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Churches helping churches: ShareChurch, a ministry of the Church of the Resurrection, 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.

Learn more about Leadership Institute:

Save the Date for 2017 Conferences:

  • Congregational Care Ministry Seminar - April 27-29, 2017
  • Young Preachers Festival & Conference - July 19-21, 2017
  • Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit - August 10-11, 2017
  • Leadership Institute - September 27-29, 2017



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. 

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

Check back in 2017 for new events.

If you are interested in receiving newsletters about upcoming serving opportunities, please fill out this online form. We will add you to our email list to receive information about volunteering for each conference.

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Program Leader: 

Debi Nixon

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+-Congregational Care Ministry Seminar

Dates:  April 27-29, 2017


Registration will be available starting in January 2017

The below information pertains specifically to the 2016 CCM Seminar.  Schedule, rates and hotels will be updated and available in January 2017.  Please use this information as a guide as to what to expect for the 2017 training.

Schedule: (2016 Schedule)

Click here for the CCM Seminar Schedule

Who Should Attend? 

Pastors and church staff looking to launch a CCM program at their church and volunteers looking to become Congregational Care Ministers (CCM’s) for churches who have a new or existing CCM program.

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?  (2016 Rates)

Super Early Bird $140 through Feb 3
Early Bird $160 Feb 4 through March 16
Standard Pricing $200

Travel Information: (2016 Partner Hotels)

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

Church of the Resurrection does not provide transportation to and from the conference. You may rent a car at Kansas City International Airport or check their website for shuttle services. The preferred hotel providers do not provide shuttle service to and from the church. Please plan accordingly.

Lunch and Learn Sessions:

Two Lunch and Learn Sessions will be available during the Friday lunch.  Pick up your box lunch and join others to dig deeper into one of two topics described below.  Lunch and Learn sessions are optional and you may choose to enjoy lunch in the Student Center in fellowship with other attendees instead of participating in a Lunch and Learn.  Registration is required and you will be asked to select your session during the registration process. 

Live Well - Simple, Effective Depression and Anxiety Ministry:  If we get the science right, we can get the care right. Learn a turn-key Depression and Anxiety Ministry you can use in your setting that has reduced symptoms in 90% of participants at Resurrection.  Grab your box lunch and join Pastor Steven Blair in this discussion.

Development of Support Groups and Care Classes: Come and enjoy some lunch as Sherry Danner talks about ideas on establishing and sustaining support groups and care classes as part of ongoing care for your congregation and community.

Are Continuing Education Credits (CEU's) available?

Saint Paul School of Theology will be offering CEU’s for full participation. For more information and to apply for CEU credit, visit this link. Scroll down to find the Congregational Care Ministry event. Pre-payment may be made using the link and certificates will be available for pick up during the event at the Saint Paul School of Theology offices, located in the same building as the Seminar. 1.5 CE Credits.

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:

For your reference, you are welcome to download the following document with Church of the Resurrection's internal requirements to become a CCM for our congregation.  These are not requirements for outside churches.  However, you are welcome reference this document as you design requirements for your own congregation.

Download CCM Requirements Document

Contact Information:

If you would like additional details about the CCM Seminar, need assistance with registration or have a question, please contact us!

Kathy Carter: or 913-544-0272 - for general questions, hotels

Kari Burgess: or 913-232-4139 - for general questions, registration

+-Young Preachers Festival & Conference

Dates: July 19-21, 2017

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).

Registration will be available in February 2017.

Please visit the event website for the 2016 Festival for general information about what you can expect for the 2017 event:

Young Preachers Festival and Conference Information and Registration

+-Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit

Willow Creek Leadership Summit - registration is now open for 2017!

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 10-11, 2017, 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 2017 live broadcast at both our Leawood and Blue Springs Campuses. Register for the site that is most convenient for you.

Check your weekend bulletin or call the church office at 913-897-0120 for the Host Site Member and Regular Attendee Password to receive the Host Site Rate. 

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 2017 will be held September 27-29, 2017.

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 rekindled hope for the future are able to unleash the potential of a church and community.

Bring your ministry leaders to one of the largest mainline church training events in the country where more than 25,000 leaders over the past 18 years have come to be equipped, renewed and inspired in God’s call to ministry in their life.  Year over year, church leaders return bringing a team in order to expand the impact of practical leadership principles and inspirational and visionary teaching with a spirit of renewal.

Details and registration for Leadership Institute 2017 will be available in May 2017.  Please feel free to review the information about LI 2016 as a guide as you make initial plans for 2017: Please contact us at with questions.

Resources from 2016 workshops can be found at Filter to find the workshop name.

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 2016 are:

  • Asbury UMC, Ponca City, OK
  • First UMC, Roseville, CA
  • Hastings UMC, Hastings, MN
  • Highfill UMC, Highfill, AR
  • New Horizons UMC, Columbia, MO
  • Ruthven UMC, Ruthven, IA
  • St. Paul’s UMC, San Bernardino, CA
  • Wright's Chapel UMC, Ruther Glen, VA
  • 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