The Large Church and the Future of the UMC

Dates: Monday, October 25, 12:00pm – Tuesday, October 26, 3:00pm


Young Clergy Gathering Pre-Conference

Dates:  Sunday, October 24, 7:00pm – Monday, October 25, 1:30pm

Event Details

The Large Church and the Future of the UMC

Join leaders from large United Methodist churches from across the U.S. who either know they will remain in the UMC after General Conference 2022 OR are undecided but open to remaining United Methodist.
The purpose of this gathering includes:

  1. Hearing about possible General Conference 2022 outcomes and discussing with other large church pastors and staff how we’ll lead our congregations through the ensuing conversations and decisions.
  2. Discussing compelling reasons for remaining United Methodist and together shaping a case for the United Methodist Church.
  3. Dreaming together about the future of the United Methodist Church, seeking to offer an inspiring vision for the denomination. We want you to help shape that vision – looking at what you think needs to change and what you want to ensure remains the same in the United Methodist Church.
  4. Inspiring hope for the future.

We believe large United Methodist churches have both the potential and responsibility to be a resource for other churches within our Annual Conferences and to have a significant positive impact on the future of our denomination. We’d like you to be here to help shape that future.

Each pastor of a large church is invited to bring two key staff members and two laity of influence – a total of five people from each congregation.

Young Clergy Gathering Pre-Conference

Prior to the Large Church event, there will be a gathering of UMC Young Clergy. Young clergy (under 40) from around the country who are passionate about helping shape the future of the United Methodist church will work together on both values and practicalities of Methodism in the future.

We hope for a gathering of folks committed to staying in the United Methodist Church and cultivating an organized community of leaders who are creative, empowered, and committed to holding as many diverse voices as possible in the UMC. We invite you join the conversation about what a vital, living, Spirit-filled continuing United Methodist Church looks like now and in the future. 

The conversation will begin via Zoom starting on Thursday, September 9th at 3PM. There will be two more Zoom gatherings prior to the in-person event. On October 25-26 we’ll gather as young clergy from Sunday night through Monday afternoon at Church of the Resurrection. We hope this will only be the beginning of our work and that this network will stay connected to help each other organize in our own conferences and for the General Church. The registration to attend the Young Clergy gathering only is $25.

All young clergy who attend the pre-conference are invited and encouraged to participate in the large church gathering bringing the work from our session to the large church conversations. The cost of the combined event (Young Clergy Gathering and the Large Church Gathering) is $100 plus travel. Scholarships are available. Contact Rev. Emily Chapman at for scholarship information.


Registration is now open.

Large Church Gathering

Cost: $75

Hosted By

ShareChurch Ministry at Church of the Resurrection
Contact: or 913-544-0247

Young Clergy Gathering

Young Clergy Gathering: $25
Young Clergy + Large Church Gathering: $100

Hosted By

Young Clergy from the South Central Jurisdiction
Contact: Lindsay Kirkpatrick,


Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224

Event Schedule

Sunday, October 24 , 2021
(All times are Central Time Zone)
Young Clergy Gathering
6:00pm Guest Check In Opens
7:00-9:00pm Young Clergy Meet and Greet Fellowship Gathering
Monday, October 25 , 2021 Young Clergy Gathering
7:30am Guest Check In Opens
8:00am-1:45pm Young Clergy Gathering (Lunch Provided)
Monday, October 25 , 2021 Large Church | Young Clergy Gathering
12:00pm Guest Check In Opens
2:00pm Session One: From Lament to Hope | Protcol and Christmas Covenant
3:30pm Session Two: UMC Theology: United Methodist Theology and Practice
4:45pm Session Three: What Must Change?
6:00pm Working Dinner – KC Barbeque
6:45pm Young Clergy Report
7:30pm Taking Our Pulse: Compatibility or Incompatibility
Tuesday, October 26 , 2021 Large Church | Young Clergy Gathering
8:00am Session Four: The Authority of the Bible
9:45am Session Five: Sexual Ethics and Same Sex Marriage
11:15am Session Six: Come Dream with Us: Future UMC
12:30pm Working Lunch
1:30pm Session Seven: Organizing Campaigns to Remain UMC
2:30pm Closing Comments – Gathering Concludes

Supporting Pastors:

Frequently Asked Questions

If you cancel your registration by October 4, your registration will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation fee. We are unable to provide a refund after October 4.

Yes. Be sure to select the appropriate Registration Types for your team. For instance, if you have Young Clergy (40 & under) on your team participating in the Young Clergy Pre-Conference, be sure to select the Large Church Event AND Young Clergy Pre-Conference Attendee for your young clergy and the Large Church Event Attendee for all others on your team. Remember, the event is limited to 5 team members per large church – the senior pastor, two key staff/clergy and two key lay leaders.

Your safety is a priority for us. We’ve developed protocols intended to provide as safe an environment as possible.
When inside Church buildings, masks will be required for the Young Clergy and Large Church Gathering, regardless of vaccination status. Because this event will bring together representatives from across the United Methodist Church, we want your time in Kansas City to be as rewarding and safe as reasonably possible.

While attending the Young Clergy and Large Church Gathering, you can expect our staff and volunteers to be masked, to encourage minimal personal contact, and to limit items being touched by multiple people (including in our food service).

We support state and local COVID-19 guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, including with respect to isolation and quarantine, and self-exclusion when experiencing symptoms. Please consider your personal situation when deciding whether to attend this event.

For the most up-to-date guidance, visit the following helpful links:
Centers for Disease Control
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Johnson County Kansas COVID Guidance

American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Visa and eCheck are accepted for this event. Should you need to make other payment arrangements, contact us at