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All About rezlife

The purpose of rezlife student ministries is the same as the mission, vision and journey of our church, with a special emphasis on ministering to students in fun environments specifically designed for 6th-12th grade students.

Our Mission - To build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious students and their families are becoming deeply committed Christians
Our Vision - Change lives, Transforming Communities, and Renewing the Church
Our Journey - Knowing God, Loving God, Serving God

Rezlife desires to be a welcoming community for all student no matter where they are on their faith journey. Students will find a place to worship God, a community of students and adult leaders and a place to grow in faith. Through weekly large group programs, confirmation, Group Life small groups, weekend retreats, music groups, service opportunities, mission trips and so much more, rezlife strives to offer a pathway for students to be transformed by God. It is our hope to equip your student and family to continue the journey together of becoming deeply committed Christians.

Rezlife is committed to finding a place of belonging for every student. Weekly large group events like youth group and Sunday School don’t require registration, students are welcome to show up any week and will be welcomed! We also welcome parent contact prior to a student’s first visit to find the ministry program that might be the best fit for each student. We want to come beside your family on your faith journey.


Following is a list of many of many of the primary entry points for students to get connected. For additional options or more information on any of these offerings please continue to explore the website under specific rezlife ministry headings (the left side of the rezlife home page).

Sunday School: 9-10:15 am, Student Center (Building C)
Each Sunday morning begins with hang-time and donuts and drinks for sale in the café. We gather for a time of praise and worship, followed by a short teaching Bible-based message and announcements. Students then head to classrooms for small group time. During small group time, 6th-8th grade students are split up by grade and gender and high school students are divided by grade.

Wednesday Night Middle School Youth Group: 6th, 7th, 8th grades: 6:15-8 pm, Student Center (Building C)
Come on out for rezlife's weekly gathering of high energy, high impact student-led praise and worship, creative messages relevant to students, a concession café, hang-time with friends and many entertainment options in the Student Center (video games, the boulder wall, basketball and more). In addition rezlife offers large and small group time where students learn each week what it means to follow Jesus.

Wednesday Night High School Rez: 9th - 12th grades: 8-9:15 pm, Student Center (Building C)
Come hang out with other high school students for a time of fun and faith. Students will be offered message series from our high school minister as well as other members of the rezlife staff, student-led worship bands, small group time and opportunities to serve the community or share in meals together. Youth group with a twist!

Group Life (Small Groups):
6th, 7th, 8th grades: Included as part of Wednesday Night Youth Group
High School: various times, days and places

Ready to take the next step in growing your faith? Small groups are a great way to get to know and connect with a smaller group of students, to connect with trained rezlife volunteer small group leaders and to be involved in Bible study and topical discussions relative to everyday life and issues. Many small groups also participate in occasional social outings and service opportunities.
Groups do not require registration. Check with Sam Johnson if you need help getting connected with a small group.

Confirmation (8th-12th grade students):
Sundays, 10:30 am - 12:15 pm (pre-registration required)

Confirmation is a time where students are given the opportunity to grow in faith together and ultimately confirm their own faith before God and their church community. Resurrection offers one session of confirmation each school year, running from early fall through mid-spring. Registration is required (registration for 2016-17 confirmation session is now closed).

MAC Track (Ministry as a Career):
Meets every third Monday night at one of the participant's homes.
Ministry as a Career Track, or MAC Track, is a program designed to provide avenues for students who have expressed an interest or possible calling to explore vocational ministry, ordained and lay ministry, as a career option. MAC Track is committed to providing support, encouragement, resources and options to these students as they explore their calling. We are committed to excellence in offering students a realistic view of ministry, developing leadership through experiential learning and providing an authentic Christian community where students with similar goals are whole-heartedly seeking to discern God's direction for their lives.

Thursday Morning High School Bible Study (During the School Year):
7:45-8:30 am, Winstead’s
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day by digging into God's word is just as important! Come and hang out with Dave MaGee, Director of Student ministries, bright and early on Thursdays for breakfast and Bible study! Bring your Bible and your friends!
Winsteads: 135th and Briar (Directly north of Church of the Resurrection)

Thursday Afternoon Adventures with Andy (During the School Year):
4-5 pm
"Adventures with Andy" is a small group opportunity for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students during the school year to connect with one another and get to know Andy Guarini, Middle School Minister. Students meet for a snack at Winsteads every week during the school year and enjoy fellowship and some fun games.
Winsteads: 135th and Briar (Directly north of Church of the Resurrection)

Rezlife during the Summer

Weekly rezlife 9 am Sunday School continues to meet, but most other weekly programs take a break as we focus on special big event opportunities like middle school summer camp and middle and high school mission trips. Several Wednesdays during the summer will feature special events such as roller skating, water parks and fun service opportunities. Additional small group gatherings such as Bible studies for middle school and high school, and outdoor events like kickball and ultimate Frisbee are also offered.

Students leading worship with music
Games on stage
Student Center Hang Time
Balloon Bonanza
Paint Night with Leawood Fire Department
Serve Team at Paint Night
Jamaica Mission Trip
Denver Mission Trip


Click Here for more information or to register for the Metamorphosis Fall Retreat.

Click Here for more information on the 2017 Honduras Mission Trip.

Click Here for Youthfront 2017 Summer Camp information.

Wednesday 10.19
Middle School Youth Group - Join Andy Guarini in this two-part series called, "Why We Serve," which focuses on the real reasons why God calls Christians to serve the world and serve others.
6:15-8pm, Student Center, Building C, Leawood 
Cafe closes at 6:30pm (exact change is appreciated and accelerates the line!)

High School Youth Group - Come to youth group Wednesday night for a fun way to serve and give back to our local community!  
9th-12th Grade
8-9:15pm, Student Center, Building C, Leawood 


Thursday 10.20


Adventures with Andy
6th-8th Grade 
4-5pm, Winsteads, 135th & Briar

Sunday 10.23

Sunday School 
6th-12th Grade
9-10:15am, Student Center, Building C, Leawood 


8th-12th Grade
10:30am-12:15pm, Room C050, Lower Level, Building C, Leawood 

Oct 29 2016 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Hoops for Hope Dodgeball Tournament

6th-8th Grade Students
Saturday, October 29

​Come play dodgeball in the Student Center on Saturday, October 29th and help raise money for Hoops for Hope. You can make your own team of 5 or we'll place you on a team. Either way it's a great way to spend the afternoon!  If dodgeball isn't your thing and you just want to come hang out and cheer on the teams, that's okay too. Cost is $10.00 per person and the money raised will all be donated to Hoops for Hope USA. Register here.

What is Hoops for Hope?

Hoops for Hope USA is an organization that raises funds to help offset treatment costs for families at Children's Mercy Hospital who are currently battling pediatric cancer. The goal behind the event was to create an enthusiastic venue where KIDS HELP KIDS by combining the competition of sports and fun. Hoops for Hope USA originated in Overland Park, Kansas at Blue Valley Southwest High School during the 2011 school year. Each year, Hoops for Hope USA creates a fun-filled event to help #crushkidcancer!

Oct 30 2016 -
10:30am to 12:15pm

Confirmation Experience Week: Attend Church together

Attend Church service with your small group . Your mentors will let you know where and when to meet.

Sponsored by: 
Nov 4 2016 - 7:00pm to Nov 20 2016 - 8:30am

rezlife 2016 Metamorphosis Fall Retreat

6TH12TH Grade Metamorphosis Fall Retreats


Metamorphosis is a weekend spiritual retreat for students in 6th -12th grade. This retreat is filled with worship activities both in large and small group settings, and a time for students to grow deeper in their faith.  

6th - 8th grade:          Friday, November 4th – Sunday, November 6th

9th – 12th grade:       Friday, November 18th - Sunday, November 20th

Check-in is at 7:00pm on Friday in the Chapel at Youthfront Camp West.

There will be a parent meeting at 8:30am on Sunday in the Chapel followed by closing worship with students at 9:00am. The retreat concludes at 9:30am.

Where is the retreat held?

Both of the retreats will be held at Youthfront Camp West in Edgerton, Kansas.

What is the cost?

$110 covers your lodging, meals, t-shirt and devotional material for the weekend (payment will be required at the time of registration by echeck, debit or credit card unless you’re requesting a scholarship).

How do I request a scholarship?

Our scholarship form is used to assist the student ministry staff in the process of allocating the funds.  All information you give on this form will be treated with strict confidence. Just download and complete the form. You can return the form by mail, drop it off at the rezlife office or give it directly to one of the Student Ministry staff members.  Once the form has been reviewed, a staff member will contact you.  If you have any questions, please contact the rezlife Student Ministry office at 913.544.0262 or  Download the scholarship form here.

What are the accommodations?

YouthFront West has cabins that consist of 4 rooms per cabin (each with 2 bunk beds) and then a separate room in the cabin for the two leaders. Each cabin has its own restroom with showers. There are small lockers available to lock up any personal items (you will need to provide the lock).

Is transportation provided?

Transportation is not provided. Students arrange their own transportation to and from the retreat.

Where do I register?

6th - 8th Grade Retreat: Click here to register as a student or adult leader.

9th – 12th Grade Retreat: Click here to register as a student or adult leader.

Please Note: Volunteers for this weekend must be at least one-year post college.

Is there paperwork to complete?  

Yes. Each student must turn in a rezlife consent form to the rezlife office within two weeks of registration.  Click here to download the rezlife consent form.

Please contact the rezlife office with any questions at (913) 544-0262 or

Sponsored by: 
Rezlife High School
Nov 6 2016 -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Confirmation: The Bible

Sponsored by: 
Nov 13 2016 -
10:30am to 12:30pm

Confirmation: What's a Christian?

Sponsored by: 


We couldn't do what we do without you!  Whether you have lots of time to volunteer each week or only a few hours once in a while - rezlife has a volunteer opportunity for you.  We believe that God has called each of you at this time and in this place to serve in a way that only you can.  You don't have to be a Bible expert to serve, just a heart for working with students. 

All volunteers are required to be background checked as well as complete Safe Gatherings training.  Please contact Deborah Comstock, or 913-544-0251 with questions.

Adult Volunteer Opportunities at a Glance:

Youth Group Small Group Co-Leader

     6/7/8th grade          Wednesday Nights  6:00pm - 8:00pm

     High School             Wednesday Nights   7:45pm - 9:15pm

Sunday School Co-Leader 

     6th - 12th grade      Sunday Mornings 8:45am - 10:15am

Fall Retreat Leaders

     6/7/8/th grade          November 4- 6th

     High School              November 18 - 20

Training and curriculum are provided for all volunteer opportunities in rezlife. 

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Director of Student Ministries - Dave MaGee
Youth Minister, Care & Development - Taylor Ogden Thomas
High School Minister - Sam Johnson
Middle School Minister - Andy Guarini
Confirmation Coordinator - Teri Chalker
Event Planning & Volunteers - Deborah Comstock
Administrative Assistant - Darci Iandolo
Assistant Youth Minister - Nick Kaufmann
Worship Leader - Cory Ryan
Youth Music Program Director - Joyce Blakesley
Handbells Program Director - Gwen Gepford
Fanfare Ringers - Lin Sanford
Associate Audio Engineer - Jordan Tracy
Producer - Micah Jacobsen

+-Middle School

Middle School in Rezlife Student Ministries is for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  We offer a variety of large group and small group activities along with special events specific for this age group.

Learn more about middle school programming.

+-High School

Rez High School offers both large group and small group experiences for 9th-12th grade students,including fellowship and service opportunities, retreats, and mission trips. 

Learn more about high school programming.

+-Sunday School

6th-12th Grade Sunday School
Student Center (Leawood Building C)
Sundays, 9:00-10:15am (doors open at 8:50am)

Click here for more information specific to our Sunday School programming.


Confirmation is the time when a personal decision is made to confirm the vows of our baptism. At The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, this happens as a group of students join together to explore who Christ is, what it means to know Him through a life-long relationship, and how we follow Him as United Methodists. 

Click here for more information specific to our Confirmation program.

+-Ministry as a Career

MAC Track offers students 6th - 12th grade opportunities to explore Ministry as a Career through presentation, discussion, and job shadow.

Click here for more information specific to our MAC Track Program.

+-Events, Retreats, & Missions

rezlife Student Ministries offers special events, overnight retreats, domestic mission trips, and international mission trips - each targeted to appropriate age groupings, for 6th through 12th grade students.

AT-A-GLANCE VIEW of Upcoming Events, Retreats, & Missions 

(Select the CALENDAR Tab on the left side of this page for details and registration information.)



Eligible Grade


11/4/16 – 11/6/16

MS Metamorphosis Retreat

6th – 8th Grade

Register Here

11/18/16 – 11/20/16

HS Metamorphosis Retreat

9th – 12th Grade

Register Here


MS Youth Group Kick-Off

6th – 8th Grade

No Registration Required


HS Youth Group Kick-Off

9th – 12th Grade

No Registration Required


Sunday School Kick-Off

6th – 12th Grade

No Registration Required

1/14/17 – 1/15/17

6/7th Grade Totally Tubular

6th – 7th Grade

Registration Opens 11/21/16

1/15/17 – 1/16/17

6/7th Grade Totally Tubular

6th – 7th Grade

Registration Opens 11/21/16

2/17/17 – 2/18/17

8th Grade Totally Tubular

8th Grade

Registration Opens 11/21/16

2/18/17 – 2/19/17

HS Totally Tubular

9th – 12th Grade

Registration Opens 11/21/16


Youth Group at Skate City

6th – 12th Grade

No Registration Required


Honduras Mission Trip

10th-12 Grade Fall 2017

2017 HS Graduates

Register Here


Youthfront Summer Camp

6th-8th Grade Fall 2017

Register Here

+-Group Life (Small Groups)

Small groups are a great way to get to know and connect with other students, to connect with trained rezlife volunteer small group leaders, and to be involved in Bible study and topical discussions relative to everyday life and issues.  

Click here for more information specific to our Rezlife Small Groups.

+-rezlife Band & Youth Music

Rezlife has worship bands that lead musical worship for 6th-8th grade Wednesday night youth group, high school Wednesday night youth group, Sunday morning 9am Sunday School, and Sunday morning Confirmation. Rezlife bands are student-led bands trained and supported by United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Contemporary Worship Leader Cory Ryan. Many bands practice once a week as well as rehearse before the scheduled start time of the different ministry programs they lead worship at.

How do I become part of a rezlife band?

Auditions are held every fall, usually near the end of August or very early September. Students are asked to come prepared with a pre-selected worship song to perform vocally or play on their chosen instrument. Pre-registration is required to receive a specific audition slot.  Click here to register for the 2016/17 rezlife Praise Band auditions on 8/27/16.

Interested in having a rezlife band come lead worship at your event?

Rezlife student-led bands appreciate the opportunity to share their gifts and minister to other youth by leading worship outside the walls of Church of the Resurrection. If you would be interested in potentially having a rezlife band play at such as events as district/conference youth rallies, worship services, weekend retreats, or other events, please contact Cory Ryan (rezlife worship leader) at or Dave MaGee (Director of Student Ministries) at Cory or Dave can answer questions about schedule availability, travel reimbursements, and honorariums.

Student Choir, Handbells and Orchestra

Learn more about student choir, handbells and orchestra here

+-Parent Info

We at rezlife student ministries believe that students best grow in faith when parents and the church work together to walk beside students on their journey of faith. Discipleship and growth happens not only in the church but also in the home.

There are several primary ways we as the staff of rezlife student ministries strive to partner together with parents:

- Weekly Email Communication – rezlife sends out a weekly email on Tuesdays to parents and families with up to date information on ministry programs and events going on in rezlife – the email along with regularly checking out the website are the best ways to stay connected with the upcoming opportunities within rezlife. The email will also occasionally include resources or links for parents and families. To subscribe to the weekly email please go to the rezlife student ministries home page on the website and on the bottom left click on the “Subscribe to Weekly Email” link.

Follow rezlife on social media – follow the “rezlife leawood” page on Facebook, the “rezlifeleawood” Twitter account, or the “rezlifeleawoodms” or “rezlifeleawoodhs” Instagram accounts. Also check out the rezlife blog at which will occasionally include resources or links for parents and families.

Parent Meetings – rezlife offers parent meetings in conjunction with many of our big events and major transitions. Just some of those meetings include 5th-6th grade transition in May, 8th-9th grade transition in May, parent meetings at the end of each Metamorphosis fall retreat, mandatory meetings before all summer mission trips for parents and students, and confirmation orientation meeting.

Parenting Classes – rezlife offers occasional short-term parenting classes on Tuesday nights as part of the churchwide Grow Night discipleship nights. In the fall a 10 week “Parenting Teenagers” course was offered from Director, Dave MaGee. In the spring additional offerings from Taylor Ogden Thomas and Andy Guarini are scheduled. For more details on these please check out the calendar tab on the top left of this page.

Special Events – every other year rezlife hosts a one-night “Purity” conference centering on healthy and appropriate dating relationships and boundaries with speakers and sessions geared toward both 6th-12th grade students and their parents. Other offerings are also made available.

Parent-Youth Minister Calls/Meetings – each of the rezlife youth ministers are more than happy to set up meetings with parents, parents and families, or phone calls to individually discuss any specific parent needs, concerns, or finding the best place to get a student connected. Please directly connect with any of the rezlife staff on the staff page on the rezlife student ministries home page.

+-Scholarship Form

Here at rezlife Student Ministries, we want all students to have the opportunity to grow deeper in their faith.  Scholarships are available for our camps, mission trips, confirmation, MAC Track and retreats that are primarily spiritual or service oriented focused. Our scholarship form is used to assist the student ministry staff in the process of allocating the funds.  All information that you give on this form will be treated with strict confidence. Download and complete the form. You can return the form by mail, drop it off at the rezlife office or give directly to one of the student ministry staff members.  Once the form has been reviewed, a staff member will contact you. 

If you have any questions, please contact the rezlife Student Ministry office at 913.544.0262 or

+-Safe Gatherings


The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, in its Policy for the Protection of Minors and Developmentally Disabled Adults, vows to take seriously the importance of providing a safe environment where all people can participate freely and safely in the life of the church and intend to maintain a sanctuary or “safe place” for all to grow in faith and maturity.  If you wish to volunteer in:  KIDSCOR, Rezlife, Mathew’s Ministry, Children’s Music, Youth Music, Partner Schools, International or Domestic Missions, Silver Link, as a Congregational Care Minister, you are required to become certified by the Safe Gathering Program to serve in that ministry.  All staff are required to become certified as well.  This is also a requirement of the Great Plains Annual conference.  Information and resources relating to the Safe Gatherings Program can be found at:

BEFORE YOU START                                                                                                                                                                                                   

You will be asked for 2 references.  These are people that have known you for a minimum of 2 years.   You may NOT use a relative as a reference.   For optimal success, it is recommended that you contact these people ahead of time and carefully note their email and phone number with area code.  The Safe Gatherings automated system will use the contact information that you provide to instantly contact the reference via email, so accuracy is essential.  Your primary reference must come from the reference progression that follows:   

                      Resurrection Pastor who knows/worked with you

                      Pastor of a different church with whom you have worked

                      Resurrection Staff/Lay Leader with whom you have worked

                      Staff of a different church with whom you have worked

                      Employer or Supervisor

Your secondary reference or lay reference can be a neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc., but not a relative.  This reference must be 18 years or older.

To be assured that your references provide the necessary information requested by Safe Gatherings in a timely manner, it is recommended that you make a follow-up contact as a reminder.  Do this within a few days of completing the application process.  Also, advise your references that sometimes Safe Gatherings notifications go to Spam.  This can also happen with correspondence to you from Safe Gatherings


The Safe Gatherings application and tutorial training are to be completed using the online system.  The application and tutorial training take about 1 ½ hours to complete from start to finish.  To access the Safe Gatherings website, go to:

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Click on:  At the top of the page, CLICK:  Get Started

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You are applying for Safe Gatherings certification for the Church of the Resurrection, in Leawood, Kansas.  Even if you attend a Missouri side campus or the Olathe campus use:  Leawood as the city; Kansas as the state.

You will create a User Name and Password.  Keep both of these until you have received notification of Safe Gatherings Certification.  You can use your email as the User Name.  However, creating your own User Name, has proven to be a better choice. The user name and password will allow you to complete the application process in more than one setting.  You can use them to log on to the site and check the status of your application. Monitoring the status of the application yourself, is the best and fastest way to keep your application moving through the certification process.  The User Name and Password can also be used to change a reference or correct reference information, if that becomes necessary. 


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Use your legal name on all documents during the application process.

Male applicants, click on:  NONE at the end of the Maiden Name box.

If you do not have a driver’s license, type:  NONE

State:  scroll down, CLICK on the state you live in.

Most people are applying as a Lay Person

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No explanation needed

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For:  Height and Weight, use your best guess; Occupation, type in student, actual occupation, retired, or none. 

Primary Area of Ministry: Type in the area in which you serve or wish to serve

When asked, list all previous church work involving children/youth/elderly.  Example:  church nursery or a related type of volunteer work.  This is a required field, so you can type NONE.  If you have lived outside of the state of Kansas at any point over the last 7 years, provide the address, city, state, and zip code for each residence during that time frame.

If you have attended a church other than Church of the Resurrection in the last 5 years, you will need to:  give the name of the church; the country; and the zip code. (Missouri-side Resurrection members:  Although you attend church at a location that is not in Kansas, this does not apply to you, unless you have attended Church of the Resurrection less than 5 years.)

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No explanation needed

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Use the information that you received from your references to complete this page.

Enter the email address and phone # carefully and accuratelyProviding The Safe Gatherings automated system with accurate information is your responsibility.  A misplaced dot, reversed or omitted letter(s), will result in your reference not receiving the request for information.  Your application will not proceed further until you correct errors.

If you use a Clergy Reference that is not an actual Resurrection minister, you will be asked to explain why you didn’t.  I responded:  “I have not had the opportunity to work on a project with a Resurrection minister.  I have not had a serious issue that I needed to consult with a Resurrection minister about.”   

After submitting your application, contact the references to verify that the request form has been received.  If the answer is: “no”, verify the email address.  Log on to your account at:  In the Application Status box, Click on:  view/change reference   Correct errors and SAVE.  The automated system will resend the request for information form.  You can use the same procedure to enter a different reference as long as the person meets the requirements listed earlier.

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The church pays all fees for the application.  Click:  CONTINUE

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To access the Release of Information Form, Click on:  click here, in the first paragraph at the top of the page.

PRINT this form.  Sign the form on the signature line next to where your name is printed, and provide your current address.  Also, fill in the Social Security # if it doesn’t show.  If there is no Social Security # on this form, the back ground check will not be initiated and the application process will not proceed.

SEND the Release of Information Form using one of the options below:

Send the form via US Mail to:

Ms Kathie Monroe

Kansas United Methodist Conference

9440 E Boston, Suite 110

Wichita, KS      67207

Scan the form and send via email to:


Scan the form and send via fax to:



You are now ready to complete the tutorial training portion of Safe Gatherings.  Complete all 10 modules.

When you have completed the session, click:  SUBMIT

You should have your certification in about 3 weeks.   You will be notified via email when your application has been approved.  This email will have a certification expiration date.  Keep a copy of this email for your records. The certification that you receive is valid for 4 years.  At the end of that time, you will need to reapply in order to continue working in a ministry that involves a vulnerable population.

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