Optional Events

Take advantage of all Leadership Institute 2017 has to offer through a variety of optional events, including: worship, prayer, fellowship and additional learning and sharing.

The River of Light  Oratorio

Resurrection Leawood Sanctuary
Thursday, September 28, 7:30 pm

Join the Resurrection Choir, Orchestra and Soloists for a concert that is dedicated for the new stained glass window on Thursday night at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. This world premiere musical work based on the figures in the window encompasses stories from Adam & Eve through Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Billy Graham.

The 140-voices of the Resurrection Choir and the music of our 60-piece orchestra tell the story of God’s love through this three-movement work composed by Resurrection member and University of Texas graduate Troy Armstrong.

Worship with Glory Revival

Resurrection Downtown
Thursday, September 28, 7:30pm

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. 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.

Transportation is not provided for this event. Please plan accordingly. Resurrection Downtown is located about 20 miles from the Leawood campus. Get directions here.

Prayer Walk

You are welcome to take the self-guided Prayer Walk at our Leawood campus at any time.

The newly consecrated Resurrection Prayer Walk invites you to step away from the conference and spend time connecting with God through listening, prayer and reflection. The walk is approximately the distance Jesus walked from Pontius Pilate’s court to the cross (about one third of a mile). Each station consists of natural & artistic elements in addition to reflective passages of Scripture, and the entire walk follows the ministry and mission of Christ.

Prayer Walk guides can be found in your participant packet, at the Information Booth, or online.

Lunch Gatherings: Thursday, September 28

No registration is required for the lunch gatherings. Grab your lunch from the tent and join the leaders of your chosen discussion. Check back on this page frequently as we will be adding Lunch and Shares.  Room assignments will be listed in your conference notebook.

Seminary Alumni Gatherings


Join seminary representatives and alumni of your seminary for fellowship and connection during the Thursday lunch. Representatives from several United Methodist affiliated seminaries will be onsite and have tables in the Narthex and will be hosting informal gatherings.

Lunch with Matthew’s Ministry

Jennifer Ross

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. Grab your boxed lunch from the tent and meet our Matthew’s Ministry Leaders in Room C020 B/C. This is your opportunity to see the Sonflower Adult Learning Program in action and to be able to ask Matthew’s Ministry staff questions. No registration required.

Leadership Institute Registration


Super Early Bird

Through July 13

Pre-Institute: $35/session

Leadership Institute: $149


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


Please join us in thanking the Leadership Institute 2017 Sponsors. Because of their generosity, we are able to extend deep discounts to Young Adults and international guests. Each of these sponsors will have a table in the Narthex during Leadership Institute and we encourage you to visit with sponsor representatives during the conference.