Adam Hamilton

Pastor Adam's Enote

An Important Conversation About Mental Health

Posted Jan 10, 2020

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Dear Resurrection Family,

If you are a Chiefs fan, be sure to wear your Chiefs’ gear or red this weekend in worship! If the weather is bad, join us online by clicking here! If you are a Sunday night worshiper and going to the game, join us Sunday morning or Saturday night. I’m excited to be heading to the game myself.

We’ll also be announcing the total of the Christmas Eve offering this weekend at all campuses. This is always exciting to see the generosity of our congregation and guests as we give the entire offering to benefit children and their families in poverty – part used for programs here in Kansas City, part in the developing world. This year’s total attendance on Christmas Eve, across campuses, was 37,356 people. We’ll share the total offering given this weekend in worship!

This weekend’s message will ask, “What Would Jesus Say About Mental Illness?” Mental health/mental illness was the #1 or #2 concern raised by Millennials and Gen Z members in our survey. Recent studies in New Zealand, Switzerland and the US concluded that 80% of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives. Most are relatively short lived – just a season in our lives. Others are persistent.

Today’s most prevalent mental illnesses are anxiety disorders – about 20% of Americans will experience an anxiety disorder in any given year (we all worry, but anxiety disorders are a severe form of worry that interferes with your daily living). Depression is another major mental health concern with 20-25% of women experiencing clinical depression and 7 to 12% of men at some point in their lives. Other common mental health issues include bi-polar disorder, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, schizophrenia and others.

Previous generations tended to not talk about mental health concerns. Many men saw this as a sign of weakness. Women too. Yet people have suffered with mental illnesses throughout history. Anxiety was the most frequent neurological diagnosis in the 1950s and 1960s – although it was often called “nerves,” “tension,” or “stress” at that time. Millennials and Gen Z have something important to teach the rest of us about talking openly about mental health.

This weekend we’ll learn a little about mental health and we’ll ask, “What would Jesus say about mental illness?” Plan to join us and invite a friend or family member. If the weather is bad and you don’t feel you can make it, join us onlineAfter worship this weekend, stop by the table in the Narthex to learn more about the mental health and recovery resources available through Congregational Care.

The Future of Methodism, the Future of Resurrection

Mark your calendars for All-Church Gathering Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 pm!

On that day we will hold our annual All-Church Gathering in the Leawood Sanctuary. We’re holding this on Wednesday instead of Friday this year to encourage our youth, and all who are involved in our Wednesday night programming at all campuses to participate, as we’ll be discussing two important topics:

  1. The future of the United Methodist denomination and our role in it, and
  2. Our Vision 2030 strategic goals for the next ten years.

I want to strongly encourage you to join us in Leawood and be part of this important gathering. If you are unable to be there in person, the event will be livestreamed. At the event we’ll be inviting you to give us your input and feedback as we prepare for an important year in our denomination, and as we formally launch our 2030 strategic plans!

At Leawood, dinner will be available from 5:30 to 6:15 pm for $5 for youth and adults, free for kids 5th grade and younger. We will have childcare and mid-week programs for children during the Gathering. Click here for more information and to register for childcare.

Jerusalem Model in Leawood Building B

If you are in the Commons at Resurrection Leawood, check out the model of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Hand-carved out of olive wood by artists in Bethlehem, this beautiful piece represents what Jerusalem would have looked like during the time of Jesus. We’re working on some labels and a key that will help you identify some of the locations that are significant in the life of Jesus.


This is one of only two of these models in existence. It took artisans in Bethlehem nearly a year to complete. It fairly accurately represents the topography of Jerusalem, the likely location of the crucifixion of Jesus, the upper and lower City of David and more.

Hospitality Conference April 23-24

From the beginning, one of Church of the Resurrection’s visions has been to help renew churches by sharing everything we have learned through our ministry. We provide resources for churches to use through, and we host conferences throughout the year, including our annual Leadership Institute in September.

This April we are presenting The Art of Hospitality Conference, focused on the ministry of welcome and intentional hospitality, and designed to equip church leaders to make everyone feel welcome and included - from first time visitors to deeply engaged members. If you know someone in church leadership who would be interested in this conference, please invite them. Details and registration are available at

Have you found your place to serve in 2020?

Here are just a few of the many opportunities to serve at Resurrection.

  • Our Souper Bowl Food Drive kicks off January 18. If you are interested in volunteering behind the scenes before and during the drive, here are the details.
  • Do you like to smile? You could serve as a worship greeter once a monthCheck it out!
  • Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of serving. See all the activities and opportunities planned for MLK Weekend.
  • Congregational Care Ministers offer encouragement and support for our church family. Do you think you might be called to serve in this way? Complete an application here.
  • Love cars? Volunteer for the 2020 Car Show and help plan this summer community event! Email Kent Baker.

In Christ’s Love,


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.