Save the Date: September 25 – 27, 2019

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

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

Leadership Institute is one of the largest mainline church training events in the country. Over the past 20 years, 30,000 church leaders have been equipped, strengthened and inspired through this training event. Year after year, church teams return to maximize their  ministry impact through practical leadership principles and visionary teaching.

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

The Leadership Institute Experience


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


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


General Session Speakers sharing the newest leadership growth strategies to help maximize your leadership impact


70+ ministry specific breakout workshops with useful and feasible take-aways from every session adaptable to your own ministry setting


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


Create plans and ideas for your congregation to reach new people


Maximize your impact as an effective leader and a strong leadership team


Discover God’s clear purpose for your call to ministry and leadership to fulfill the church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world


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


Experience vibrant worship, prayer and encouragement to help you find hope, meaning and purpose as a Christ-follower and a leader


Connection and fellowship with peers from a variety of ministry contexts across the country


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

Return to your congregation with renewed confidence, rekindled faithfulness, creative ideas and a fresh assurance to thrive in your ministry.

Day One

September 26


8:00-9:00 am

Registration in Building B

9:00 - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 1:30 pm


1:30 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 6:45 pm

Dinner (on your own)

Leadership Institute

5:45 - 6:45 pm

Registration in Building B

6:45 - 8:30 pm

Day Two

September 27

Leadership Institute

9:00 - 10:15 am

10:15 - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:00 pm

12:00 - 1:15 pm

Lunch (provided, with Seminary Lunches and Lunch & Shares)

2:45 - 3:15 pm


4:45 - 7:00 pm 

Dinner (on your own)

Optional Activity

Day Three

September 28

Leadership Institute

10:15 - 10:45 am



Dr. John Ed Mathison

Speaker and Retired Senior Minister of Frazer Memorial UMC

Topic: Coping Creatively with Change

Bishop Robert Schnase

Bishop of the Rio Texas UMC Conference

Topic: Turning Our Practices Inside Out

Adam Hamilton

Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection

Topic: Peter, Flawed but Faithful Disciple

Debi Nixon & Yvonne Gentile

Executive and Senior Leaders at Church of the Resurrection

Topic: First Impressions

Barb Roose

Speaker and Author

Topic: Winning the Worry Battle

Bob Roberts

Senior Pastor, NorthWood Church

Topic: My Neighbor's Keeper: Fostering Relationships Between Faith Groups

General Sessions

Leadership Institute 2018 features a notable line-up of General Session Speakers bringing a prophetic word on maximizing leadership impact. The 5 General Sessions will focus on practical ministry tools, leadership growth strategies and inspired vision for ministry. Take a closer look at the General Session speakers and topics.

Pre-Institute Sessions

Pre-Institute sessions are offered on Wednesday, September 26 led by Resurrection staff and dynamic guest speakers. Each 2.5-hour session goes in-depth on a variety of ministry topics, such as: self-care, preaching, evangelism, church vitality, communication strategies and small church application of principles. Add to your conference learning experience by registering for these optional sessions, providing you with practical ideas to apply in your ministry setting right away.

Breakout Workshops

Breakout Workshops are included in your Leadership Institute registration. Held on Thursday morning, over 70 ministry specific breakout workshops will be led by Resurrection staff and guest speakers. Workshops are available on a wide-variety of ministry topics and are focused on tangible takeaways.