Grab your boxed lunch from the tent and meet our Matthew’s Ministry Leaders in Room C020 B/C. Registration is required and can be found under Optional Events during registration.

Seminary Alumni Lunch Gatherings

Join fellow alumni and seminary representatives for a time of fellowship. Grab your boxed lunch from the tent and head to the room designated for your seminary. A list of participating seminaries and room numbers can be found in your conference notebook.

Young Adult Dinner with Saint Paul School of Theology

Saint Paul School of Theology is pleased to sponsor a dinner for young adults during the 2014 Leadership Institute. We invite young adults, age 25 or younger, and their sponsors to come learn more about the unique educational model at Saint Paul. The event will be Thursday September 25th at 5:30pm at Church of the Resurrection. Hear from both students and faculty as they explain how the seminary educates you to reach your true leadership potential in ministry. Registration is required and can be found under Optional Events during registration.

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Building Tours

Building Tours (approximately 45 mins in length) will be available on Wednesday from 4:00-6:00pm and Friday at 12:45pm. Please meet by the by the “Building Tours” sign in the Narthex.

Pricing

Pricing

To maximize the impact on your church, invite key leaders from every ministry area. To receive the best rates, register by the deadlines below. Full payment must accompany your registration.

Super Early Bird Deadline - July 9, 2014
Early Bird Deadline - September 3, 2014
Standard Rate - September 4 – 24, 2014

Pre-Institute Rates

Super Early Bird $35 per participant, per session
Early Bird $45 per participant, per session
Standard Rate $49 per participant, per session

Leadership Institute

Super Early Bird - $139 per participant
Early Bird - $149 per participant
Standard Rate - $175 per participant
Young Adult Rate $49 (25 and Under, Pre-Institute Sessions not included)

Registrations received after July 9th will be $149 and after September 3rd will be $175. We will not be able to make exceptions or adjustments. Your understanding is appreciated.

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging

Thank you for choosing one of our hotel partners, all of which are within a 6-mile radius of the church. Some properties offer complimentary breakfast, shuttle service to and from the church and other services. Check with our preferred hotels to inquire about the amenities they offer. Reservations must be made by August 29th to receive our preferred rate.

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Transportation

Church of the Resurrection does not provide transportation to and from the conference. You may rent a car at Kansas City International Airport or check their website for shuttle services. Some of our preferred hotels do provide limited shuttle service to and from the Church of the Resurrection. Please check with them directly on this service.

FAQ's

Other questions?

Please email catalyst@cor.org or call 913-897-0120.

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Workshops

Leadership Institute offers more than 80 workshops presented by our staff and nationally recognized ministry leaders. Workshops are available in virtually every ministry area. Visit the tabs below for more information.

Below you will find a listing for Pre-Institute, Featured, and Breakout Session workshops.

Overview

Pre-Institute Sessions Pre-Institutes are offered Wednesday morning and afternoon. These extended sessions presented by our staff and nationally recognized ministry leaders provide an opportunity to explore topics of interest in an in-depth way. Visit the Pre-Institute tab to see all available sessions. (Additional registration fee applies)

Featured Sessions The Featured Sessions are designed to allow guests to choose one topic of interest out of 3 during this Thursday session to learn from one of our nationally recognized speakers. Each guest will need to choose one of these sessions during the registration process. To learn more about each, visit our Featured Sessions tab. (Included with price of LI)

Breakout Workshops Sessions Two 75 minute workshop sessions are offered on Thursday. Workshops are available in a wide variety of ministry areas. Each participant will choose a workshop from Session 1 and Session 2. Visit the Breakout Workshops tab for more information. (Included with price of LI)

Caring Congregations: Strategies for Empowering Clergy and Laity for Care

Pastor Karen Lampe has written a practical guide for giving care to your congregants entitled The Caring Congregation. Teaching will include how to organize your church for care, pastoral counseling helps and strategies, and how to lead people through the valley of the shadow. This workshop will help you evaluate the needs of your congregation and community and support you in designing a strategic plan for care.

Presenters: 
Karen Lampe
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
CATCH: Outwardly Focused Evangelism

This workshop will explore the difference between outwardly and inwardly focused churches and the ways Church of the Resurrection extends radical hospitality to reach new people. We will also share ideas for marketing tools utilized for invitational evangelism and intentional strategies for effective follow-up, connection, and discipleship. The workshop is based off the Resurrection book CATCH: A Church wide Program for Invitational Evangelism.

Presenters: 
Debi Nixon
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
Creating a Culture of Hospitality

This workshop teaches how to take hospitality beyond ‘hospitality teams’ and into energizing “every member every Sunday” to create a culture of hospitality in the local church. Learn to use proven techniques that any church can utilize to motivate, inspire, and equip church members to embrace a culture of growth and outward focus. Participants receive take-aways and handouts that can immediately be used in their local church setting.

Presenters: 
Jim Ozier
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
Five Essentials of the Pastor’s Role

Join this lively, inspiring, and convicting exploration of the essential role of pastor. Discover why it’s so easy for pastors and congregations to get off track, and how to restore your church so that it functions properly. Gain a clear understanding of five essentials on which the pastor must focus, and which tasks the pastor should relinquish entirely. Also learn the critical functions of laity, and discover how to mobilize and empower laity to reach new people and effectively fulfill their mission as a congregation.

Presenters: 
Emanuel Cleaver III
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader

What are the variables in leader behavior and approach that most affect fruitfulness? Whether by training or intuition, fruitful leaders develop a set of practices, almost as second nature, that work. In this workshop, Tom Berlin will offer a look at specific practices that have worked in his experience and are found in the lives of others. Among the topics will be proven ways to build trust and community, deal with conflict, establish communication skills, keep joy and focus alive, lead for the journey and how to keep growing through a sustained ministry.

Presenters: 
Tom Berlin
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
How to Do Creative Worship in Small and Medium Size Churches

Ever feel like creative worship is something other churches do? You know, the ones with more resources, people and staff? In this Pre-Institute intensive, veteran worship designer and coach Jason Moore will lead a 2 part session that will cover everything from how to develop a more creative/lasting worship experience to how to create and perfect a collaborative team. Special guest worship leader James Keith Posey of Ginghamsburg Church, will join Jason in an opening worship experience.

Presenters: 
Jason Moore James Keith Posey
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Jesus Apprentice: Learning To Do What Jesus Did

Jesus Apprentice: Learning To Do What Jesus Did is a new study written by Pastor Jeff Kirby of the Church of the Resurrection and published by Abingdon Press. The essential theme is the discipleship methodology of Jesus and it's relevance for the church today. Topics include: The Jewish tradition of disciple-making in the first century world and Jesus' instructions to announce the Kingdom of God, to pray for the sick and suffering and to push back powers of darkness. The workshop will combine teaching, discussion and commissioning prayer.

Presenters: 
Jeff Kirby
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Moral Injury and the Work of Congregations in Soul Repair After Violence

Despite better treatments for PTSD, suicide rates among younger veterans has been rising since 2005. Moral injury has been proposed as a factor, but as a hidden wound of war, it has remained largely untreated. Moral injury is not so much a clinical condition as the anguish of moral conscience, not just in veterans, but also in those whose work involves life and death conditions and sanctioned violence. Recovery is a lifelong process that includes rebuilding a moral identity in a community that understands moral emotions, self-acceptance, and the need to restore the balance of good in the world. We will learn what moral injury is and how churches can support recovery.

Presenters: 
Rita Nakashima Brock
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
More Than One Story

This workshop is for adults who care about youth and want to wrestle with questions about youth ministry. What is the research from the National Study of Youth and Religion telling us about the faith of our teenagers? How do we prepare parents for nurturing their children in the life of the Christian faith? Do we accept a “diner theology” or expect “consequential faith”? (Kenda Creasy Dean, Almost Christian) Will confirmation continue to be graduation from church? Some say our churches are filled on Christmas Eve because it’s the only story they know. This workshop will wrestle with these questions and more (bring yours) as we consider recent literature in youth ministry that challenges our thinking about how and who is in ministry with youth.

Presenters: 
Elizabeth Caldwell
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance & Bear More Fruit

Worship is at the very center of the congregation’s life. With a commitment to share God as revealed in Jesus Christ - worship attendance matters. In this workshop, explore with Tom Berlin improvements in worship planning, format and flow that create more vital worship experiences. Tom will offer help identifying the most critical areas to address and demonstrate ways to approach worship planning as well as practices that lead to increased attendance. With insights from research and experience, work through tactics that lead to effective worship with vitality that will inspire energy in the church’s other ministries.

Presenters: 
Tom Berlin
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
Propel - Good Stewardship - Great Generosity

This workshop will begin with an overview to inspire greater expectations, innovate new ministry models of stewardship and generosity, ignite leadership change, and improve the measurable results of your ministry. Clayton and Ken will then focus on the essentials of trust, communication, effective preaching, and positive leadership skills. Leadership is the key to cultivating generosity. The third part of the workshop will describe good stewardship programs that propel great generosity at Resurrection. Clayton and Ken will also share their experiences of serving churches of 35 to 3500 members. Best practices will be described in ways that will make them applicable so that greater generosity will result. They will introduce proven resources including  Clayton's new book soon to be published on stewardship and generosity.

Presenters: 
Clayton SmithKen Sloan
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
Putting Your Spiritual Gifts (and Your Congregation's) to Work

Workshop participants will go through a personal spiritual gifts discovery process, using Serving from the Heart (Resurrection's preferred gifts teaching tool), and also gain insight into how Resurrection uses Serving from the Heart to help members discover and activate their spiritual gifts.

Presenters: 
Darrell Holtz Melanie Hill
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Rev Up Your Children's Ministry (In 30 Minutes or Less)

Join us as we rev up our children's ministries together. In this rapid fire workshop we'll explore different topics in 30 minute (or less) segments and give you loads of ideas to take back to your ministry.

Presenters: 
Nick RansomLori Trupp
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Starting Out Small - A Resurrection Start-Up Experience in the City

In the past 4 years, Resurrection Downtown, located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, has grown from 9 to over 900 in weekly worship. Hear the stories from our children's ministry that began on the floor of a free-medical clinic with three children and is now reaching 70 a Sunday, our volunteer music ministry that began with a part-time jazz musician and now has over 40 volunteers, our continued growth in worship and missions participation, and about how we began with 7 hours of access to a space and have grown to one campus in two locations. There is power in starting out small and during this Pre-Institute we will share our story, practices, findings and resources. This workshop is located offsite from the Conference location, and will require you to have your own transportation from Leawood to the Downtown Campus, located approximately 20 miles away.

Presenters: 
Scott Chrostek
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
Student Ministry 101

(Designed for those in youth ministry less than 5 years) What are the key principles and steps to building a youth ministry designed to reach teens and move them into becoming deeply committed Christians? This intensive workshop will focus on how to build from the ground up, dream forward, cast a vision, and set up the necessary steps to achieve it. Anyone interested in building a broad-reaching and spiritually-deep ministry to students will receive practical ways to make it happen, especially those new to youth ministry or in their first few years.

Presenters: 
Dave MaGee
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Student Ministry Veterans

(Designed for those in youth ministry more than 5 years) Join the Church of the Resurrection rezlife student ministries staff and youth workers from around the country as we share best practices and learnings for the long-term youth worker. How to lead through change, minister to hurting students, strengthen student discipleship, and building and managing a ministry beyond yourself will be just a few of the topics to lift off shared discussion. The focus of this forum will be on the long view concerns of youth ministry and encouraging one another for the journey ahead.

Presenters: 
Dave MaGee
Sessions: 
Wednesday PM
The Church Moving Forward

Preparing our church for the future invites us to look back at the “good old days” – not 50 years ago, but 2,000 years ago! This workshop retrieves and applies practical early-church principles to revive the church today. This workshop will sample practices based on Dr. Chakoian’s new book, Cryptomnesia:

  1. Sorting through what’s crucial to keep and what’s OK to change
  2. Discovering authority in our “flattened” world
  3. Reaching out winsomely to the culture around us
  4. Working out our differences as a witness to the world.

Extra exercises given to take back home.

Presenters: 
Christine Chakoian
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM, Wednesday PM
Unleashing the Word

Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton will unpack the ideas presented in his book Unleashing the Word-Preaching with Relevance, Purpose and Passion. Sermon ideas will be presented to provide sermons for four years, including sermons for weddings and funerals and ideas for Advent and Christmas. This intensive workshop will cover: how to develop a preaching plan, the three critical ingredients of a sermon, designing a sermon series for “fishing” expeditions, writing the sermon, the role of the worship planning team and utilizing video in worship. During the second part of this workshop, pastors will have the opportunity to develop their own sermon plan.

Presenters: 
Adam Hamilton
Sessions: 
Wednesday AM
Changing Church Culture

Churches – like marriages – can get stuck in ruts. But they don’t have to stay there. Learn how congregations can get “unstuck” – not by dismissing their past, but by discovering it. Embedded patterns, lessons learned, external shifts, and common memory can draw the church together – into the faithful future Christ has in store.  

Presenters: 
Christine Chakoian
Making Sense of the Bible

Mark Twain is famously quoted as saying, “It ain't those parts of the Bible that I can't understand that bother me, it is the parts that I do understand, that’s what really bothers me!”  Many thoughtful Christians and non-Christians alike have questions about the Bible.  

In the first part of this workshop, based on his new book, Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton offers an introduction to the Bible.  When, why and how was it written, and how did its words come to be considered scripture?  How did God inspire the Bible?  Is it inerrant and infallible?  What constitutes a “high view of scripture”? 

The second half of the workshop builds upon the first by offering answers to the questions people routinely ask about the Bible including:

The Nature of Scripture: What the Bible is, and is not.  How, when and why was it written?  What do we mean when we call it inspired?  Who decided what books were included?  Is it inerrant and infallible (or, asked another way, is it ever wrong)?
The Questions and Challenges of Scripture: How do we reconcile the Bible and modern science? How do we make sense of the violence attributed to God in the Bible?  Does the Bible teach that only Christians will go to heaven?  Does the Bible teach that everything happens for a reason?  How do we make sense of the Biblical teaching on homosexuality?  Is Revelation a guide to the end times?

Presenters: 
Adam Hamilton
You Don’t “Work” a Violin: The Life of Faith as Playground of the Spirit.

We in the Protestant tradition have been held prisoner to something called the “Protestant Work Ethic,” a “creed” with no credence in the scriptures that says, “the harder you work, the more blessed by God you’ll be.”  The result –stressed out, work-obsessed Christians who think they must toil themselves to the bone in order to attain God’s pleasure.  The problem:  this is not Christ’s salvation.  And it’s not Protestantism. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite of the theology of the Protestant Reformation, which proclaimed the “good news” that we are saved in Christ by a free-of-charge gift called salvation by grace. Yet we are a people of faith who are running ourselves ragged alongside the Salvation Bus that declares “free admission.”  It’s time in our churches today to replace a “work ethic” with a “play ethic.”  God meant for us to live a joyful, praise-filled life in Jesus.  Whereas in the church we have said, “Come to me all you who are heavy-laden and I will give you  ---more work!”, Jesus said, “I will give you rest.”  This seminar is about what it means to live in the joy of the Spirit, reveling in God’s blessings, and hearing the voice of Christ in our lives saying, “With you I am well pleased.”

Presenters: 
Len Sweet
All Breakout Sessions

Two 75 minute workshop sessions are offered on Thursday. Workshops are available in a wide variety of ministry areas. Each participant will choose a workshop from each session.  Workshop descriptions by Ministry Area are listed in the tabs under the All Breakout Sessions heading.   You may also download workshop listings by clicking on one of the following options:

Pre-Institute Sessions Alphabetical
Pre-Institute Sessions by Session
Featured Sessions
Breakout Sessions All Alphabetical
Breakout Sessions by Ministry Area

 

Building Better Moms

Imagine a place that meets you right where you are at as a mom, a woman, and a friend; becoming better equipped as a parent through speakers and discussion; a supportive network of moms who “get it”, from newborns to teens; serving not only your family but your community as well. Imagine…Building Better Moms…it’s a new and different way for the women of today.

Presenters: 
Michelle Funk
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Creating a Culture of Invitation

This workshop is geared toward helping churches and individuals create within their communities a culture of invitation. We will offer practical tools and approaches to build personal invitation into the fabric of a church culture. We will also offer applicable ways to invite, to use creative language and how to treat every encounter as an opportunity to invite others to join you on a journey of knowing, loving and serving God.

Presenters: 
Scott ChrostekKelly Sisney, Todd Maberry
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Intentional Small Group Curriculum Design

Resurrection's Group Life ministry has worked to empower small group leaders to more intentionally select and sequence studies that help their group members grow spiritually. Learn about our guiding principles, and Resurrection resources that are available to assist any church of any size in intentionally identifying spiritual growth-producing small group studies.

Presenters: 
Darrell Holtz
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Making Connections: Visitor and New Member Follow-up

Helping visitors and members connect and stay engaged in the life of the church is critical to developing and sustaining a vibrant congregation. This workshop will focus on sharing Resurrection’s strategies for connecting individuals into the life of the church. We will share the key principles and vital practices behind everything we do, as well as share the nuts & bolts of our follow-up processes, and help you identify what you might do in your congregation to have an immediate positive impact.

Presenters: 
Yvonne GentileMelanie Hill
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Recruiting, Developing, and Sustaining Small Group Leaders

This workshop will help you identify, recruit, develop, deploy, and sustain disciple-making leaders in any sized congregation. Leader training and development is an essential component to a healthy small group ministry. Groups will thrive when their leaders feel well-equipped and supported by the church.

Presenters: 
Liz GyoriDave Robertson
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Small Group Discipleship Essentials for Large Churches

This workshop will help you discover answers to questions about the why, how and what of small group discipleship. Why are small groups essential to the life of every congregation? How do we go about creating and sustaining healthy small groups? What should the goal of small groups be? Join us for this workshop to explore five essential aspects of a transformational approach to small group discipleship and to help you develop an intentional plan to make the essential aspects a reality in the lives of those you shepherd.

Presenters: 
Chris Folmsbee
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Small Group Discipleship Essentials for Small Churches

Not enough volunteers for all your ministry dreams and needs? Can't be in more than one place at one time? Feel like 2X the budget still wouldn't be enough? Join us at this workshop to explore how to develop a dynamic discipleship ministry in a small(er) church context, making the most of the resources you do have.

Presenters: 
Chris Folmsbee
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
The Alpha Course

Everyone believes in evangelism, but not many are actually doing it!  The local church is the best place for evangelism to take place.  Learn from Rev. Jeff Kirby, Minister of Adult Discipleship and Men’s Ministry, how the Church of the Resurrection has envisioned The Alpha Course as an essential strategy to reaching non religious and nominally religious people. To date nearly 8,000 have attended Alpha at Church of the Resurrection.

Presenters: 
Jeff Kirby
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
The Journey: An Overview of our Discipleship Pathway

Giving guidance to people’s spiritual journey can be a bit overwhelming. In this session you will learn about Resurrection’s discipleship process of helping people find their way on their spiritual journey. This session will include suggestions on how to adapt Resurrection's discipleship pathway called The Journey to meet the specific needs of your church.

Presenters: 
Michelle Kirby
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Unleashing Special Needs Ministry

God has given each individual a unique set of gifts. We will show you how to develop programs for people of all abilities, allowing them to grow to their full potential in faith.

Presenters: 
Jennifer RossAnn Joyner, Joan Baird
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Women's Ministry

Invite women to connect on the journey of knowing, loving, and serving God! The traditional model of United Methodist Women can serve as a starting point for relevant opportunities to grow in faith. Learn how to organize leadership and create a cohesive, integrated ministry that reaches women with dynamic groups, studies, circles, and events.

Presenters: 
Michelle Funk
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Children's Ministry Essentials

Ready to take your children's ministry to the next level? Learn the essential elements and tools you can use to enhance your children's ministry.

Presenters: 
Lori Trupp
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Early Childhood Weekend Programming

Take an interactive look inside our early childhood Sunday school program. You'll get lesson ideas plus go behind the scenes to see what goes into KiDS COR weekend programming from large group praise and worship to classroom preparations.

Presenters: 
Amy FultonJaime Kernaghan
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Elementary Mid-Week Programming

Get a behind the scenes look at ZONE, our mid-week small group program for kiddos in Kindergarten-4th grade.

Presenters: 
Nick Ransom
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Elementary Weekend Programming

Get a behind the scenes look at what our kids experience every Sunday and see what happens during the week to get it all ready.

Presenters: 
Mike Petersma
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Reading the Bible with Children

How do we read and teach the Bible with children so they don’t have to unlearn things later? What Bibles and Bible story books are appropriate for children at different ages? How is the Deep Blue Kids Bible a resource both for children and parents who want to grow in their life of faith? This workshop is for anyone engaged in ministry with children who wants to consider some new thinking about how we read and teach the Bible with our children.

Presenters: 
Elizabeth Caldwell
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Recruiting, Developing and Training Children's Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to any thriving ministry but recruiting, training and developing them is even more crucial. Learn new ideas to train, equip and prepare your volunteers to best utilize their gifts and talents. We will also be sharing our best practices when it comes to recruiting and sharing your vision for your ministry!

Presenters: 
Mike PetersmaAbbey Engles, Amy Fulton
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Right From the Start - Nursery & Childcare Ministry

Do you have a church nursery during worship? Are your church’s childcare needs growing and expanding to include day times, evenings or weekends? Join us as we walk through nursery and childcare logistics including curriculum, volunteers, staff, expenses, scheduling, room availability and more.

Presenters: 
Chris BradshawCheri Rappe, Susan Brown
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
The Gift of Christmas

Christmas is coming! Learn how KiDSCOR celebrates the advent season from weekend lessons to family nights to a Christmas themed VBS during the summer! Leave this workshop with practical ways to have a meaningful advent season with your kids and their families.

Presenters: 
Nick RansomGail Gunnerson
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Budgeting Principles for Churches of All Sizes

This workshop will demonstrate effective budgeting and financial control techniques that are applicable to small, medium, and large churches alike. We will walk through the detailed steps to a bottoms-up approach for planning, preparing, and managing a church's annual operating budget. We will discuss how to prioritize budget requests when there are limited funds. We will also discuss developing contingency plans for potential mid-year budget adjustments in uncertain times. And we will look at the roles of the church's governance committees in the budget approval and monitoring processes.

Presenters: 
Brent MessickKelly Williams
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Effective Church Facility Management

Attendees to this workshop will be asked for their expectations on discussing the most current and relevant church facility management issues facing our churches. Topics discussed could include best practices on housekeeping, HVAC maintenance, security, budgeting and expense metrics.

Presenters: 
Dick Cooper
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Effective Staff Teams

Learn how Resurrection hires with intentionality, receive an introduction to our performance evaluation and performance management processes, learn from our staff communication patterns, and how we cultivate a positive work environment. Geared toward churches with multiple staff members (more than 8).

Presenters: 
Randy MeyerJanelle Gregory
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Human Resources for Large Churches

For churches with over 50 employees on staff, come and learn about effective practices for legal compliance, staffing, compensation, benefits and performance management. We will provide examples of forms, policies and practices that can be tailored to fit the needs of your church.

Presenters: 
Lisa Viehweg
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Human Resources for Small Churches

If Human Resources is part of your job for a small church staff, come and learn what's most important for you to focus on. We will discuss staffing, compensation/benefits, performance management and legal compliance.

Presenters: 
Lisa ViehwegJanelle Gregory
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Strategic Planning

A strategic plan provides valuable clarity for church leaders and important direction for your congregation. It holds the potential to change your church’s future, but the process can seem overwhelming. You’ll hear the simple process that Resurrection uses annually to develop and implement strategic plans. And more importantly, you will leave this workshop with your own game plan to lead a strategic process in your church.

Presenters: 
Dan Entwistle
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Communicating with Your Congregation

Even with the flood of tools at our fingertips, how do we effectively communicate with our congregation? This workshop will explore strategies and techniques for selecting the correct tools, both digital and print, and managing the flow of communication between your ministries and your congregation.

Presenters: 
Cathy Bien
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Intro to Video Storytelling

Ok, you finally have a church video camera and someone who can shoot with it. Now what? How do you tell a moving story that is short enough to use in worship? Just what counts as a story anyway? We'll explore all this together in this interactive workshop.

Presenters: 
Lee Rudeen
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Marketing Resources for the Small Church

This workshop will review cost effective ways to access marketing list and data, use direct mail, printed materials, social media, and other tools as resources for invitational evangelism.

Presenters: 
Debi NixonTravis Morgan
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Social Media: Strategies, Implementation, Evaluation

Social media can be an effective and inexpensive way to communicate with your congregation. This workshop will offer examples, tips and ideas for using and evaluating social media.

Presenters: 
Bryan CislerDonna Karlen
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Visual Design for the Worship Experience

This workshop will take you through the creative process - from concept to design to implementation - for creating visual elements for worship. We will share our process for creating graphic images and videos to enhance the worship experience and support the message. Participants will take away elements that can be used in their own worship environments.

Presenters: 
Sara SteffensNatalie Cleveland
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
At Risk Youth

What do a youth minister and a Christian counselor have to share about working with at risk youth? If you are involved in the spiritual development of young people, come and learn some do's and don'ts of responding to families in crisis. We will explore how to identify at risk youth, how to know when to refer to another professional, and how to develop your own resource list.

Presenters: 
Sherry DannerJulie Peters
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Live Forward - Resurrection's Recovery Ministry

Live Forward was created in 2013 to help people stuck in a hurt or a habit. It incorporates Worship and a set of Small Groups to reach a variety of issues. Workshop attendees will learn the Resurrection approach to recovery and receive access to Live Forward sermons and small group material.

Presenters: 
Steven Blair
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Silver Link Ministry to the Frail

Keeping the frail and elderly connected to the church isn't easy - yet it's so very important! Silver Link offers pastoral care and worship in senior adult outreach serving the home-bound and those in nursing homes, with a particular focus on dementia and end of life ministry. This session will offer keys to successful visitation and care home worship services including setting boundaries, easy and meaningful faith-filled visits, and empowering and encouraging volunteers.

Presenters: 
Karla Woodward
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Simple, Effective Depression and Anxiety Ministry

If we get the science right, we can get the care right. Learn a turn-key Depression and Anxiety Ministry you can use in your setting that has reduced symptoms in 90% of participants at Resurrection.

Presenters: 
Steven Blair
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Training and Building a Care Team

This workshop will provide the basics for recruiting, training, resourcing, deploying and nurturing a volunteer care team. This type of team can provide stability, strength and the back bone for the care of your congregation.

Presenters: 
Karen LampeWendy Chrostek
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
When Does War End? Moral Injury and Soul Repair

When people come home from war, the hidden wounds of moral anguish that they carry can linger for a lifetime and deepen over time. Churches can make a difference in recovery, through understanding the complexities of moral injury in those whose work involves sanctioned violence and in supporting recovery through community life.

Presenters: 
Rita Nakashima Brock
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Breaking Barriers - Growing Your Congregation through New Relationships

Discover three different approaches for growing your church by building new relationships.  First, learn how to find your faith story and share it.  Second, see what it looks like to be a 21st Century missionary.  Third, learn to create an outwardly focused church--and prepare for receiving guests every week through radical hospitality. This workshop provides practical insight and tools for pastors, staff and everyday disciples who seek to build relationships with people who are disconnected from the church, so that they might come to know Christ.

Presenters: 
Bob FarrKaye Kotan
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Healthy Relationships in Ministry

Caring relationships are essential to Christian ministry; yet the complexity of those relationships in conjunction with leadership roles can be both blessing and burden. This workshop will look at the dynamics of love, power and vulnerability as church leaders seek to care for others and establish authentic relationships in ministry. We will discuss setting boundaries around time, friendships, and levels of emotional closeness, as well as developing strategies to care for ourselves while caring for others.

Presenters: 
Jeanne Hoeft
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Leading Change

A leader plays an important role in introducing positive changes and helping a church adapt and improve over time. We'll explore practical, adaptable steps that you can take to help build momentum toward a healthier, more flexible future for your congregation.

Presenters: 
Dan Entwistle
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Power of Vision Casting

Vision can drive, revive, and even renew your Church or ministry. When people are invited into a visioning process that is hope-filled and missional, they respond. Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves, even better when it's coming through their hearts, and the heart of your faith community. Join us as we explore the power of casting vision - God's vision!

Presenters: 
Jason Gant
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Volunteer Management: Best Practices

Engaging people in meaningful ministry service is intentional, purposeful, personal work. We will share field-tested best practices that address effective ways to invite, connect, equip and sustain volunteers, that once implemented will help you develop a good reputation for how you treat people along the way.

Presenters: 
Carol Cartmill
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Welcoming Strangers, Meeting Jesus

This workshop will focus on hospitality as a biblical and spiritual practice that can transform individuals and congregations by bringing us closer to Jesus.

Presenters: 
Amy Oden
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
20 Ways to Use Media in Worship

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to explore 21 ways to use media in worship ranging from the simple to the advanced. No matter where you are on the spectrum, this workshop has something for any church using screens in worship.

Presenters: 
Jason Moore
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
No Budget, No Video Expertise, No Problem: Creating Video with Limited Resources

This workshop will outline the practical uses for video in your church. This 75 minute interactive session will give practical examples and techniques of how to successfully create and capture quality videos for your congregation and worship services while working with minimal budget and equipment.

Presenters: 
Kyle Goebel
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Principles of Live Video and Theatrical Lighting with Backstage Tour

In this class you will learn about the basic principles of lighting design, the use of cameras in live production for Image Magnification, Switching equipment, and graphics in environmental projection to help set the tone for spiritual encounters. This class begins with a brief classroom discussion and includes an extensive Technical Spaces tour of the Sanctuary. An optional tour of the main sanctuary catwalk will be offered immediately after the class.

Presenters: 
James Holt
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Tech Volunteer Teams

Recruiting, maintaining and inspiring your tech teams can be a challenge. Scheduling people and fitting their gifts to the tasks in service can be overwhelming. How do you inspire them, and keep them? What are signs of a successful team that is healthy and sustainable? In this class we will share stories of success and hard learnings as well as the journey of a church that supported only audio for a room of 250 people with a handful of volunteers, to an AVL team supporting multiple venues and numbers to 23,000.

Presenters: 
Frank Gentile
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Technical Production 101

In this session, we will look at the very basics of utilizing media and technology in a worship setting. We will explore practical topics including: overviews on basic sound support, choosing presentation software for projecting song lyrics, equipment purchasing, as well as defining production values that will help lay a foundation for growth. You will walk away with specific ideas you can implement immediately, as well as ideas and suggestions for your technical arts ministry to strive towards in the future.

Presenters: 
Dave Pullin
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Video Streaming

Do you want to have live video on your website of worship and other events? Learn affordable ways to do this, no matter the size of your church. This workshop will be technical, with step-by-step demos of the audio/video production, encoding, and transmission technologies.

Presenters: 
Brian SlezakClifton Guy
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Bless the School-Partnering with the Education Community

Step by step process for building relationship with the local school system; determining the appropriate assets and needs of the schools and executing assistance for schools in the community.

Presenters: 
Roberta Lyle
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Disaster Response - Reach & Restore

When disasters strike, there is an inborn desire to do something. Join us as we share lessons learned on how to effectively respond, from collections of items and funds to how to start your own Disaster Response Ministry, including training and equipping those that wish to serve. You know a disaster is going to strike: will your church be prepared to respond?

Presenters: 
Sheree ReeceCarl Hopkins
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Global Mission Ministry Strategies

Attendees will be empowered with practical how-to steps for developing fully functioning global mission partnerships. This session will emphasize international church to church partnering that focuses on capacity building and indigenous sustainability.

Presenters: 
Cayce Stapp
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Leading a Small Church in Mission

For small churches wanting to make a difference in their community and the world, this workshop offers tips and ideas that any church can use. Vision, structures, plans, projects, funding and leadership -- these are just some of the topics we'll address. Bring your questions, challenges, creativity and plenty of room for new ideas to try in your setting.

Presenters: 
Cayce Stapp
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Mission Entry Points

The workshop will discuss how to develop opportunities for people to serve others and participate in the Mission of God. This will be done by defining what an entry point into mission might look like by offering parameters to help congregations decide where to go and what to do. Specific concrete ministry examples will also be given as a means of developing local contextual entry points into mission.

Presenters: 
Stewart Curtright
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Mobilizing for Mission

Increase the number of people you have participating in God's Mission with these communication and recruiting strategies. Consider how your program structure might help move people into deeper levels of serving and encourage lives of discipleship.

Presenters: 
Ginny Howell
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Strategies In Local Missions

We will review a Step process to help churches develop strategies and execute Local Missions in their community.

Presenters: 
Roberta Lyle
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Capital Campaign

This past Spring, Church of the Resurrection celebrated a successful campaign in the 10,000 Reason's Capital Campaign.  In this workshop, Debi Nixon, who coordinated the logistics of the Campaign, will share the process used for donor cultivation, communication strategies, timelines, design elements, and spiritual formation pieces.

Presenters: 
Debi Nixon
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Growing Legacy Giving in your Church

Do you have an Endowment Giving Program in your church? Planned giving is often neglected and yet it has the greatest potential to support the present and future needs of the church. The Baby Boomer Generation offers the greatest opportunity for local churches to achieve their potential as they promote legacy giving. Learn how to develop a planned giving program that produces results.

Presenters: 
Clayton SmithByrd Bonner
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Stewardship Models for Giving with Real Results

This workshop will recognize the giving needs and faith challenges facing the local church. The following giving models will be described: 1) Annual Campaign, 2) Strategic Mission Giving, 3) Capital Campaign, 4) Memorial Giving, 5) Planned Giving, and 6) Major Donor Giving. A strategic “Call to Action” will be introduced so that you will be able to prepare a year-round comprehensive development plan to fit your local church, regardless of size.

Presenters: 
Clayton Smith
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Confirmation: The Journey Begins

Ever wondered how to get your students and leaders excited about Confirmation? Receive and dive into the curriculum and workings of Confirmation here at Resurrection. Learn how to rejuvenate or add to your current program.

Presenters: 
Teri Chalker
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Developing Young Student Leaders

Do you have students who are ready to grow as Christian Leaders? Do you have students who might be considering a call into vocational ministry? This workshop will cover the basic components desirable in a ministry to develop young leaders, explore the whys and hows of building a culture of call, and give practical tools to use in your ministry. We will also take a look at Resurrection's Ministry As a Career (MAC) Track as an example of implementation of a leadership ministry.

Presenters: 
Julie Peters
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Leading Student Small Groups that Thrive

Learn practical steps for success in small group leadership. Explore the qualities of an effective small group leader and discover how to set up, coach and manage a team that is spiritually united and embraces the vision.

Presenters: 
Bill McClave
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Ministry to Middle Schoolers

Are your students bouncing off the walls? Do you wish you had that one great encouraging word to give your volunteer leader so they don't run for the hills? Join us for best practice conversations on how to keep Jesus at the center and how to keep your sanity.

Presenters: 
Rezlife Staff
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Student Ministry from First Time Visit to Devoted Disciple

How do you build a “sticky faith” in each student’s life? What steps do you take once a student gets out of their car, enters a youth ministry program, Sunday school class or event to connect them to God and your particular ministry? We’ll walk through proven strategies of connection, follow-up, discipleship, and active attendance in your ministry setting.

Presenters: 
Dave MaGee
Sessions: 
Thursday AM, Thursday PM
Thriving Sustainability in High School Ministry

What sustains your ministry? What sustains you as a youth worker? This workshop will address the techniques, patterns, and guides for sustaining a thriving high school ministry.

Presenters: 
Jeff Milton
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching: Story, Image, Song

We are called as a people of Christ to “serve this present age.”  A large part of doing that is to learn to speak the language of our culture. More than ever before, our 21st Century culture is one that speaks in stories, images, songs, and gestures.  The time for preaching in a linear, left-brained, purely rational style with points and propositions must come to an end if we are to proclaim Christ’s message to people today.  Jesus spoke in images, in narrative metaphors that I like to call “narraphors.”  Parables are image based, not logic and clarity based.  They reach us holistically in emotional and spiritual ways, not only in rational ways.  This seminar, based upon my new preaching text, Giving Blood:  A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching, will demonstrate how preaching that is EPIC (experiential, participatory, image-rich, and connective) can serve as a “means of grace,” a connection with Christ in the midst of the worship experience, and how our stories can become Christ’s Story through participation in the sermon medium.

Presenters: 
Len Sweet
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Altar Ego to Altered Call

The perfect image of an authentic worship leader is what we crave, but there’s something deeper that we need. Gain 7 practical ways to gain traction on the road to essential witness credibility. Lucinda shares deeply from her experience as former Executive Pastor of Worship at Resurrection and now part-time pastor and popular coach and mentor for churches of all sizes.

Presenters: 
Lucinda Holmes
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Beyond Singing – A Traditional Approach to Building and Nurturing a Healthy Choral Music Program

Where do you find a choir and what do you do with it once you find one? Learn healthy practices in recruiting, nurturing and maintaining a musical program of any kind at any size church. Spiritual, emotional and musical topics will all be discussed with creative ways to enhance any musical program to bring it to excellence.

Presenters: 
Kevin Bogan
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Bringing Multiple Generations of Contemporary and Traditional Worshipers Together through Music

Often our efforts in planning blended worship services can lead to no one feeling completely lifted up in their worship experiences. This workshop will focus on ways to plan worship using music and liturgical elements that ministers to multiple groups of people.

Presenters: 
Nathan Johnson
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
Growing a Volunteer Worship Team

Are you having a hard time finding the right people for your worship team? Is your church in a period of transition with your music? Is your church interested in how to begin a modern worship service? With helpful insights, scripture and practical resources we will explore the adventure of helping the church worship with a group of skilled volunteers.

Presenters: 
Mike AshNathan Brooks
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Setting Up an Alternative Worship Service

Want to start a new style of worship? Out of space in your current worship venue? Join us as we explore the steps to setting up an alternative worship service in your ministry setting. What questions should I be asking? What resources will be needed? How will I communicate this to my community? Are we sending a mixed message? How will we remain one faith community? All these questions and more will be covered in this workshop, designed to offer step-by-step guidance.

Presenters: 
Wendy ChrostekCory Ryan
Sessions: 
Thursday PM
The Future of Contemporary Worship Music -How to Prepare and Thrive

The worship music landscape is ever changing. Pastors and musicians will benefit from defining where we are now and by discovering what musical, technical and spiritual tools will be needed to succeed in the future.

Presenters: 
Lance Winkler
Sessions: 
Thursday AM
Registration

Leadership Institute Registration fees include all conference materials and lunch on Thursday. Participants are responsible for all other meals, hotel accommodations and travel.

Register an Individual

If you are registering as an individual (or registering on behalf of an individual), please have the following information ready prior to entering the registration site:

  • Unique Email Address (for each participant)
  • First Name/Last Name
  • Church/Organization
  • Church Address/City/State/Zip
  • Home Phone
  • Church Phone
  • Average Weekly Worship Attendance of Church
  • Password (Note: please keep a record of the password in case changes need to be made at a later time)
  • Participant Home Address/City/State/Zip
  • Is the participant a member of the Clergy?
  • Is the participant a seminary graduate? Which Seminary?
  • Denomination
  • Church Role
  • Annual Conference (applicable to UMC’s only)
  • Is this a first time participant?
  • Participant’s primary area of ministry
  • Pre-Institute AM and PM workshop selections (and a back up selection)
  • Breakout Session 1 and 2 workshop selections (and a back up selection)
  • Featured Session topic selection
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Optional Events Selection
  • Payment Type: Check or Credit (Visa and Mastercard are accepted)

Take time to review the workshop offerings in the Workshops section prior to entering the registration site. There are over 80 different workshop offerings in 10 different ministry areas. Once you are ready with the above information, you are ready to register.

Register A Group

If you have a group you would like to register, we are glad to help.

 

The first question to clarify is, who will be paying for the registration?

Individual payment:
If each member is to pay separately, then they will need to register separately. We recommend sending the registration link (https://www.regonline.com/li2014) to the members of the group and including the instructions available in the Register an Indvidual tab.

Group Payment
If you (or the church/organization) is making one payment for the group as a whole, then please follow these instructions:

The first person you register will be the Primary Attendee and any changes to an individual’s registration will need to be made through the Primary Attendee’s record. Please make sure the Primary Attendee’s Email Address and Password are noted in your records.

You will need to collect the personal information and workshop selections for each person in your group. Workshops MUST be selected at the time of registration. We recommend you work to collect all of this information for each individual prior to starting the registration process. (Because workshops fill quickly, we recommend asking for alternative workshop choices in the event that a desired workshop is full.)

You will need the following Personal Information for each person:

  • Unique Email Address (for each participant)
  • First Name/Last Name
  • Church/Organization
  • Church Address/City/State/Zip
  • Home Phone
  • Church Phone
  • Average Weekly Worship Attendance of Church
  • Password (Note: please keep a record of the password in case changes need to be made at a later time)
  • Participant Home Address/City/State/Zip
  • Is the participant a member of the Clergy?
  • Are you a seminary graduate? Which Seminary?
  • Denomination
  • Church Role
  • Annual Conference (applicable to UMC’s only)
  • Is this a first time participant?
  • Participant’s primary area of ministry
  • Pre-Institute AM and PM workshop selections (and a back up selection)
  • Breakout Session 1 and 2 workshop selections (and a back up selection)
  • Featured Session topic selection
  • Dietary Restrictions
  • Optional Events Selection if any
  • Payment Type: Check or Credit (Visa and Mastercard are accepted)

Please send the link to the workshop descriptions to each member of your group so they may choose which workshops (Pre-Institutes, Breakout Workshops and Featured Workshops) they would like to attend. Workshops fill quickly, so we recommend choosing a backup workshop for each session.

Once you have collected the information for each member of your group, you may start entering your registrations.

You may add a group member at a later time by entering in to the Primary Attendee’s record and choosing Add a Participant and following the instructions for payment.

You may change workshops at any time with any workshop that has space available, but this must be done through the Primary Attendee. Individuals in a group will need to contact their Primary Attendee to make these changes.

Please contact a member of our team if you need assistance with registration: catalyst@cor.org or 913-897-0120.

Pricing

To maximize the impact on your church, invite key leaders from every ministry area. To receive the best rates, register by the deadlines below. Full payment must accompany your registration.

Super Early Bird Deadline - July 9, 2014
Early Bird Deadline - September 3, 2014
Standard Rate - September 4 – 24, 2014

Pre-Institute Rates

Super Early Bird $35 per participant, per session
Early Bird $45 per participant, per session
Standard Rate $49 per participant, per session

Leadership Institute

Super Early Bird - $139 per participant
Early Bird - $149 per participant
Standard Rate - $175 per participant
Young Adult Rate $49 (25 and Under, Pre-Institute Sessions not included)

Registrations received after July 9th will be $149 and after September 3rd will be $175. We will not be able to make exceptions or adjustments. Your understanding is appreciated.

 

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging

Thank you for choosing one of our hotel partners, all of which are within a 6-mile radius of the church. Some properties offer complimentary breakfast, shuttle service to and from the church and other services. Check with our preferred hotels to inquire about the amenities they offer. Reservations must be made by August 29th to receive our preferred rate.

List of Properties with Website Links

Transportation

Church of the Resurrection does not provide transportation to and from the conference. You may rent a car at Kansas City International Airport or check their website for shuttle services. Some of our preferred hotels do provide limited shuttle service to and from the Church of the Resurrection. Please check with them directly on this service.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Should you need to cancel your registration, you must contact us by email (catalyst@cor.org); or by mail (The Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224, ATTN: Leadership Institute Registrar). A refund (less cancellation fee of $30 per person) will be issued if cancellation is made prior midnight on September 3rd, 2014. We cannot accept cancellations by phone. We are unable to give a refund after September 3rd, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other questions?

Please email catalyst@cor.org or call 913-897-0120.

Sponsors

We are grateful for the partnership of our generous sponsors. Please take time to learn more about these organizations by visiting their website.