Resources to Equip, Renew and Inspire Church Leaders

Church of the Resurrection is dedicated to strengthening mainline churches. Our ShareChurch team supports and encourages church leaders through conferencing events, our Partner Church Ministry and our resource website,  Scroll down this page to find information on specific conferences and events, and like us on Facebook! offers free quality, practical tools and training to equip and inspire leaders - unlocking and unleashing the potential of churches to reach their communities.

ShareChurch Conferences

Equipping churches and leaders through leadership training events.

Young Preachers Festival

June 26-27, 2018

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church. The Festival is designed for young adults age 18 - 34 who are discerning or pursuing a call to ministry and looking to develop their preaching gifts. Registration is now open. Learn more.

Global Leadership Summit

August 9-10, 2018

We are honored to once again be a host site for this annual gathering of leaders across the world designed for Christians committed to leading a life of impact.

We will host The Global Leadership Summit 2018 live broadcast at both our Leawood and Blue Springs locations, so you can register for the site that is most convenient for you.

Find more information about the Summit and register to attend at Leawood here or register to attend at Blue Springs here.

Leadership Institute

September 26 - 28, 2018

Mark your calendar to join us for one of the largest mainline training events in the country designed to equip, strengthen and inspire clergy, church staff and volunteers. The line-up of nationally known speakers and ministry specific workshops will bring a three-day infusion of fresh ideas, practical tools and renewed vision for ministry.

Event details and registration will be available in May 2018 at

Resources from the 2017 conference can be found on Search by workshop title or presenter name.

Congregational Care Ministry Seminar

April 4 - 6, 2019

This seminar is designed to prepare lay volunteers to work alongside pastors and staff to minister to and care for your congregation as Congregational Care Ministers. Learn more.

Volunteer With Us

Each year Resurrection welcomes thousands of pastors and church leaders for conferences and learning experiences coordinated by our ShareChurch team. You can be part of this exciting ministry and our vision to strengthen the church. Each conference needs volunteers to serve on a variety of hospitality teams.

Links to sign up for specific conferences will be posted here approximately 6 weeks prior to each event. Check back for new events in 2018!

If you are interested in receiving newsletters about upcoming serving opportunities, please fill out this online form. We will add you to our email list to receive information about volunteering for each conference.

ShareChurch Resources

Our mission is to provide quality, practical tools and training to clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a passion for strengthening churches. is full of ideas and resources to save you time and energy, so you can focus on what really matters.

Visit today. With a free account, download whatever you need. Keep up to date on all things ShareChurch on our Facebook page.

The ShareChurch Team


Debi Nixon

Managing Executive Director of Regional Campuses and ShareChurch

Debi serves as the liaison for our regional campuses and works on our multisite vision, strategy and implementation. Additionally, she serves alongside the team that works to equip and resource local church leaders through conferences, teaching events, speaking, partner church ministry and the sharing of resources.

As a person who grew up in a small town, Debi has a deep passion for the ministry of the rural church. She and her husband, Reed, met in college at Missouri State and married in 1984. Their children are grown and Debi and Reed treasure each and every moment they are able to spend with them. As empty nesters, they enjoy being at the lake, cooking, participating in their small group and taking evening walks.

Debi's favorite prayer is one we prayed as a congregation several years ago, but is still one she prays almost every day:

"God grant us the vision to see the plans for your church, and the courage and boldness to pursue them. Amen."

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Jonathan Bell

ShareChurch Ministry and Academic Collaboration with SPST

Jonathan is a native of Kansas City and at least a 6th generation Methodist, who spent his teenage years living in Germany and is passionate about helping people and churches live out their faith in the world. He enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and doing just about anything with his wife Angie and their six children – Joshua, Noah, Addison, Jackson, Christian and Brendan.

Jonathan joined the Church of the Resurrection staff in 2001 as Director of Mission Ministries. He has served across the Church and around the world, and he is now supporting our network of Partner Churches, our staff’s involvement in a praxis-learning model of theological education with Saint Paul School of Theology, and our commitment to sharing practical ministry resources for the renewal of the Church on

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Kari Burgess

Program Director of ShareChurch

Kari's responsibilities on the ShareChurch team include marketing, guest registration and service, sponsor relationships and development, marketing and support of

She enjoys running and hiking and loves being a cheerleader for her girls at all of their sporting, music, theater and school events.

She considers it a joy to serve in ministry at Resurrection, using her gifts and skills gained in the corporate world toward the purpose of strengthening God's church.

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Kathy Carter

Event Program Director

Kathy Carter has served on staff at Resurrection since 1997. She currently serves on the ShareChurch team. She is excited to work in an area that focuses on developing leaders and strengthening mainline churches. She loves to oversee the strategic development and oversight of conferences and leadership events.

Kathy is married and has 3 grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends and attending MIZZOU football games!

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Renee Young

ShareChurch Hospitality & Volunteer Coordinator

Renee's first memory of knowing God came in the form of a Little Golden Book version of the Lord's Prayer her aunt gave her. She doesn't remember a time she didn't know Jesus as her savior, but Resurrection is where she learned what it means to truly become a follower of Christ. She feels incredibly lucky that, essentially, her job description is to welcome and encourage Church of the Resurrection's conference guests.

Her and her husband Parker joined the church in 1999 and their three kids, Taylor, Marie and Hayden, were all baptized, got their 3rd grade Bibles and were confirmed here.

She would rather climb a mountain than go shopping, read a book than watch TV, and spend time with her family and friends above all else!

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Partner Churches

Our Partner Church Ministry works with churches throughout the country to strengthen the United Methodist Church so that together we can more effectively change lives and transform communities through the power of Jesus Christ.

We see this partnership model as the modern equivalent of the circuit rider system that was instrumental in the early growth of Methodism. In our model, each partner church is independent and maintains its charge through its own conference, but it has access to resources and training through Church of the Resurrection and the other partner churches that it would never have otherwise.

Together – in partnership with one another – we can strengthen and revitalize our denomination and other mainline churches. To explore whether being a Partner Church is right for your church, contact Jonathan Bell.

Current Partner Churches include:

  • First UMC, Roseville, CA
  • Hastings UMC, Hastings, MN
  • Highfill UMC, Highfill, AR
  • Ruthven UMC, Ruthven, IA
  • St. Paul’s UMC, San Bernardino, CA
  • Wright's Chapel UMC, Ruther Glen, VA
  • Wyandotte UMC, Kansas City, KS