The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection’s

Discerning the future of the United Methodist Church

September 25–27, 2019

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Leadership Institute 2019 is aimed at helping United Methodist leaders navigate and lead through the next steps for the denomination.

Join us for this historic and important gathering as we, together, help shape the future.

Come to Leadership Institute 2019 to…

Sharpen Your Vision

Catch a leadership vision for a future that reflects a vibrant, vital, missional United Methodist Church — one that is passionately Wesleyan and authentically Christian, and is enthusiastic about drawing all people into relationship with Jesus Christ.

Guide Conversations

Be equipped to lead difficult conversations, building consensus in your ministry context, as you seek to affirm the full participation in the church of people of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

Explore the Paths Forward

Learn about the latest opportunities and the potential impact on your local church from leaders who are currently charting various courses forward, including:

  • staying and reforming our current structure,
  • disaffiliating from the UMC to start something new, or
  • dissolving the UMC to multiply into new Methodist expressions.

Lead a Movement

Leave prepared to lead a movement within your Annual Conference to win hearts and minds to the center and eliminate discriminatory language, restrictions and penalties in the UM Book of Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons.

Day 1



8:00 am Guest Check-In
9:00 am Pre-Institute Session 1
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm Pre-Institute Session 2
4:30 pm Dinner (on your own)

Leadership Institute

5:00 pm Guest Check-In
6:45 pm Opening Worship & General Session 1


Day 2


8:30 am  General Session
10:00 am Break
10:30 pm General Session
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm General Session
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm General Session
5:30 pm Dinner (on your own)


Day 3


8:30 am General Session
10:00 am Break
10:30 am General Session
12:30 pm Dismissal



General Session topics will be added as they become available

Super Early Bird Pricing through August 2


Leadership Institute Only


Leadership Institute
+ Pre-Institutes

Special Price

Young Adults
& International Guests


To make room for leaders from 1,500 United Methodist Churches, registration is limited to two people from each congregation (clergy and laity). Thank you for helping us make room for a maximum number of churches to be represented. (Visit the FAQ page for more detail)

If you are not part of the United Methodist Church, plan to join us in September 2020 when we return to our ecumenical format of offering practical ministry tools and ideas for all church leaders.



Pre-Institute sessions are offered on Wednesday, September 25, led by dynamic guest speakers. Each 2.5-hour session goes in-depth on a variety of ministry topics centered around leading through complex and difficult times.

Most of the sessions are offered in both the morning and the afternoon sessions, so you can select any two to attend. Unleashing the Word is offered only at the AM Session.

Morning Session

9:00 – 12:00 am

Afternoon Session

1:30 – 4:30 pm

Pre-Institute Workshops

see complete workshop descriptions


When Everyone’s Perfect But Me

Rachel Billups

Difficult Conversations

Magrey deVega

Strengthening Your Culture for Real Church Growth

Will Mancini

Navigating Transition: Leaning Into the Future Without Fear

Matt Miofsky

Achieving Next-Level Generosity in Times of Uncertainty

Joe Park

Leaning Into Your Call

Susan Robb

Unleashing the Word

(AM Session Only)

Adam Hamilton

As a church, our purpose is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

More than 11,000 people find hope, meaning and purpose each week at Resurrection.

Church of the Resurrection began in 1990 with a dream of being a church where thoughtful people who were not actively involved in church might become followers of Jesus Christ, grow in their faith, find meaningful relationships, and be sent out each week, inspired to serve God by serving others. The church began with four people.

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