Adam Hamilton

Pastor Adam's Enote

"Put me in, coach!"

Posted Jan 11, 2019

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Dear Resurrection Family,

This weekend we’ll continue our sermons on Lessons from Football for the Game of Life by turning to Teamwork and the Power of the 12th Man (for non-football fans, the "12th man" is the crowd, which can impact a team’s performance by their support). To a person, when I interviewed former Chiefs players and asked them the difference between winning and losing seasons, they all pointed to teamwork.

Walter Camp invented American football (adopted from English rugby) in the late 1800’s. One of you told me that he determined that there would be 11 players on the field for each team by taking the 12 disciples and subtracting Judas (I’ve not been able to verify that, but I love the imagery!). Here’s what I do know – the difference between winning and losing in life and in faith is often found in teamwork and the power of the crowd you surround yourself with. The biblical ideal for a team is the church.

This weekend you’ll hear from several former Chiefs players on teamwork. You’ll also hear from Mitch Holthus, the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs for the last 25 years, who spoke to me about the difference between the 2-14 teams and the 13-3 teams. Don’t miss this weekend in worship – the message will speak to you, as it did to me. And, this weekend only, at the end of each worship service we’ll give away the official team photo of the 2018 Chiefs! We’ll also have KC Wolf photo cards for all kids in KiDSCOR or worship - bring your friends!

The Chiefs play this Saturday night with kickoff at 3:35 pm. If you are not a huge Chiefs fan, join us in worship on Saturday night. I’ll preach wearing red. The service Saturday night will end right at 6 and at both Resurrection Downtown and Leawood we’ll turn the game on the big screen following the benediction so those who are interested can watch the final quarter of the game together, cheering the Chiefs on, we hope, to victory (last year we had a problem with the TV feed, but that’s been corrected).

This weekend, during the message, I’ll also share with you the total of our Candlelight Christmas Eve offering – a powerful illustration of teamwork and the power of a crowd.

We have some amazing things happening around the church this next few weeks that I want you to know about…

Inspired for Life Women’s Conference: February 8-9

The 2019 Inspired for Life Women's Conference theme is “Fearless.” This will be an AWESOME twenty-four hours of inspiration, encouragement and worship. Women, invite your friends – they will be glad you did!

Keynote speakers include Professor Kate Bowler who teaches church history at Duke Divinity School. I really like Kate – she wrote a great book called Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved. She is a New York Times Best-Selling author who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, which led her to rethink some of the theology she’d been taught growing up. You can hear a bit of her story on the Today Show by clicking here. She’s amazing.

You’ll also hear from Hillary McBride, writer, researcher and therapist whose most recent book is Mothers, Daughters and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves. I’ve heard great things about her. LaVon will speak on Friday night as well – I’ll interview her and ask her to share her story with a particular focus on her battle with anxiety. Jasmine Murray is an amazing musical artist who will be leading worship and singing at the conference. I love her title track from her new album, Fearless, which you can see by clicking here.

You don’t want to miss this amazing women’s conference. Click here to see the one minute Inspired for Life video promo. Click here for more info and to register online or you can register this weekend at the IFL table in Bldg. A.

Church Conference January 22

Our Church Conference (annual business meeting) will be held on Tuesday, January 22, at 7 pm in Wesley Covenant Chapel in Bldg. C at Resurrection Leawood. We’ll share our annual reports, vote on the 2018 operating budget and the 2018 elected leaders for governance committees.

No registration is required. Childcare is available. For questions, email Dan Entwistle.

New support group for Alzheimer’s and dementia

We’re starting a new support group for individuals with mild stage Alzheimer’s or other dementia to discuss diagnosis, challenges presented by memory issues, learn new tips, ways to compensate and wellness strategies. This is not just for Resurrection members but for anyone who could use this support.

The group will hold its first meeting on Tuesday January 22, 2-3:30 pm, in Room B146. Please contact Michelle Niedens at 913-945-7310 for a required pre-attendance conversation.

Catholicism and Methodism Class

Later this month, I’ll be co-teaching a four-week class on Catholicism and Methodism with Dr. Joe Tortoricci. Joe is a former Catholic priest who married and eventually became a United Methodist, on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary before moving to Kansas City.

Joe and I both have a love and deep appreciation for the Roman Catholic Church and approach this class from that perspective. Recognizing the number of Resurrection families who have one spouse that’s Catholic and the other Methodist, or who have come from a Catholic background, we’re offering the class to see the points of connection between the two Christian traditions and places where we disagree. We’ll cover church history, theology, and more.

The class will be held on Tuesday nights at the Leawood campus – Grow Night – starting January 29. Click here to sign up.

Experts in Recovery Panel at Care Night

Resurrection Leawood will host an Experts in Recovery Panel on Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 pm, Wesley Covenant Chapel in conjunction with Care Night. Join us for an educational evening to unpack substance misuse and how addiction impacts not only the person with a substance use disorder, but their families and friends. Our keynote speaker, Dr. David M. Willey, MD, a physician at Cottonwood Springs Mental Health Care in Olathe, will be joined by a panel of individuals impacted by addiction to share their experiences. Click here for more information.

I’ll end with a reminder of the Wesley Covenant Prayer we handed out in worship last weekend. I pray it, or an abbreviated version of it, each day. In essence the prayer is, “Put me in coach! Wherever you need me; however I can serve! If it’s a tough position, I’ll take it. If it is a warming the bench, that’s fine. I’m here, use me however you will!” Click here if you’d like to download an image and use it as wallpaper on your phone or computer.

I’m excited about this weekend in worship!

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.