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27 Jun

Young Preachers Festival

Contact Info:

Kari Burgess

Time & Date

Event Starts:
06/27/2018 10:00AM
Event Ends:
06/28/2018 5:00PM
Time Zone

CT - Central Time


United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224
United States

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Event Details

The Church of the Resurrection is investing in future leaders of The United Methodist Church with the Young Preachers Festival, June 27-28 at its Leawood, Kansas, campus.

The Church of the Resurrection has partnered with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as part of the Young Clergy Initiative to encourage and equip the next generation of leaders for The United Methodist Church. The gathering is designed specifically to engage and empower young people across the country to pursue their call to ministry and to help further inspire and develop preaching gifts in those who have already answered that call.

The festival is intended for those ages 18-34 who are graduating high school seniors, college-age ministry participants, seminary students, declared candidates for ordination, youth directors and young clergy already serving in churches.

The festival’s featured preachers/speakers include Adam Hamilton, Sarah Heath, Kevin Murriel, Jerusha Neal, Charley Reeb and Scott Chrostek.

Experiences for festival participants include:

• Learning about the craft of preaching, sermon preparation and preaching skills from the panel of featured speakers. 

• Participating in inspiring worship and hearing some of today’s denominational leaders preach the gospel.

• Preparing and presenting a sermon and receiving feedback.

• Meeting and connecting with other young church leaders. 

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.

This year’s event marks the third United Methodist Young Preachers Festival; previous festivals held in 2015 and 2016 drew 150 participants each. The limited number of attendees allows for maximized time with colleagues and ministry leaders alike. 

For more information, contact: Kari Burgess, ShareChurch Communications Program Director, at or 913-232-4139.