2/9 Weather Alert:

Due to inclement weather, all daytime in-person programs have been canceled for Thursday, Feb. 9 at each of our locations and the cafe and bookstore at the Leawood location are closed until 5 pm. Evening programs will be held, as scheduled.

2/12 Reminder:

There is no 5 pm evening worship at the Leawood location. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Resurrection FAQs

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 by visiting our online and/or location pages: Leawood, West, Downtown, Blue Springs, Overland Park, Brookside, Online.

Most of our sermons from 2010 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.

You can worship with us online through our online streaming page. We stream live services on Sundays, and we re-broadcast worship services on your own schedule throughout the week.

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 Resurrection, A United Methodist Church in every area of our ministry.


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 FacebookTwitter, or follow his blog.

We are one church, but we meet in several locations around the Kansas City area: in Leawood, West Olathe, Downtown Kansas City, Blue Springs, Overland Park, and Brookside. 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 location 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.

At Resurrection, we believe that architecture and art can reflect God’s beauty and can draw people closer into relationship with God. As we have built our facilities, we take special care to create sacred space where people can feel God’s presence, whether that’s through prayer walks, stained glass windows, baptismal fonts and fountains, or any of the other beautiful pieces at our four locations.

You can learn more about the details of these artistic elements, including the artists and donors who made them possible, through our Sacred Spaces website.


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.


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.

If you don’t see your question here, we would love to chat with you about your specific request. You can submit a question using our contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can!



est. 2022
Resurrection Brookside opened in 2022 as our sixth location, expanding our worship reach in the Kansas City area. Formerly Central United Methodist Church, Central UMC was Pastor Adam Hamilton’s first appointment and was instrumental in helping to launch Resurrection.

Overland Park

est. 2019
Resurrection increased its city-wide footprint with the addition of its fifth location, Resurrection Overland Park, in 2019.

Blue Springs

est. 2010
Resurrection Blue Springs opened in 2010 as our fourth location, further expanding mission and outreach on the Missouri side of the Kansas City Metro.


est. 2009
In 2009, Resurrection Downtown launched as our third location in the heart of Kansas City. Downtown started in a temporary location before purchasing its first building in 2012. In 2016, Downtown’s new building was the first new church built in downtown Kansas City in 80 years.


est. 2006
Resurrection West launched in 2006 as the church’s second location with the goal of expanding our mission and outreach to people living in Western Johnson County. West began in a middle school before purchasing land and building its permanent space in 2010.


est. 1990
Resurrection launched in 1990 with four people and a dream to reach non-religious and nominally religious people. From there, Resurrection moved from a funeral home chapel, to an elementary school, to its first sanctuary on its own property. Resurrection Leawood continued to grow and opened its permanent sanctuary in 2017.

Ways to Get Involved

Global Impact FAQ

Global Impact FAQ

We love taking people on their first serve trip! There’s never “the perfect time”, but if you are feeling a “nudge”, then you should probably follow it! We have a wide variety of ages on serve trips – from ages 5 to 85 with a wide variety of skills (the most important one being a willingness to serve, listen, and learn with an open mind).  If you are still unsure, click on the “contact” listed on the trip you are interested in. They will be happy to answer any questions you have – either virtually or in-person!


Yes. If you have a willing heart and are open to a relationship with Jesus Christ, you are welcome to register for a Global Impact Ministries serve trip. All criteria and expectations that exist for Resurrection members apply to non-members, with the addition of a reference from a current or past pastor, from a Resurrection member, or from your employer.

No special skills or experience are required. Most trips have a variety of roles and responsibilities; even medical teams need support people. The ability to connect with members of our partner congregations or people in their communities (even with the help of a translator) is as important as any other skill you have. Every team member should expect to be in “learning mode,” ready to do what is asked of them by the local partners. The goal is to come alongside, to learn and to provide genuine, loving support to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Serve teams that are prepared are more successful and have a richer experience. Successful serve trips depend upon the team cooperation and bonding which must begin before departure. We ask that all team members participate in all of the following trainings. If you live outside of the KC area, you can participate in the in-person trainings via Zoom.

  • Community Team Prep (online & in person). If you are unable to attend on the date shown on the trip page, please choose an alternative trip.
  • Safe Gatherings (online)
  • Cultural Training (in person)
  • Emergency Health & Safety and Packing Party (online & in person)
  • Team Commissioning (during worship)
  • Team Debrief & Reunion (post-trip)

Yes, you will be responsible for 100% of the additional expense (including additional airfare, ground costs, and extended travel insurance). Requests for an extension are considered on a case-by-case basis because of plane reservations, liability, etc.

In some instances, Resurrection offers optional extensions or excursions, such as a safari in Africa.

Individuals wishing to extend their stay beyond the scheduled dates of a serve trip will be responsible for arranging their own schedule, transportation and accommodations. Under no circumstances is it acceptable to contact our hosts or ministry partners directly for assistance in making personal arrangements. Please contact our Global Impact Ministries staff for further details.

Resurrection reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any Global Impact Ministries serve trip without notice. If the trip is canceled by Resurrection, you will receive a refund of payments made. A trip would most likely be cancelled due to one of the following conditions:

  • There is a global pandemic in which the U.S. State Department deems it unsafe to travel or the host country has requirements in which would make a serve trip not feasible.
  • Travel conditions or conditions in the host country are deemed to be extremely unsafe. We rely on information and recommendations from the U.S. State Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our ministry partners in making this decision.
  • The serve trip fails to achieve the minimum number of team members required to make the project feasible.

If you can no longer go on the trip, Resurrection will issue a refund for any payments made less expenses incurred by the church on your behalf up to 60 days prior to the trip departure date. If you can cancel your trip between 31-59 days prior to departure, you may receive up to a 50% refund dependent on expenses incurred on your behalf by Resurrection. If you cancel your trip 30 days or less from the departure date, you will receive no refund of any payments made. Each participant should consider purchasing cancellation insurance, which helps in recovering some of the cost of a canceled trip

There are risks involved in any form of travel, and serve trips are no exception. Every precaution is taken to provide safe travel, shelter, food and water for our serve teams beginning with information provided ahead of time and the required training. Participants are also encouraged to review information available online from the State Department regarding travel, as well as current physical and medical precautions.

In Luke 14:25-33, Jesus encourages us to count the cost of discipleship. And, in Philippians 2:1-18, the Apostle Paul offers his perspective on Christian service and sacrifice. In the end, each of us must decide for ourselves when to say, “Here I am, send me.” 

Each team member is provided trip medical insurance (secondary) through Faith Ventures. For more information about this policy, please contact the Global Impact Ministries team for further details. 

Each trip is unique and the most important principle for any successful serving endeavor is flexibility. Nevertheless, a daily and/or weekly schedule is determined before each team departs, and your team leader will share the schedule with you during trip preparation meetings. Every effort is made to include an opportunity to worship with members of the host church, to participate in their regular activities, to play with children, to learn about community life, and to end each day with a team debriefing and devotion. When feasible, a cultural day is arranged to learn more about the country and its people.

The following costs are included in most Global Impact Ministries’ trips:

  • Base trip cost plus airfare in coach
  • Airport fees and departure taxes
  • All meals in the destination country
  • Accommodations
  • Translators
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the Resurrection serve trip (supplementary for those with primary insurance)
  • Contribution to host projects
  • In-country transportation
  • Other items as specified in your team information
  • All necessary travel visas (where applicable)

The following costs are not included in the price of a Global Impact Ministries’ trip:

  • Passport and passport photos
  • Immunizations
  • Checked luggage (if applicable)
  • Additional travel insurance (including cancellation insurance)
  • Optional trip add-ons
  • Spending money for snacks, trinkets, gifts for home
  • Loss of luggage
  • Vandalism
  • Any medical attention requiring payment

Resurrection attempts to operate trips as efficiently as possible to reduce the cost for all participants, however we recognize that international travel requires a significant financial sacrifice. We encourage trip participants to fundraise for their trip in addition to applying for a scholarship. Scholarship application and references must be received at least 4 months prior to the trip. Resurrection scholarship committee will evaluate scholarship applications and all applications will remain anonymous.

If you would like to learn more about Global Serve Trip Scholarships, click here

It is our recommendation that you always check with your personal physician to determine which immunizations or medications (malaria pills, for example) to take. Following are the basic immunizations to discuss with your doctor: Hepatitis A and B; Tetanus/Diphtheria Booster; Measles immunity; Polio booster; Typhoid vaccine; Rabies, if you are concerned about animal contact. You should also discuss malaria prevention (medications are country specific).

Medical information by geographic region is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The Travel and Immunization Clinic of Kansas City is located at 4550 W 109th St, Suite 170, Overland Park, KS 66211 and can offer pre-trip immunization services. Call 913-469-0011 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Global Impact Covid-19 FAQ

The questions below are general in relation to all serve trips in 2023. For questions about trips to a specific location, please contact: 

The safety of our trip participants is our top priority. Resurrection staff works to stay current with CDC recommendations as well as the status of public health in the destination country. There are also ongoing discussions with our partners on the ground to determine the level of risk to trip participants and the local community due to COVID-19. If it is determined to be unsafe, the trip will be canceled and Resurrection will work to make you whole.

Trip participants must agree to follow current Covid-19 safety protocols required by the host country or our partner. These could include wearing masks or social distancing whenever possible while in the country. However, participants may be in close contact with their teammates when traveling, working, or lodging with or without masks, so ultimately it is the decision of each participant to determine their comfort level with any risk and to visit with their personal physician for guidance.

No. Resurrection is following the country-specific requirements for entry into each country which may include requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test prior to departure. Requirements are ever-changing and we will communicate them to trip participants the closer the trip is to departure. For questions regarding this requirement, please contact Joyce.appel@cor.org for Honduras and Costa Rica trips or sheree.reece@cor.org for South Africa, Malawi, Uganda, or Haiti trips. If in doubt regarding travel, participants should contact their physician.

We will follow the guidelines of the CDC, the State Department, and host country. 

We will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the State Department. We are closely monitoring policies, it is unlikely that trip participants will need to quarantine before they travel or when they arrive in-country. We ask that each trip participant refrain from engaging in high-risk activities for two weeks prior to departure.

If a trip participant tests positive while in-country, they may be required to quarantine in-country and/or wear a N95 mask until they return. Faith Ventures (secondary insurance to your primary healthcare insurance will be provided on your behalf to cover most, if not all costs incurred due to COVID-19. The country host will help with the logistics of lodging, food, transportation, and medical care, if needed.

If you can no longer go on the trip, Resurrection will issue a refund for any payments made less expenses incurred by the church on your behalf up to 60 days prior to the trip departure date. If you can cancel your trip between 31-59 days prior to departure, you may receive up to a 50% refund dependent on expenses incurred on your behalf by Resurrection. If you cancel your trip 30 days or less from the departure date, you will receive no refund of any payments made. 

If the church cancels the trip due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you have the option to:

  • Donate your funds to the partner you would have been serving
  • Donate funds to the Global Serve Trip Scholarship Fund
  • Receive a refund