Optional Events

Take advantage of all Leadership Institute 2018 has to offer through a variety of optional events, including: worship, prayer, fellowship and additional learning and sharing.

Lunch Gatherings

Thursday, September 27

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.

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 will be available for connection at lunch and at their tables in the sponsor hall.

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.

Topics will be added to this page as they become available.

Church Financial Practices

Informal Q & A on the nuts and bolts of church budgeting and financial practices.

Congregational Care Triage

Come and learn the “low tech” manner triage care needs are processed to provide responsive, rather than reactive, care for the congregation. Topics include : hospital/hospice/rehab visits, immediate crisis care, critical illness care, and connecting congregants with pastoral and CCM’s for long term follow up.

Grow Night

Discover the idea behind Resurrection’s Grow Night and how using one night for programming can help your congregants have a clear pathway of discipleship.

Mainstream UMC: One Church Plan

The United Methodist Church is making important decisions in this next year. The Bishops have adopted the One Church Plan, but what is the One Church Plan? Join Mark Holland of Mainstream UMC to get an overview, ask questions, and become better informed in preparation for the upcoming February Specially Called General Conference.

Multi-Generational Serve Trips

Learn specific ideas for holding multi-generation serving opportunities. With an emphasis on telling the stories of “why” we serve, these events introduce kids to helping others while creating space for families to spend time together.

Resurrection’s Partner Church Program

Learn how Church of the Resurrection provides real-time worship resources to partner churches across the country, including access to worship planning and complete sermon content. Plus, Q & A with current partners.

Revitalize!: Networking for Conference Staff and District Superintendents

We will talk about the processes, systems, and results we have seen through different initiatives. Co-hosted by Dr. Blake Bradford, DS in the Arkansas Annual Conference and Rev. Dede Roberts, Director of the Center for Vitality for the Arkansas Conference

Student Ministry Forum

Join this open forum to discuss student ministry, share ideas, learn best practices, and ask questions.

Traditional Music Roundtable

Come join the Traditional Worship Staff for a roundtable discussion about traditional music from Children’s Choir to Adult choirs and Orchestra.

Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals

Let’s talk about weddings, baptisms and funerals and some of our successful policies and procedures.

Community Events and Collaboration

Join us for a discussion about how to engage your congregation and community through collaborative ministry and innovative community events. Bring your best examples to share and gain new ideas to try out in your church.

Great Volunteer Tech Teams

Recruiting, maintaining and inspiring your tech teams can be a challenge. How do you avoid Tech Burnout for yourself and others? How do you inspire volunteers, 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 from humble beginnings to help you form an action plan for success.

Let’s Talk about Foundations

Christian stewardship inspires giving that can culminate in planned giving, the legacy gift that crowns the faith story of your congregants. Legacy giving is for everyone! Through your questions and discussion, we will look at the benefits of having a Foundation with an active planned giving program and how to start or re-energize a Foundation. Ultimately, it’s not about money, rather a witness of faith and gratitude for the abundant grace of God and hope for future generations coming to Christ through your church’s ministry and mission.

Mid-week Children’s Programming

Learn about Resurrection’s mid-week programming for elementary students and share ideas with each other about programming from your own church.

Resurrection – The Early Years

In the first ten years, Resurrection grew from four people to more than four thousand. Dan Entwistle, now our Senior Executive Director, had a front-row seat during this remarkable period. He will offer his perspective on the church’s start-up phase and share some of the early decisions and habits that allowed the church to flourish.

Resurrection’s Summer Internship Program for College-Aged Students

Learn how Resurrection uses summer internships for college aged students to help them discern a call to ministry and to promote ministry to them as an attractive career option. We will also discuss best practices of summer internship programs and how to get started with internships at your church or improve programs already in place.

Staff Health Initiative

Come join us for a discussion on staff wellness initiatives and learn how a wellness program may improve the health of your employees and the culture of your church staff.

Supporting the Senior Pastor

The pastor/administrative assistant relationship is a vital relationship in helping the pastor or your ministry leader stay informed, in touch, prepared, and on time. This lunch and share will provide first-hand information on how to develop a dynamic working relationship that positively impacts the ministry of the senior pastor as well as the overall ministries of the church. Come prepared with your ideas to share and questions for the discussion.

The Rebirth of Puerto Rico: Lessons and Opportunities

After Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico a year ago, Puerto Ricans have been immersed in a rebuilding phase amidst the many losses and uncertainty. Help has come from many places around the world, and the church has been instrumental to Puerto Rico’s recovery. There is not a quick fix, and there are plenty of opportunities to be part of what God is doing there. Join Pastor Eric, a Methodist pastor in Puerto Rico, in a conversation about what happened, what they have learned, and how you and your church can be the hands and feet of God on this beautiful island. Eric is the author of Escoge La Sabiduría [Translated: Choose Wisdom], released through The Publishing Office of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in 2018.

The Future of the United Methodist Church

Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm

Resurrection Leawood Sanctuary

Gather together with other United Methodists for a time prayerful discussion regarding the current state of the church and what the future holds for the denomination. While this is an open gathering for all attendees, it is aimed at our United Methodist guests.

Registration is not required for this optional event.

Post-Institute Workshop

Friday, September 28, 1-4pm

Strengthen Your Leadership by Discovering Your Strengths

Presenters: Janelle Gregory, Debi Nixon

Ready to explore your strengths, live your best life and increase the impact of your ministry by tapping into your unique talents? StrengthsFinder is a tool, developed by Gallup through decades of research, that measures your patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving to discover your natural talents. By participating in this special session led by Certified Gallup StrengthsFinder Coaches, you will learn how to complete an online assessment to unlock your top 5 Strengths. Come ready to maximize your potential by uncovering what makes you exceptional.

Note: A box lunch is included in this interactive session.
Advance registration is required. An additional charge of $49 per participant will apply.

Prayer Walk

The Resurrection Prayer Walk allows 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.

Tours and Walks

Building Tours

Building Tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and will meet by the "Building Tours" flag in the Narthex. Check your conference notebook when you arrive for times.

Prayer Walk

You are welcome to take the self-guided Prayer Walk at our Leawood campus at any time. Prayer Walk guides and more information are available at the Information Booth.