• A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference
    A Church Divided: Sermon from General Conference

    In this sermon, Rev. Adam Hamilton considers the first major division in Christianity, recorded in Acts 15, over whether Gentile believers needed to be circumcised and obey the Law of Moses. He also shares about The United Methodist Church’s divide and our bishops’ proposal for the church going forward regarding same-sex marriage -- which, like the apostles’ solution in Acts 15, is a compromise that makes room for conservatives and progressives in the church. Adam also shares personal reflections on the proposal, both in light of scripture and the prevalence of conflict and division in the early church -- noting that nearly every book of the New Testament addresses conflict, and they all offer the same answer.

  • Annual Planning Meeting Agenda
    Annual Planning Meeting Agenda

    This is the agenda for Church of the Resurrection's West Campus annual one-day planning meeting. This basic agenda has been used for more than 5 years. As the number of staff has grown, they have divided the day, with ministry department leaders coming for the morning, joined by the rest of the staff at lunch for the remainder of the day.

  • New Ministry Discernment Tool
    New Ministry Discernment Tool

    Evaluating and choosing between new ideas for ministry is an important responsibility and a challenge faced by every church. This resource is used by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in vetting all new ministry ideas and proposals. It has been cited as a key element in the church's clarity of purpose and vision alignment.

  • New Places for New People
    New Places for New People

    Effectively creating new places for new people is at the heart of our mission as a church. It comes directly from the commission Jesus gave his disciples “go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, The Message) What are the new places we can create inside and outside the church to develop relationships with new people? How does scripture guide us in that process? How is God seeking to do a new thing in our midst? The Good News of Jesus Christ is meant to be shared. Our focus in this series is to seek how God is leading us as disciples to be that connectional component - New Places for New People.

    Here you will find tools to plan a 7-week sermon series on “New Places for New People” including weekly themes, key scriptures, sermon building points and weekly sample worship order.

  • Resurrection Family Meeting: General Conference Next Steps
    Resurrection Family Meeting: General Conference Next Steps
    This town hall with Pastor Adam Hamilton took place at the Leawood, KS campus of Church of the Resurrection on Sunday, March 3, 2019. It is a follow-up conversation related to the special session of the United Methodist General Conference that took place February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, MO.
  • Strategic Planning
    Strategic Planning

    This PowerPoint presentation was used for a session on Strategic Planning at the Radical Hospitality Conference conducted at Church of the Resurrection April 4-5, 2019.

  • Tool for Starting a New Pastorate
    Tool for Starting a New Pastorate

    In starting a new pastoral assignment, United Methodist pastors typically meet with the group of people serving as the church's Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. Although one of the most important relationships, when it comes to the shared ministry of the pastor and his or her new congregation, these are often fraught with unspoken assumptions and expectations. This tool was designed to be used by pastors in that first introductory meeting to get aquainted with the new Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, clarify values and surface potential land mines.