UM Young Preachers Festival & Conference








The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will host the second national Young Preachers Festival and Conference July 21 – 22 at our Leawood, KS campus.

We want to partner with you in this great vision of raising up and equipping the next generation of leaders for the United Methodist Church. Send your High School youth group students, your college aged ministry participants, your Youth Directors/Pastors, your seminary students, your declared candidates, your young clergy. There is something for each of them.

Each leader will experience:

  • Featured preaching sessions led by Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie, Rev. Olu Brown, Rev. Matt Miofsky, Bishop Scott Jones and Rev. Adam Hamilton
  • Inspiring and practical workshops led by seminary representatives and denominational leaders
  • A fun and interactive Sermon Slam
  • Intentional Time of Networking and Connection
  • Optional opportunity to preach a sermon and receive instant feedback

Last year’s inaugural event had 150 in attendance and guests told us it was an important part of their discernment process and development as a preacher.  Below find a few of their comments:

  • All young preachers need this kind of affirmation and guidance.
  • I feel like I came away from the weekend with a seminary semester’s worth of knowledge.
  • YPF gives you the chance to make connections with people you might not otherwise meet and begin to build friendships and dream about what the future of the church might hold.
  • This is a must for folks who want to improve at their craft.

We know you share the same passion for encouraging young leaders. Would you join us and please demonstrate your endorsement of this event in the following ways:

  1. Help get the word out about the Festival to your leaders age 16-34.
  2. Invite five young leaders age 16-34 from your ministry, providing a stipend or scholarship for their travel and registration.
  3. Attend and consider hosting your own festival next year.

Registration is limited, so register early!  Register at  Please let us know how we can support you in sharing this message.  You can reach us at or call 913.232.4139.


Debi Nixon

Managing Executive Director, Church of the Resurrection