Adam Hamilton

Pastor Adam's Enote

Worship: Important to God, Because It's Important for Us

Posted Jul 26, 2019

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Dear Resurrection Family,

I hope you are doing well on this beautiful summer day. The cooler temperatures this week are a welcome reprieve from last week’s heat.

This weekend our campus pastors are preaching at each campus and at Leawood, Rev. Chris Abel, our Pastor to Students and Young Adults will preach. Chris is an inspiring preacher and he has a message that will bless and encourage you. If you are out of town, plan to join us online.

I recently tweeted a short message about the importance of worship that I wanted to share with you, trying to capture why worship matters in 280 characters or less:

Worship is important to God, and it is important to your soul's health. In worship we praise, pray, listen, connect, recharge, renew, remember, redirect, offer and so much more. You need this. God beckons you. Just do it, you'll be glad you did.

Join me in worshiping at Resurrection this weekend, live or online!

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

I want to invite you to be a part of a very special event we’re hosting this Saturday at Resurrection Leawood: The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE).

This simulation allows you to step into the shoes of a low-income person, to experience a bit of the challenges, the difficult decisions and everyday life situations that are part of living in poverty. If you are engaged in our ministries that come alongside low-income people, or have a heart to want to be involved, please don’t miss this rare opportunity. Click here to see a two-minute video about the Cost of Poverty Experience.

The experience is open to those 14 and older. We have 50 spots still available. The simulation will take place in the Leawood Foundry tomorrow beginning at 9 am. Click here to sign up. For more information, contact

School Supply and Uniform Drive

One of the ways we are engaged in ministry with children and families in need is through our annual School Supply and Uniform Drive. This is such an important ministry for little ones here in Kansas City – you have a chance to bless them and help them begin the school year right!

Bags and shopping lists are available in the narthex and Commons areas before and after services. Please fill the bags and return by August 4. While many organizations and churches collect school supplies, Resurrection also provides uniform pieces; wearing a clean, right-sized uniform really helps a student's self-esteem and the schools appreciate having these on hand for their students who can't afford to provide their own.

Check out this video to see the impact your donations can make.

August 8-9, 2019 Global Leadership Summit

Every year we are a host site of the Global Leadership, which means that we offer a simulcast Summit in our sanctuary at our Leawood and at Blue Springs locations.

The Summit features some of the most amazing speakers and leaders from both the business and church world. 400,000 people were a part of last year’s event. Many of our members bring their co-workers or employees to the event. This is a world-class leadership training event.

To learn more about the Summit and see who’s speaking, click here. To register for the Leawood Campus click here. To register for the Summit at Resurrection Blue Springs, click here. Call the church office at (913) 897-0120 for the Host Site Member and Regular Attendee Priority Code to receive the Host Site Rate.

Miracle of Innocence Gala

Pastor Darryl Burton is one of the most remarkable men I know. His story of wrongful incarceration for a murder he did not commit, and his eventual exoneration, message of forgiveness, and his call to ministry has inspired tens of thousands of people across the country.

Last year he launched Miracle of Innocence, a nonprofit initiative aimed at helping identify and support innocent persons who have been wrongly incarcerated, providing support for exonerees as they re-enter life outside prison, offering education and advocacy around criminal justice and wrongful convictions, and offering a message of hope and forgiveness.

The work Darryl does through Miracle of Innocence is made possible in part by the annual Miracle of Innocence Gala. This year's gala will be held on Saturday evening, September 14, with a silent auction at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm. This year’s speaker is Areva Martin, a civil rights attorney and legal analyst who has been a contributor to ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN and many others. I hope you’ll join me in attending the Gala and in partnering with Pastor Darryl in this important work by being a part of the upcoming Miracle of Innocence Gala. Click here for more information. To register for the Gala, click on the button that says “Free the Innocent Gala.”

This has been a whirlwind week for me. I was in Chicago last Friday for denominational talks (nothing to report at this point – talks are continuing) and in Nashville Tuesday and Wednesday filming a small group study focused on the Christian spiritual life for churches across the country to use. In between I’ve been reading, writing and outlining sermons related to the Ten Commandments.

I want to thank you again. The time you give me to focus on this project is a gift few pastors receive. My hope is that it produces a richer sermon series for you, and a book and resource for churches and individuals across the United States. Thank you for the gift of time.

Back to writing!

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection and the author of 22 books. He has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Adam's writings are known for helping readers make sense of challenging theological questions, exploring the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. He earned his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.