Common Questions

What do you believe?

Resurrection is part of the United Methodist denomination, the second largest Protestant denomination in America, and we uphold our heritage by pursuing ministry in keeping with this tradition. We seek to be generous in spirit, broadminded, devoted to Jesus Christ, and wholly surrendered to God. We strive for personal holiness by inviting people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, and we pursue social holiness in the public sphere by addressing key issues of our time so that our world will look more like the Kingdom of God.

United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians, holding to the historic essentials of the Christian faith.  We have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.   We are “people of the Book,” whose faith is firmly rooted in and built upon the scriptures. We hold the Bible to be divinely inspired and are committed to live by its words and we recognize the Bible was written by people who heard God in the light of their own cultural and historical circumstances. As such, we make use of scholarship and study the scriptures carefully. When we encounter theological differences, we bear in mind John Wesley’s approach, “in essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”

We believe the goal of the Christian life is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself.  From the beginning of the Methodist movement, we were known as “reasonable enthusiasts,” those who are both emotionally and intellectually engaged. We value passionate worship, relevant preaching, small groups to hold Christians accountable to one another, and serving those who are in need. We value the spiritual disciplines and take a “methodical” approach to growing in the faith. United Methodists value the full participation of women and men, people of all backgrounds in every facet of fellowship and leadership within the church and society. 

This is our heritage, and it continues to shape the Church of the Resurrection in every area of our ministry.

What are your service times and what should I expect?

You should expect to be warmly greeted and to feel right at home on your first visit. You’re certain to find friendly people who are ready to help you find your way without overwhelming you. And whether you’ve been to a church before or not, you’ll find that the worship service is simple to follow, the teachings are meaningful, thoughtful and relevant to your life, and there are no insider secrets. In fact, our church was built from the ground up for visitors like you, and we expect that at the end of the service, you’ll want to come back.

Each service varies in worship style and personality and music styles range from traditional to contemporary. There is certainly a service that feels like home for you. You can find out more about service times and styles on the First Visit page.

Who is your senior pastor?

Adam Hamilton is our church’s founding and senior pastor. He has been married to LaVon for over 30 years, with two daughters and one granddaughter. You can read more about Adam in his staff bio. In addition to his role as Senior Pastor, Adam has authored 22 books that are known for helping readers to make sense of challenging theological questions, exploring the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. To follow Adam, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or follow his blog.

What should I expect at your four locations?

We are one church, but we meet in four locations around the Kansas City area: in Leawood, West Olathe, Downtown Kansas City and Blue Springs. Each location uniquely fits within its own context and has its own ministry leaders. But all of our locations share a common purpose, vision and resources. This allows each campus to draw from the creative resources of a large church while still maintaining the relevance in the local community.

Worship is live at each location, though Pastor Adam typically preaches live in Leawood with the sermons delivered to the other locations via video. No matter which location you attend, you’ll find friendly people who are ready for your visit.

How do I become a member of Resurrection?

If you are considering membership at Resurrection, we invite you to attend a Coffee with the Pastor session offered every few months throughout the year. You'll learn more about the church, get to know our pastors and staff and discover the expectations of our members. You can learn more about Coffee with the Pastors here.

I’m a leader in another church. Do you have tools and resources to share?

We are passionate about helping to strengthen other churches and we love to share resources, including the print and digital designs we create, the forms we use, the curriculum we develop and even the hard lessons we’re learning. Many of these tools are available through our resource-sharing website sharechurch.com. We also host conferences for church leaders, such as the annual Leadership Institute. Find out more about our how we’re working with other churches at ShareChurch.

How can I view past sermons?

Most of our sermons from 2009 to the present are available in our sermon library on this site. These, along with older sermons, are also available for purchase through our bookstore, The Well.

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