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.

Post Conference Conversation

Immediately following the close of Leadership Institute, all United Methodists are encouraged to stay for a special lunch session with Adam Hamilton discussing the future of the United Methodist Church. Post Conference Conversation will conclude by 1:30pm.

An additional $5 fee is applicable for a box lunch, with the remainder of the cost underwritten by ShareChurch.com.

The River of Light  Oratorio

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

Join the Resurrection Choir, Orchestra and Soloists for a concert 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.

Registration is not required for this optional event.

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 community. 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.

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

Prayer Walk

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.

You are welcome to take the self-guided Prayer Walk at our Leawood campus at any time.  Prayer Walk guides can be found in your participant packet, at the Information Booth, or online.

Lunch Gatherings: Thursday, September 28

Seminary Alumni gatherings and Lunch and Share sessions are planned during the Thursday lunch.  No registration required. Grab your lunch from the tent and join the leaders of your chosen discussion. Room assignments will be listed in your conference notebook.

Lunch and Shares

Join Resurrection staff members and guest speakers for a time of sharing on a variety of ministry specific topics. These informal lunch discussions will have a group leader and are designed as a time to share ideas and ask questions.

Lunch and Share Topics

Building a Healthy Culture for Staff and Volunteers
Children’s Mid-Week Programming
Discipleship Pathways
Resurrection-The Early Years
The Beloved Community: How to Lead your Congregation and Neighbors Toward Peace and Goodwill
Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms
Young Adults
Communications Nuts and Bolts
Contemporary Music Roundtable
Partner Church and ShareChurch Resources
Student Ministry Forum
The Nerdy Side of Stewardship
Traditional Music Roundtable
Adapting Resurrection’s Leadership Institute Principles for the Small Church

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.

Leadership Institute Registration


Early Bird

Through August 31

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

Leadership Institute: $159 ($199 Standard Rate)


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


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.