Engaging worship and intentional follow-up are important, but what compels guests to return to church is the warmth of our welcome and hospitality that goes beyond their expectations.

April 23–24, 2020

Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS 

This conference — designed for pastors, staff, and volunteers focused on the ministry of welcome, hospitality, visitor care, outreach, connections and membership — is designed to equip church leaders to make everyone feel welcome and included, from first time visitors to deeply engaged members.

What will I


Participants will learn key principles and methods to create a culture of radical hospitality that permeates your entire congregation:

  • The principles and touchpoints of radical hospitality
  • How to attract visitors
  • Effective Follow-up
  • Training your volunteers and congregation to live into the value of radical hospitality

What will I


Plenary sessions led by Executive Director Debi Nixon and Senior Director Yvonne Gentile

Connect with peers serving in hospitality ministry at churches of all sizes from across the nation

Small group discussion and Q & A to help apply the principles learned to your own context

Featured Speakers

Debi Nixon
Executive Director, ShareChurch
Church of the Resurrection

Debi Nixon joined the Resurrection staff in 1994 as the founding children’s ministry director and has served in a variety of executive roles, from adult discipleship to capital campaigns and campuses. Debi is passionate about the renewal of the church, leading workshops on church leadership, sharing principles of outwardly focused churches, and extending radical hospitality. She has been married to Reed since 1984, and they treasure time with their two grown children and the joy of being new grandparents. Debi is author of CATCH: A Churchwide Evangelism Program and Catch a New Life: Connect with a Church by Abingdon Press.

Yvonne Gentile
Senior Director, Guest Connections
Church of the Resurrection

Yvonne Gentile serves as Senior Director of Guest Connections, giving leadership and oversight to Resurrection’s ministries of hospitality and connection. She co-authored three books: Serving from the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service, Leadership from the Heart: Learning to Lead with Love & Skill, and Leadership Essentials: Practical Tools for Leading in the Church, all published by Abingdon Press. Yvonne and her husband Frank have been part of Resurrection since 1996. Together they enjoy movies, road trips, and spending time with family.



(General Session Details will be added here as they are developed and confirmed)

Thursday, April 23

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 5:30 pm General Sessions (lunch provided)

Friday, April 24

9:00 am – 1:00 pm General Sessions and Lunch
1:00 pm Dismissal


Super Early Bird

$139 through January 31

Early Bird

$159 through March 13

Standard Registration


ShareChurch Conferences is a ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Our purpose is to equip, strengthen and inspire local churches.

13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224

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Church of the Resurrection

13720 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS 66224