The Executive Director – Resurrection Experience is the church’s foremost leader in developing the church’s end-to-end Resurrection Experience (RX) by guiding and overseeing person-centric engagement strategies to reach non-religious and nominally religious people and support their journeys toward becoming deeply committed Christians. As a member of the Executive Team, this position partners with the church’s Senior Pastor and executive team members to steer the church and evolve its vision and strategies, as well as provide overall executive leadership while setting the tone of a positive work environment.
CHURCH HISTORY AND CURRENT STATUS
In 1990, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection was the vision of a 25-year-old pastor who had bold dreams of reaching non-religious and nominally religious people in southern Kansas City. The church made its first home in the small chapel of a local funeral home. As a small team of leaders gathered to plan the launch of this new church, they shared hope that this church would become a place where people would discover Christian faith, grow spiritually, and be used by God to transform Kansas City. These leaders settled on what would become the church’s name, “The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection,” which points to the resurrection hope, both in this life and the next.
A lot has changed over the church’s 30 years. Resurrection is now the largest United Methodist church in the United States and among the most influential churches in mainline Christianity. The congregation now has 24,000 active members, with worship services held online (starting in 2009) and at five locations across the Kansas City area in Leawood (1990), Western Johnson County (2006), Downtown (2009), Blue Springs (2010) and Overland Park (2019).
What has not changed over the years is the church’s passion, which compelled its early growth. The church’s outreach is strong, now reaching people across the Kansas City area and beyond. From the beginning, the church’s purpose statement, “to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally-religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians” captures the heart of the church’s vision. More than a thousand new people will join the church this year, with the majority of these being non-religious or nominally religious individuals.
As a congregation, Church of the Resurrection is known for being rooted in orthodox faith, liberal in spirit, passionate, and devoted to Christ. The church welcomes all people, and is willing to address injustices, polarization, division and poverty. As “people of the book,” the church believes the Bible to be inspired by God and all are encouraged to carefully study, examine, and live by its words. The church brings together personal and social holiness – inviting people to a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, equipping them to live out their faith by being engaged in the important issues of our day and seeking to close the gap between the world as it is today and how it could be, so that our community looks more like what Jesus referred to as the Kingdom of God.
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Rev. Adam Hamilton is the church's founding pastor. Adam is a gifted preacher and leader who started the church at 25 years of age and has successfully done what few pastors can by adapting from a start-up church planter to the leader of a large, complex, multi-campus church. He is among the most influential of mainline church leaders and the author of more than 25 books that address the spiritual life, Christian ethics, and Scriptural interpretation. He is known as a bridge-builder and one of the foremost and respected civic leaders in the Kansas City area.
Pastors in the UMC are ordained by a larger (usually multi-state) body, and then appointed to a local church. 23 of these pastors serve on the church’s team. The Church Council is the highest oversight committee at Resurrection, with separate committees for Finance, Trustees, Personnel (Staff-Parish Relations), Nominations and Foundation.
Specifically, this new hire will report to Dan Entwistle, who has served at Resurrection for 28 years and currently serves as the Senior Executive Director.