Young Preachers Festival

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Greetings from Pastor Adam Hamilton and The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection!

As leaders in your Conference responsible for cultivating a call to ministry in young leaders, we wanted you to know that Church of the Resurrection will host the Young Preachers Festival June 27 – 28 at our Leawood, KS campus.

We share with you a great vision of raising up and equipping the next generation of leaders for The United Methodist Church and want to partner in this endeavor. The Festival is designed to:

  • foster a call to ministry
  • provide networking and support to those discerning and pursuing a call to ministry
  • provide practical tools and training in sermon preparation and presentation
  • provide guidance to hone these skills through the opportunity to give a sermon and receive feedback

Featured Speakers for the Festival include several leading preachers from the denomination, including: Adam Hamilton, Sarah Heath, Kevin Murriel, Jerusha Neal, Charley Reeb, and Scott Chrostek. Details for the Festival can be found at: .

As a unique opportunity for 2018, the Festival will be held concurrently with the South Central Jurisdiction Bishops’ Week , providing a great opportunity for participants to meet and interact with several active bishops. The Opening Session of the Festival will feature a greeting from the Bishops and a presentation on Excellence in Wesleyan Preaching. Opportunity to continue the conversation follows the Opening Session at a lunch with the Bishops, which is sure to enrich the Festival participants’ experience.

Three years ago, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry awarded Church of the Resurrection a Young Clergy Initiative grant which helps us keep the cost to a minimum. We are grateful to offer the Festival at a rate of just $79 (plus $20 to add a Preaching Feedback Session).

We know you share our passion for encouraging young leaders, and would we love to think creatively with you about ways to provide opportunities for young leaders in your Annual Conference to attend. Would you consider:

  • Allocating funds for scholarships and travel stipends for young leaders in your Conference and actively promoting the scholarship throughout your network
  • Attending this year’s Festival and then consider hosting your own festival next year

It would be our pleasure to work with you to design a program tailored to fit the needs of your ministry, in order to maximize participation of young leaders from your Conference. Please contact Kari Burgess at or 913-232-4139 to discuss details.Details and registration may be found at . Please let us know how we can support you in sharing this message. You may contact Kari Burgess at or call 913-232-4139 .