Join us & fellow church leaders September 25-27, 2024 for a transformative experience – including dynamic speakers, practical sessions and vibrant community to equip you with the tools and renewal you need for a new day in ministry.

Keynote & Featured Speakers

Adam Hamilton

Senior Pastor | Resurrection
Adam is the founding pastor of Resurrection, a United Methodist Church in Leawood, Kansas, that is one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. and has been named the most influential mainline church by The Church Report. He is a bestselling author with books published by Abingdon Press. He and his wife LaVon have two grown daughters and one grand-daughter.
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Kara Powell

Executive Director | Fuller Youth Institute
Kara Powell, PhD, heads Fuller Youth Institute and is Chief of Leadership Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. Named one of “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today, she's authored books like "Growing With" and serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange. Kara resides in California with her family.
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Candace Lewis

President | Gammon Theological Seminary
Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis is the 17th President/Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary, the first woman in its 138-year history. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, she's had 25 years in ministry, planting churches, and serving as a denominational Executive and District Superintendent. She's also a consultant, coach, and co-author of "Resurgence."
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Brian McLaren

Author, Activist, Public Theologian
Brian, a former college English teacher and pastor, advocates for a progressive Christianity focused on justice and cooperation among faiths. As an Auburn Senior Fellow and contributor to We Stand With Love, he's a leader in the Convergence Network, crafting new training programs for pastors and church planters.
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Kenny Jahng

Founder | AI for Church Leaders
Kenny, editor-in-chief of and founder of AI for Church Leaders, has a community of 5,000+ pastors and church staff. He's served as Church Online Pastor at a Fastest Growing Church listed by Outreach Magazine. With clients like American Bible Society and Redeemer Presbyterian Church, he's a sought-after speaker on digital engagement strategies.
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Blake Bradford

Author, Arkansas District Superintendent
Blake, an ordained United Methodist clergyperson, is dedicated to coaching Christian leaders in disciple-making and world transformation. With diverse church experience, including as a district superintendent and executive pastor, he's authored five books like "Mission Possible" and "IMPACT!" He's also a skilled conflict mediator and holds a second-degree black belt.
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Jim Ozier

Church Coach, Consultant, Author
Jim is a seasoned church coach, consultant, and author who has trained over 20,000 pastors in 30+ United Methodist conferences. Keynoting major events and serving as Director of New Church Development for the North Texas Conference, he has led church growth and revitalization efforts across diverse contexts, including large churches and inner-city missions.
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Yvette Thibodeaux

Church Coach, Consultant, Mentor
Yvette, a gifted church coach and consultant, transitioned from a successful corporate career to support her husband, lead pastor at Impact Church in Atlanta. With expertise in marketing, communications, and strategy, she's assisted Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits, now focusing her efforts on enhancing church effectiveness.
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Paul Chilcote

Research Fellow | Wesley House
Paul, a Research Fellow at Wesley House in Cambridge, is a third-generation ordained elder with extensive experience in United Methodist ministry and academia. He's contributed to the launch of institutions like Africa University and Asbury Theological Seminary in Florida. An author of over thirty books, he's deeply engaged in historical theology and Wesleyan studies.
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Leadership Institute is for YOU!

Work or volunteer for a church? Passionate about sharing God’s love with your community? Eager to meet others who share this purpose?

Leadership Institute at Resurrection in Leawood, KS is uniquely designed to equip, inspire and remind you – whose you are and who we’re called to be. 

What are you waiting for?

Join us and experience:

  • A diverse community, ready to connect and learn
  • Powerful worship
  • Four dynamic and relevant keynote speakers
  • Practical featured sessions to choose from
  • Time for renewal, networking, team building and more.

Pre-Conference + Leadership Institute

$ 278
  • Don't just attend Leadership Institute! Come early (in person only) for our Pre-Conference Workshops starting Wednesday morning.
Super Early Bird

Leadership Institute

$ 199
  • Kicking off Wednesday night, includes all Keynote & Featured Sessions, as well as the unique opportunity to connect in-person with other leaders!
Super Early Bird

Leadership Institute

$ 79
  • Experience Leadership Institute from anywhere! Join us online & have access to live Online Hosts and all Keynote and Featured Sessions.
Super Early Bird
Super Early Bird Pricing Ends July 15th!
Registering 5 or more? Use code "LIGroup" for a special discount!

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