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Leadership Institute 2019
 
Dear Church Leaders,
 
We’re grateful for your interest, support or past attendance at Church of the Resurrection’s Leadership Institute.  This year we’re changing our format, for one year only, in response to the events taking place in the United Methodist Church at this time, events which may lead to the denomination restructuring or dividing in May of 2020. We’re finalizing details and expect to open registration on July 1.
 
Resurrection has, for 29 years, been committed to the revitalization of the UMC.  Our resources have been used by over 15,000 United Methodist Churches.  We’ve provided leadership training to over 40,000 United Methodist leaders.  We continue to be committed to the future of the denomination.
 
Because of the urgency of this moment in history for United Methodists, we’re changing the format for our Leadership Institute this year only.  The event will be aimed at helping United Methodists navigate and lead through what’s likely coming for the UMC.
 
In 2020, we’ll return to our normal ecumenical format and design.  We’ve already lined up Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the leader of the Episcopal Church and the man who touched millions when he preached at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, to be one of our keynote speakers for 2020.  It will be the best Leadership Institute yet!
 
But if you are not United Methodist, this fall will be a sabbatical from our regular Leadership Institute as we focus this fall’s LI on the future of the United Methodist Church.   
 
We hope to have leaders from 1,500 United Methodist churches joining us for Leadership Institute September 25-27.  We’re limiting participation to two people from each congregation so we can accommodate these 1,500 churches.  
 
We’ll have six Pre-Institute workshops during the day on Wednesday, September 25.  That evening we’ll kick off LI with powerful worship and a compelling vision for Methodism in the 21st century including the plan for the future of the UMC that will have emerged as one most likely to be approved at 2020’s General Conference.
 
On Thursday, September 26th and Friday morning September 27th, we’ll have a host of presentations ranging from Leading a Divided Church, to The Debate Over Human Sexuality and the Bible, to a panel discussion with leading bishops of the United Methodist Church.  We’re also setting aside two hours for participants from each annual conference to meet with their colleagues to develop plans for hosting a similar conversation in each annual conference. 
 
This will be the most important gathering this fall for United Methodists as we prepare our congregations and annual conferences for the future, and as we, together, help shape that future.  If you are a United Methodist, you’ll want to make sure that one or two people from your congregation are present for this historic and important gathering!
 
For those who are not United Methodists, if you would like to opt out of receiving our LI e-mails for this year only, please let us know by submitting your email address through the button below:
 
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United Methodists, please connect with your pastor to decide which two people will represent your congregation at this event. Then, be on the lookout for an email on July 1 with a link to live registration.
 
It’s going to be an exciting Leadership Institute and I hope to see you in Kansas City!
 
Adam Hamilton
PS:  Here are a few bullet points of why, if you are UM, you should have someone from your congregation at this gathering in September:
You will…
  • Catch a leadership vision for a future that reflects a vibrant, missional United Methodist Church, one that is passionately Wesleyan and authentically Christian, drawing all people into relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Learn about the latest opportunities and the potential impact on your local church from leaders who are currently charting various courses forward, including: staying and reforming within our current structure, disaffiliating from the UMC to start something new, and dissolving the UMC to multiply into two or three new Methodist expressions.
  • Be equipped to lead difficult conversations, navigate change, and build consensus in your ministry context, as you seek to affirm the full participation in the church of people of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities.
  • Leave prepared to lead a movement within your Annual Conference to win hearts and minds to the center and eliminate discriminatory language, restrictions and penalties in the UM Book of Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons.
Details and registration will be available beginning July 1 at li.cor.org.
 
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