Leadership Institute at the

Church of the Resurrection

cor li 2015Leadership Institute at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection brings together clergy, church staff and volunteers who share a passion for renewing churches. Lean in to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by investing in your leadership and leaders of your church. Leaders with fresh ideas, renewed focus and inspired by the Holy Spirit are able to unleash the potential of a church and community.  Over the past 15 years, more than 20,000 leaders have returned to their congregations and communities ready to “Go and Lead” with impact, vitality, excellence, passion and boldness.  

The United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas funds over 100 participants from Arkansas Churches.  Along with experiencing a congregation and pastor/staff leadership that shares the story of God’s revival, our leaders gain skills for midwifing revival in their own congregations.

In addition to registering and attending COR LI, every grant church will be required to attend two Action Planning Gatherings for coaching and follow-up.

Part 1 – Choose a Fall Date: October 14, October 28, or November 11

Part 2 – Choose a Spring Date: February 17, February 24, or March 3

Learn more about the Leadership Institute.


September 27th – 29th, 2017

Registration for UMFA grant attendees is open

Each year, the cabinet selects three churches from each district to receive a UMFA grant.  Please note that there will NOT be a bus this year.  Every team will need to arrange their own transportation and lodging. Once the Center receives your letter of acceptance for the grant and its requirements, your team members may register at the LI website:

  • After you have selected your Pre-institute workshops and are ready to register, you may register here:  Leadership Institute Registration.
  •  In order to receive the grant-funded rate, please select the Registration Type:  ShareChurch Registrar Group.
  • You are encouraged to sign up for both the Pre-Institute  (September 27) and the Leadership Institute (September 27-29) — the grant covers both!
  • Later in the registration process you will be asked:  “What ShareChurch Registrar Group are you affiliated with?”  Please select Arkansas Laity Development from the dropdown list provided.
  • At the end of the registration, select to Pay by Check.  Very important: Please DO NOT pay using your own credit card.  The Arkansas Annual Conference will make payment to Church of the Resurrection on your behalf.
  • Please register your congregation’s team by August 15.

Click here to download a PDF of the Information Letter sent to pastors and lay leaders of 2017 COR LI Grant Churches.

Grant monies will be used to pay registration fees first.  Remaining funds will be forwarded to your church following the event to reimburse attendees for transportation, lodging and meals.



Learn More about the UMFA Grant for the 2017 COR LI:

Information Letter to 2017 COR LI Grant Churches


By accepting this UMFA grant, your congregation is agreeing to fulfill particular expectations in partnership with the Center for Vitality as noted below:

  1. Your church will receive a $5000 grant to assist with the costs of participating in the Leadership Institute and follow-up gatherings offered by the Center for Vitality after you return to Arkansas.
  2. Gather a team of at least five leaders.  The team should include your pastor and at least three lay persons who are not paid staff. (Please note that 5 is only the minimum and you are encouraged to bring more than five to the Leadership Institute, and use the grant to subsidize the entire cost — some churches have brought a dozen leaders!).
  3. Your team is required to attend the entire Leadership Institute which begins at 4:30 pm on September 27th and ends at 12:30pm on September 29th.  There is also an optional Pre-Institute, beginning at 8 am on the 27th which you are highly encouraged to attend.
  4. You and your team agree to attend two follow-up Action Planning Gatherings which will be offered around Arkansas in late October/November and February/March.  Your team will choose one of three dates in the Fall: October 28, or November 11 or November 28 (Locations TBA) and one of three dates in the Spring: February 17, February 24, or March 3 (Locations TBA). The follow-up gatherings will help your team put what you have learned at the Leadership Institute into practice in your unique mission field.
  5. Your team will plan and implement a new or improved ministry which leads your church to “Grow By (at least) One” in worship attendance, professions of faith, outreach ministries to your mission field and/or small discipleship groups that equip your members in deepening their commitment to Christ.
  6. Your team will share the impact of the COR LI on your congregation and mission field with the Center for Vitality.
  7. Your team should gather at 5:55pm on Wednesday, September 27th, outside the Wesley Covenant Chapel for a group picture as a thank you for the UMFA.  Your congregation will receive a reimbursement check at that time.



We have worked with COR to identify multiple options for lodging at different price-points.  A list of partner hotels with special rates can be found at http://li.cor.org/travel-information/.  Please make your reservations early as rooms fill up quickly. Download  PDF of the 2016 Hotel List (Prices may be out of Date)


You are encouraged to travel together as a team to COR.  If your church has a bus or van, consider contacting other churches in your area and share rides.  Once the list of 2017 COR LI grant churches has been finalized, we will share the list with you so that you can make carpool plans if you wish.



The Center will first pay your team’s registration fees to the Church of the Resurrection from your grant funds.

Following that, a check will be presented to your church at the Leadership Institute during the Wednesday evening photo time (5:55 in front of Wesley Covenant Chapel) to assist with your expenses.

The final $500 of your grant will be awarded to your church at your first follow-up Action Planning Gathering in the fall.

Your church will be responsible for distributing grant funds to your team for travel costs.



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