The Art of Hospitality
Thursday, April 23, 2020 to Friday, April 24, 2020

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Church of the Resurrection
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, KS 66224

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Kari Burgess

In light of current recommendations and in a collaborative effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Art of Hospitality Conference scheduled for April 23-24, 2020.

Plan to join us for next year’s Art of Hospitality Conference, scheduled for April 22-23, 2021.


Abingdon Press is publishing a bundle of resources, written by Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon and available in May 2020, related to The Art of Hospitality. For purchase details, visit Abingdon Press.

Join us for Leadership Institute, September 23-25, where a Pre-Institute Session on The Art of Hospitality will be offered as a “taster” of the full conference content. Registration for Leadership Institute will open in April.

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The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will host The Art of Hospitality Conference April 23 – 24, 2020. The conference takes place at Church of the Resurrection’s Leawood, KS Campus and focuses on the ministry of welcome and intentional hospitality. Participants will learn key principles and methods key to becoming an outwardly focused church, including: attracting visitors, effective follow-up and volunteer training. Featured Speakers, Executive Director Debi Nixon and Senior Director Yvonne Gentile, co-authors of The Art of Hospitality (released by Abingdon Press Spring 2020), will lead participants through the program, complete with techniques and strategic planning to help churches apply the concepts to their ministry context. The Art of Hospitality will effectively change how churches do church, leaving guests surprised, delighted, and eager to return. Pastors, staff and volunteers engaged in the ministry of welcome, hospitality, visitor care, outreach, connections or membership are all encouraged to attend. To learn more and to register, visit For questions, contact Kathy Carter ( or 913-544-0272) or Kari Burgess ( or 913-232-4139). Registration is limited. Super Early bird price of $139 (a $40 savings) is available through February 7.

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