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Churches helping churches: ShareChurch is a resource for church leaders with fresh and practical ideas to inspire, encourage and equip other churches and leaders – unlocking and unleashing the potential of churches to reach their communities.


One way we work to equip churches and leaders is through leadership training events such as the annual Leadership Institute where more than 2000 leaders gather annually to be equipped, renewed, and inspired.

Other leadership events in 2016 include:

  • Congregational Care Ministry Seminar – April 7th – 9th, 2016
  • Young Preachers Festival & Conference – July 21st – 22nd, 2016
  • Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit – August 11th – 12th, 2016
  • Leadership Institute – September 29th - 30th, 2016 (Pre-Institute September 28th)



Each year Resurrection welcomes thousands of pastors and church leaders to our church for conferences and learning experiences coordinated by ShareChurch (Catalyst Ministry). You can be part of this exciting ministry and our vision to renew the church. Each conference needs volunteers to serve on a variety of hospitality teams. If you are interested in serving on this team, please fill out this online form. We will add you to our email list to receive information about volunteering for each conference.

Links to sign up for specific conferences will be posted here approximately 6 weeks prior to each event.

+-Contact us

Program Leader: 

Debi Nixon

+-Congregational Care Ministry Seminar

Dates:  April 7th – 9th, 2016


Registration will open in early January. Please check here for a link to registration.


A detailed schedule will be available in early January.  Conference will start mid-day Thursday, April 7th and conclude mid-day April 9th

Who Should Attend? 

Pastors and church staff looking to launch a CCM program at their church and volunteers looking to be certified as Congregational Care Ministers (CCM’s) for churches who have a CCM program starting or in place.

What will I Learn?

This three-day seminar, presented by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe and Pastor Wendy Chrostek and the Congregational Care team is designed to prepare lay volunteers to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for your congregation as Congregational Care Ministers. The training is based on Pastor Karen’s book The Caring Congregation, which serves as a manual to guide pastors and churches to organize their congregations for care and equip people to listen, visit, comfort and encourage congregants.

With this training volunteers will be empowered to make hospital visits, telephone persons in need of contact, meet one-on-one with persons in need of a listening ear for prayer and encouragement, offer support to grieving families and proactively seek to encourage and care for persons in need.

Upon completion of this seminar, volunteers will be equipped to provide care on behalf of the church. They will develop active listening skills and theologically appropriate responses, as well as be given Scripture suggestions for various situations.

Topics to be covered: Organizational Development, Wesleyan Way of Care, Boundaries and Ethical Practices, Listening, Older Adult Ministry, Hospital Visits, Death and Prayer.

What will I Experience?

  • Plenary sessions led by Executive Pastor Karen Lampe and Pastor Wendy Chrostek with videos and interviews of our pastoral staff, Congregational Care Ministers and congregants
  • Connect with peers in care ministry at churches of all sizes from across the nation
  • Experience Resurrection's Care Night by participating in the Care Night community dinner Thursday evening
  • Worship and devotions led by our worship team
  • Commissioning Service on Saturday morning
  • CCM’s available to facilitate small group discussion and answer questions

What does it cost? 

Prices will be available when registration opens in early January.


You may book a room with one of our partner hotels through this link: CCM Seminar Partner Hotels

Watch how the CCM model has impacted our congregation:

See what others have said about how attending the CCM training has helped their church:

Testimonials for CCM Seminar

Resurrection CCM Requirements:

Download CCM Requirements Document

+-Young Preachers Festival & Conference

Dates: July 21st - 22nd, 2016

Schedule and Registration will be available in mid-January.

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is honored to host this event in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education Ministry (GBHEM).

Detailed information about the Young Preachers Festival & Conference 2016 will be available in January. Please fill out the form below to receive an informational email when details are available:

Request More Information about the Young Preachers Festival & Conference

+-Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek Leadership Summit - registration is now open for 2016!

Whether at church, school, business or home, you are leading people and projects every day. You're leading in a culture that is constantly changing and redefining itself. Leadership takes perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways.

August 11-12, 2016, you're invited to gather with thousands of leaders across North American for The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Commit now to be a part of this annual event designed to stretch and challenge you with world-class speakers, interactive dialogue and practical training. We are pleased to host The Global Leadership Summit 2016 live broadcast at both our Leawood and Blue Springs Campuses. Register for the site that is most convenient for you.

Host Site: The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Leawood Campus #126

Non Church of the Resurrection Members/Attendees register here - Leawood

Host Site: The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection Blue Springs Campus #368

Non Church of the Resurrection Members/Attendees register here - Blue Springs

For more information including the schedule, speakers bios and more visit

+-Leadership Institute

Save the Date!

Leadership Institute 2016: 

September 29th - 30th (Pre-Institute September 28th)

Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection brings together clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a passion for renewing churches.

Lean in to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by investing in your leadership and leaders of your church. Leaders with fresh ideas, renewed focus and inspired by the Holy Spirit are able to unleash the potential of a church and community. Bring your ministry leaders to the largest mainline church training event in the country and be equipped, renewed and inspired. 

Join 2,000 church leaders from across the country and around the world for inspiring plenary sessions, 80+ ministry specific workshops, guest speakers with fresh and innovative ideas and worship, prayer, fellowship and encouragement. Over the past 15 years, more than 20,000 leaders have returned to their congregations and communities ready to “Go and Lead” with impact, vitality, excellence, passion and boldness. 

Visit the Leadership Institute website

+-Partner Church

Partner Churches

Our vision for the Partner Church Ministry is to work with churches throughout the country in an effort to renew The United Methodist Church, so that together we can more effectively change lives and transform whole communities through the power of Jesus Christ.

Our dream has been that through this partnership model, hundreds of small churches will band together as a modern day version of the circuit rider system which led to the original growth of our denomination. Each church retains their complete independence and charge through their respective conference. Yet, they have access to resources and training through Church of the Resurrection and the other churches involved in this ministry. 

Imagine the impact of hundreds of already established congregations banding together to share powerful tools in order to provide the very best ministry to their communities! 

Together - in partnership with one another - we can be a model for ministry that leads to renewal and revitalization within our denomination and other mainline churches. To explore whether being a Partner Church is right for your church and to learn about what Resurrection provides, how we deliver ministry tools, as well as our expectations, contact Jonathan Bell at

Our current partner churches for 2015 are:

  • Del Rosa UMC, San Bernardino, CA
  • First UMC, Highland, CA
  • First UMC, Roseville, CA
  • Hastings UMC, Hastings, MN
  • Highfill UMC, Highfill, AR
  • New Horizons UMC, Columbia, MO
  • St. Luke’s UMC, Odessa, TX
  • St. Paul’s UMC, San Bernardino, CA
  • Wyandotte UMC, Kansas City, KS

+-ShareChurch Staff

Debi Nixon

Managing Executive Director of ShareChurch and Regional Campuses


Jonathan Bell

Director of Partner Church Ministry and Academic Collaboration with Saint Paul School of Theology


Kari Burgess

Program Director of ShareChurch Communications and Customer Relations


Kathy Carter

Program Director of ShareChurch Ministry


Sherri Comfort

Coordinating Assistant of ShareChurch Ministry


Janice Updike

Executive Assistant to the Managing Executive Director