Young Preachers Festival and Conference

Raising up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church.


Save the Date for the Young Preachers Festival and Conference 2017:  July 19 – 21.

Festival details for 2017 will be available starting in February 2017.

Use this site as a guide for what to expect for next year.

Save the Date!  July 19-21, 2017

Leawood, KS

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Young Preachers Festival

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is honored to host this second annual event in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education Ministry (GBHEM).

Who Should Attend?

  • High school upperclassmen
  • College/seminary students
  • Youth pastors
  • Declared candidates for ministry
  • Young clergy
  • Young adults seeking to discover more about this amazing call to ordained ministry or looking to develop more fully as a preacher

What Will I Do?

  • Connect with peers and learn through workshops led by denominational leaders in preaching
  • Participate in inspiring worship and sermons from powerful speakers
  • Receive feedback on a sermon you have prepared
  • Connect with our keynote and workshop leaders
  • Interact with representatives from our Sponsors

Why Should I Come?

This event is designed specifically to help you:

  • Discern your calling
  • Learn from and network with preaching leaders from across our denomination
  • Develop your preaching gifts
  • Make connections with other future leaders of the church
  • Inspire you in your call to ministry

Here is what a few Young Preachers told us about their experience at The Young Preachers Festival and Conference 2015:

  • All young preachers need this kind of affirmation and guidance.
  • I feel like I came away from the weekend with a seminary semester’s worth of knowledge.
  • YPF gives you the chance to make connections with people you might not otherwise meet and begin to build friendships and dream about what the future of the church might hold.
  • This is a must for folks who want to improve at their craft.
  • Read Full Testimonial from 2015 attendee, Kyle Reynolds.

Conference Day 1

Thursday, July 21

11:00 - 1:00pmRegistration and Check In
11:30 - 1:00 pmBuilding Tours will leave every 15 minutes starting at 11:30am will last approximately 45 minutes
11:00 -12:45 pmLunch (provided)
1:00 pmOpening Worship and Featured Session 1 with Rev. Dr. Alyce McKenzie
2:30 pmBreak
3:00 pmFeatured Session 2 with Rev. Olu Brown
4:30 pmBreak
5:00 pmWorkshops
6:00 pmDinner (provided)
7:00 pmSermon Slam - An interactive, extemporaneous sermon experience
7:15 pmFeatured Session 3 with Rev. Adam Hamilton
9:00 pmDismissal

Conference Day 2

Friday, July 22

8:30 amMorning Worship and Featured Session 4 with Rev. Matt Miofsky
10:00 amBreak
10:30 amWorkshops 2
11:45 amClosing Worship led by Bishop Scott Jones
12:45 pmLunch (provided)
 12:45 - 1:45pm Preacher Check In for Feedback Sessions
 1:15 - 1:45pm Evaluator Meeting
2:00 pmPreaching  Feedback Sessions
3:05 pmBottled Water Break
3:20 pmPreaching Feedback Sessions
4:25 pmBreak
4:45 pmPreaching Feedback Sessions
6:00 pmDismissal



Q &A with Pastor Scott Chrostek and Behind the Scenes Technical Run Through Prior to Worship

Location: Sanctuary Time:  3-5pm

Stay over and enjoy worship Saturday and Sunday at one of our 4 locations. On Saturday at 3 pm join Pastor Scott Chrostek, Campus Pastor of Resurrection Downtown and author of The Misfit Mission at our Leawood Campus for an informal Q & A session prior to the 5 pm worship service. He will share his preaching plans for the weekend, his preparation process, and answer your questions.  At 4 pm, you will get a behind the scenes look at pre-worship technical rehearsal, and worship at 5 pm with Pastor Scott preaching live in the Leawood Sanctuary.

Open to all participants. Pre-Registration is required.


The Young Preachers Festival and Conference is made possible through the generosity and support of our sponsors. Please take time to learn more about these organizations by visiting their website.

The Young Preachers Festival & Conference is presented in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education in Ministry.

United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

13720 Roe Ave, Leawood KS 66224