• Student Ministries Fall Retreat Curriculum - Come to the Table
    Student Ministries Fall Retreat Curriculum - Come to the Table

    Are you planning a retreat for your students?  Whether it be a weekend away or maybe just an overnighter, here you will find an overall theme and curriculum for multiple small group sessions for your students and volunteer leaders.

    Over the course of the retreat is an invitation for students to COME TO THE TABLE. All of the stories incorporate this theme…the invitation to, the community around, the sacrifice offered at…the table. The visual of the table serves as a reminder to students of the transformational power and love of Jesus Christ.

     

  • Student Ministries Fall Retreat Curriculum - Story
    Student Ministries Fall Retreat Curriculum - Story
    Are you planning a retreat for your students?  Whether it be a weekend away or maybe just an overnighter, here you will find an overall theme and curriculum for multiple small group sessions for your students and volunteer leaders.

    Over the course of four worship sessions during the Metamorphosis retreat students will hear the stories of 4 different people in the Gospels who meet Jesus and whose lives and stories are forever changed. The messages during worship time will also feature stories and testimonies from speakers and students. Students will be challenged to identify and name their own stories, to identify parts of their story they want to make different going forward, and to allow God’s story to become the defining story of their lives.
     
  • Student Ministries Forms
    Student Ministries Forms

    Being in youth ministry is often overwhelming, but with the right tools it can be a success for all involved.  Here you’ll find some different forms used by Church of the Resurrection's Student Ministry team which might be beneficial to your ministry as well, such as scholarships, consent forms and more.

  • Sustaining a Special Needs Ministry
    Sustaining a Special Needs Ministry

    Interview with Jennifer Ross, Director of Matthew's Ministry, the special needs population ministry at Church of the Resurrection.  Jennifer discusses how to sustain this type of ministry from volunteers to financial considerations.

  • The Art of Awkward Conversation
    The Art of Awkward Conversation

    Awkward conversations. We’ve all had them, and most of us cringe just thinking about them. Whether it's politics or family or social media, conversations can go south quickly. Thankfully, the Bible has something to say about this. Jesus found himself in quite a few awkward conversations, so we can learn how to navigate them with grace and humility by studying Jesus' tactics.

    In our current sociopolitical climate, it's obvious that we need to learn to talk to each other again. This six-session small group curriculum is designed to help you talk about awkward conversations - how to have them, how to move past them, and what God can teach us about grace in the midst of them. So, come on, let's talk.

  • The Church Communicators Tool Box
    The Church Communicators Tool Box
    Resources from Cathy Bien's pre-institute workshop "The Church Communicators Tool Box" during Leadership Institute 2017 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
  • The Essentials of Children's Ministry
    The Essentials of Children's Ministry
    Resources from Lori Trupp and Nick Ransom's pre-institute workshop "The Essentials of Children's Ministry" during Leadership Institute 2017 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
  • The Living Room
    The Living Room
    Sometimes it’s just hard to talk about the tough stuff. Let’s get comfortable, like we are sitting in our living room and just have a conversation about these real issues that teenagers face today. Join Sam Johnson, Church of the Resurrection's High School Minister, as she leads us through a two week video series with curriculum, including stress and anxiety for week one and depression and suicide for week two.
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Traditional and Contemporary Music Ministry
    The Nuts and Bolts of Traditional and Contemporary Music Ministry
    Resources from Kevin Bogan and Lance Winkler's pre-institute workshop "The Nuts and Bolts of Traditional and Contemporary Music Ministry" during Leadership Institute 2017 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.


     
  • The Power of Words
    The Power of Words

    Words have power.  With our words we insult, or encourage, we curse or we bless.  With them we build trust or tear it down. Our words have the power to strengthen relationships or to destroy them.  In our political life, words have the potential to further divide us, or to bring us together.  And while we were taught as children that sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never harm us, we each have been hurt by the words of others. The Bible notes that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”  This four-week sermon series from Church of the Resurrection addresses the power of our words, how we might avoid using our words to harm, and four keys to using our words in ways that give life. You will find here all the series resources that were produced, along with the weekly sermons.

  • The Reformation: 500 Years and Counting
    The Reformation: 500 Years and Counting
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    500 years ago Martin Luther changed history forever. His hammer, nail and list of 95 beliefs so rocked the most powerful empire of his day that he was tried, convicted and excommunicated from the only life he’d ever known.
                                                             
    What did he believe that was so explosive? What did he assert that would cause the government to deem it a crime for anyone to offer him food or shelter? How did Martin Luther ultimately reform the Christian faith and change the world?
     
    This 3-week sermon series investigates one of the most pivotal figures in human history and the Reformation he began.  You will find here the weekly sermons, promo video and Grow, Pray and Study Guide for the series. Churches may use these sermons in adult Sunday School and Bible studies to learn about the Reformation as we mark the 500 year anniversary in October 2017.
    • Week 1 Sermon - A film crew has captured video from historic sites in Rome as Pastor Adam tells the story of Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.
    • Week 2 Sermon: Filmed on location in Germany, this sermon takes you to Erfurt where Luther went to school, took his vows of priesthood and was ordained; to Wittenberg to visit his home and the church where he preached more than 2,000 sermons; to Wartburg Castle where he translated the New Testament into German; and back to Wittenberg where he composed A Mighty Fortress is Our God and was laid to rest. The film crew was given rare access to Luther’s room at Wartburg and his cell at the monastery in Erfurt.
    • Week 3 Sermon: Reformation comes home. Preached at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, this sermon focuses on the perpetual need – in the Church and in our own spiritual lives – for reform.  Acknowledging that we always “see through a glass dimly,” as the Apostle Paul notes in 1 Corinthians 13, this series concludes with an exploration of tendencies we all face and tensions that develop within the church which often lead us to stray and even to divide.
  • The Way of the Cross Prayer Trail
    The Way of the Cross Prayer Trail

    Church of the Resurrection's West Campus has developed a 1-mile walking trail for use year round as a place of prayer and reflection. Along the trail is an experience simiar to the "Stations of the Cross." This "Way of the Cross" is a modern adaptation of an old Christian tradition, dating back to the fifth century. The fourteen traditional Stations of the Cross mark the passages from the moment Jesus was condemned to death until his burial in the tomb. Church of the Resurrection has added a 15th for reflecting on the church’s namesake, “The Resurrection of the Christ.” The resources here could be as inspiration and content to create a similar experience. Included are the double-sided "trail markers," the text for each station (used for the electronic version found at www.cor.org/west/prayertrail for people to follow using an electronic device), and a printable booklet for people who prefer to use a hardcopy version.

     

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