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 4–5, 2019

Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS 

This new conference, focused on the ministry of welcome and intentional hospitality, is designed to equip church leaders to make everyone feel welcome and included – from first time visitors to deeply engaged members.

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.

The Art of Radical Hospitality is designed for pastors, staff or volunteers engaged in the ministry of welcome, hospitality, visitor care, outreach, connections or membership.

What will I

Learn?

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

Experience?

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

Combined opening worship and session with leaders and participants of the Empowered: A Model of Care Conference 

Combined Commissioning Service with participants of the Empowered: A Model of Care conference

Two Conferences

One Schedule

Thursday, April 4

8:00 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 – 9:45 am Combined Opening Worship
10:00 – 11:30 am General Session 1 – What is Radical Hospitality
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 pm General Session 2 – Follow-Up
2:15 – 3:45 pm General Session 3 – Touchpoints of Radical Hospitality
4:00 – 5:30 pm General Session 4 – Attracting Visitors
5:30 pm Dinner

Friday, April 5

9:00 – 10:30 am General Session 5 – Training Your Volunteers and Congregants
11:00 am – 12:30 pm General Session 6 – Strategic Planning Principles
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 pm Combined Closing Worship and Commissioning Service

 

Two Conferences

Same Price

Super Early Bird

$139 through February 21

Early Bird

$159 through March 21

Standard Registration

$199

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