United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

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Church of the Resurrection
United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
38°52′50″N 94°38′29″W / 38.88056°N 94.64139°W / 38.88056; -94.64139Coordinates: 38°52′50″N 94°38′29″W / 38.88056°N 94.64139°W / 38.88056; -94.64139
Location Leawood, KS
Country United States
Denomination United Methodist Church
Website www.cor.org
Founded 1990
Founder(s) Rev. Adam Hamilton
Senior pastor(s) Adam Hamilton

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is a congregation of the United Methodist Church.[1] The original campus is located in Leawood, Kansas, with additional locations in Olathe, Kansas, downtown Kansas City, Missouri & Blue Springs, Missouri.[2] It is the largest United Methodist congregation in the United States, with a membership of over 20,000[3] and average weekly attendance for all campuses of 11,000 people in 2016.[4]

Church of the Resurrection is the church home of former Kansas governor Mark Parkinson and former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green. It is ranked #9 in the "Top 10 U.S. Churches to learn from that are influencing other churches" and #16 in the "Top 26 U.S. Churches to learn from in all areas" by Churchrelevance.com.[5] According to the church website, Church of the Resurrection was listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey of American pastors.

The Church of the Resurrection's senior pastor and founder is Reverend Adam Hamilton, Reverend Hamilton started the congregation in 1990 along with Charlene Parkinson, who started the music program. Hamilton is committed to the renewal of the mainline church, especially the United Methodist Church. The Church of the Resurrection has a three-fold focus: 1. Reaching non-religious and nominally religious people and helping them become committed followers of Jesus Christ; 2. Equipping and inspiring members to live their faith in mission to the community and world; and 3. Acting as a catalyst for renewing the mainline church.

In a money-saving plan, the United Methodist Saint Paul School of Theology moved its facilities from Kansas City, Missouri, to the Church of the Resurrection beginning in the Fall of 2013.[6][7]

In 2014, the church announced plans to build a new sanctuary which will include a large stained glass window, to be titled The Resurrection Window. Plans are to complete the building and window by Easter 2017.[8]

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  1. ^ Hartford Institute for Religion Research Archived January 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. "Megachurch search results" (listing)
  2. ^ The Pitch "Christmas Eve at Adam's House" By Kendrick Blackwood, December 19, 2002
  3. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article341741/Leawood%E2%80%99s-United-Methodist-Church-of-the-Resurrection-eyes-a-90-million-overhaul.html
  4. ^ http://www.outreachmagazine.com/2014-outreach-100/2014-Outreach-100-List.pdf
  5. ^ Churchrelevance.com "Top Churches to Watch in America" January 1, 2010
  6. ^ Hendricks, Mike (January 1, 2013). "Neighbors fear for future of St. Paul School of Theology site". Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ Hodges, Sam (October 18, 2012). "Saint Paul School of Theology's plan to move prompts excitement, concern". United Methodist Reporter. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ Montgomery, Rick (March 8, 2014). "Leawood's United Methodist Church of the Resurrection eyes a $90 million overhaul". Kansas City Star. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 

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