Young Preachers Festival: June 27-28

Festival poster

Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church and is at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS on June 27 and 28, 2018. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is honored to host this event in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education Ministry (GBHEM). Our goal is to support you in your call to ministry by providing opportunities for you to develop your preaching gifts and guidance so you can reach your full potential in proclaiming the gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Who Should Attend?

The Festival is aimed at young adults ages 18 – 34 who are:

  • Graduating high school seniors
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Seminary students
  • Youth pastors
  • Declared candidates for ministry
  • Young clergy
  • Young adults seeking to discover more about this amazing call to ordained ministry or looking to develop more fully as a preacher

Why Should I Come?

This event is designed specifically to help you:

  • Discern your calling
  • Gain practical, applicable skills in sermon planning and preaching techniques
  • Develop your preaching gifts
  • Make connections with other future leaders of the church
  • By providing support in your call to ministry

What Will I Do?

  • Learn about the craft of preaching, sermon preparation & preaching skills
  • Participate in inspiring worship and hear some of our denominational leaders preach
  • Receive feedback on a sermon you have prepared
  • Meet and have fellowship with other young church leaders
  • Opportunity to connect with our featured speakers
  • Interact with sponsor representatives from United Methodist seminaries

Meet and Greet with the Bishops

The 2018 Festival will be held concurrently with the South Central Jurisdiction Bishops’ Week. The 11 active Bishops from the South Central Jurisdiction will meet and share with Festival participants:

  • The Bishops open the Festival with a session on “Excellence in Wesleyan Preaching for the 21st Century”
  • Enjoy lunch with one of the Bishops in a small classroom setting
  • Reverse Happy Hour — enjoy a time of fellowship and dessert with the Bishops at the end of the day

The Bishops look forward to this unique opportunity to connect with you, the future leaders of the denomination!

Cost is $69 for early bird registration through May 16, 2018, and $79 for the standard registration starting May 17, 2018.

Scholarships are available, contact Kelly Carpenter for more information.


Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2018