In-Person Conference

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, April 16 – Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Hosts: Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry

The purpose of Resurrection is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. Cultivating a culture of radical hospitality is not only fundamental to any Christian community, it is essential to connecting with non-religious people. In this event, you’ll learn the principles and best practices of exceptional hospitality that are applicable to churches of all sizes, and receive practical tips and tools you can use in your church right away.


Individual: $129 – $169 / Person

Group Rate: 20% Off (5 or more)

Art of Hospitality is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Saint Paul School of Theology and Wesley Theological Seminary.

Local Accommodations

Hotel block pricing is available through March 25th.

Element Hotel

5022 W 137th St, Leawood, KS 66224
(913) 218-0900
King: $124
Double Queen: $144

Booking Link

Hampton Inn and Suites

7521 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223
(913) 681-6600
King: $125
Double Queen: $135

Booking Link

Event Schedule

9:00 – 10:30am Session 1: The Why of Hospitality and Two Types of Churches (Debi Nixon)
10:30 – 11:00am Break
11:00 – 12:15pm Session 2: Principles of Hospitality (Yvonne Gentile)
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch Break
1:15 – 2:30pm Session 3: Providing Great Experiences – In-Person and Online (Yvonne Gentile,
Scott Chrostek, Ashley Morgan-Kirk)
2:30 – 2:45pm Break
2:45 – 4:00pm Session 4: Ensuring Safety and Security of Your Guests (Debi Nixon, Kate Wood)
4:00 – 5:00pm Optional Building/Sanctuary Tours
5:00pm Dinner On Your Own
9:00 – 10:00am Session 5: Equipping Volunteers (Ginny Howell, Suzy Ayres)
10:00 – 10:15am Break
10:15 – 11:30am Session 6: Intentional Follow-Up (Yvonne Gentile, Jay Peach)
11:30 – 12:00pm Closing Session (Adam Hamilton)

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel at any time through March 15. Cancellations through March 15 are subject to a $30 cancellation fee. We are unable to refund any registration fees after March 15, 2024. Please understand that by this date we have prepared for your arrival with printed materials, catering and other provisions. You may transfer your registration to another person from your church at any time. For cancellations or transfers, please contact us at

Session Breakouts

Inwardly vs. Outwardly Focused Churches

Led by: Debi Nixon

Is your church inwardly or outwardly focused? We’ll discuss why hospitality matters, as well as the difference between these two types of churches, and how that impacts the hospitality we offer.

Principles of Hospitality

Led by: Yvonne Gentile

The difference between friendliness and radical hospitality is intentionality. We’ll explore three principles of hospitality that will help you consistently deliver hospitality that surprises and delights those who receive it, inspiring them to a next step of discipleship.

Providing Great Experiences – In-Person and Online

Led by: Yvonne Gentile, Scott Chrostek and Ashley Morgan-Kirk

Details matter. In this session, we’ll discuss critical touchpoints in your guest experience that contribute to your guests’ perception of your church and how you can ensure they deliver positive impressions, both in-person and online.

Ensuring Safety and Security of Your Guests

Led by: Debi Nixon and Kate Wood

The importance of ensuring the safety and security of your guests is obvious, but we can’t take it for granted. We’ll explore practical tips and tools for being intentional about security, while still providing excellent hospitality.

Equipping Volunteers

Led by: Ginny Howell and Suzy Ayres

Volunteers are the key to providing excellent hospitality. In this session, we’ll cover how to recruit the right people and train them to provide an exceptional guest experience.

Intentional Follow-Up

Led by: Yvonne Gentile and Jay Peach

Your follow-up is an extension of your hospitality, and the quality of your follow-up has a big influence on a guest’s decision to return. Here, we’ll discuss practical ways to make your follow-up effective.

Yvonne Gentile

Guest Experience & ShareChurch Lead Director

Before joining our staff in 2011, Yvonne worked in an executive leadership capacity in retail, where she discovered the power of radical hospitality. She is co-author of five books, all published by Abingdon Press – Serving from the Heart: Finding Your Gifts and Talents for Service; Leadership from the Heart: Learning to Lead with Love & Skill; Leadership Essentials: Practical Tools for Leading in the Church; The Art of Hospitality: A Practical Guide for a Ministry of Radical Welcome; and The Greeter and Usher Handbook.

Yvonne and her husband Frank have been part of Resurrection since 1996. Together they enjoy movies, road trips, and spending time with family.

Debi Nixon

Executive Director of Donor Development

Debi serves on the Executive Team as the Director of the Resurrection Foundation and Donor Relations. She is passionate about helping others experience the radical love of Jesus through hospitality and about helping others steward their resources and gifts for greatest kingdom impact. She is the author of CATCH: A Churchwide Program for Invitational Evangelism and co-author of The Art of Hospitality: A Practical Guide for a Ministry of Radical Welcome.

Debi and her husband Reed enjoy being at the lake, taking walks, and time with their two grown children. But if you want to know her true joy…ask about her grandchildren!

Adam Hamilton

Senior Pastor

Adam is Resurrection’s founding pastor. He earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts and a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist University where he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. 

Hamilton launched Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990.  It has since grown to over 22,000 adults and children under his leadership. Today the church is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with six locations around the Kansas City area. The congregation has a three-fold focus:  Connecting with thinking people and inviting them to become followers of Jesus Christ, engaging in acts of justice and mercy in the community, and working to renew the United Methodist Church. 

Adam has written over 30 books, published by Abingdon Press, Harper Collins, and Convergent; including The Lord’s PrayerWords of LifeThe Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, When Christians Get it WrongMaking Sense of the Bible, and Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.  Adam and his wife, LaVon, have been married over 39 years and have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.

Scott Chrostek

Executive Director of Ministries and Programs

Scott joined our staff team in 2009 to launch our Downtown location, which he led for 12 years. While there he also served as our Executive Director of Regional Campuses. Before life in the church, Scott spent five years working in the field of investments. He completed his M.Div. at Duke Divinity School and has served the church as an ordained elder for 15 years.

Scott is active as a coach and mentor to church planters across the country and spends a lot of time hanging out in coffee shops writing sermons, building relationships and connecting in the community.

He lives with his wife, Wendy, and their two children, Freddy and Poppy, in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Ashley Morgan-Kirk

Online Connection and Care Pastor

After seven years of formal higher education in religion, including a Bachelor’s in Religion from Greenville University and a Master of Divinity from Emory University, Ashley says that being a pastor has finally helped her understand that you can’t figure out God. Her high curiosity about God began her junior year of high school, and hasn’t stopped since. Along the way, she’s felt challenged by God to move from a thinking-based faith, to a balanced pursuit of God with both head and heart. She’s an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and in her eighth year of ministry as a pastor.

Kate Wood

Leawood Operations Director

Kate is a graduate of Texas Christian University and the University of Texas School of Law. Following 25 years of private practice and in-house work with financial institutions, she joined Resurrection staff in 2020 as our inaugural Safety, Compliance & Risk Management Lead Director, launching the church’s Safety and Security Committee. She now also serves as the Director of Operations & Community Life at our Leawood location.

Ginny Howell

Worship Experience Director

Ginny provides leadership to our Worship Experience teams across all of Resurrection’s locations. She has a passion for welcoming and connecting people into the life of the church and works to ensure that our members and guests have an excellent worship experience. She’s a mom to three young women and a g-momma to one sweet toddler grandson, enjoys biking and hiking and loves hanging out with Lola, her rescued pit bull.

Suzy Ayres

Overland Park Operations Director

Suzy’s background is in corporate training and she has also been involved with children’s ministry and community outreach in local churches. She has merged her passions and skills by focusing on church leadership and revitalization, and she is excited to be a part of spreading God’s love in the Overland Park community. Suzy is married to Mike and has 4 children (and 2 dogs!). When she isn’t cheering her kids on in their various activities, she enjoys watching KU basketball and the Kansas City Chiefs, going to the dog park, and reading a good book.

Jay Peach

First Impressions Specialist

Jay has been involved in church leadership his entire adult life, serving as a worship and creative arts pastor. His passion for worship and the local church drew him to Resurrection where he serves as a First Impressions and Worship Experience Specialist. Outside his professional responsibilities at Resurrection, Jay occasionally enjoys leading worship and treasures spending time at home with his wife and 10 children.

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