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 913-232-4139

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
7:00-9:00pm Young Clergy Meet and Greet Fellowship Gathering
Monday, October 25 , 2021 Young Clergy Gathering
8:30am-1:30pm Young Clergy Gathering (Lunch Provided)
Monday, October 25 , 2021 Large Church | Young Clergy Gathering
12:00pm Guest Check In
2:00pm Session One: Where We Are
3:30pm Break
4:00pm Session Two: Imagining the United Methodist Church of the Future Part I
6:00pm Working Dinner – KC Barbeque
8:00pm Session Three: Imagining the United Methodist Church of the Future Part II
Tuesday, October 26 , 2021 Large Church | Young Clergy Gathering
9:00am Session Four: Organizing Campaigns to Remain UMC Part I
10:30am Break
11:00am Session Five: Organizing Campaigns to Remain UMC Part II
12:15pm Working Lunch
1:30pm Report Out and Next Steps
3:00pm 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 are recommended for unvaccinated people. We support CDC, 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.

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