Adam Hamilton Talks Are Open to All, Not Just Those Attending ACS

May 26, 2011

The keynote speaker at the 2011 Annual Conference Session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, meeting in Sacramento in June, will be Adam Hamilton – and his talks on the subject "Leading Beyond the Walls" are open to all.

Hamilton will speak on Thursday evening, June 16 from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and in two sessions the following day (Friday June 17), at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., with a book signing sandwiched between them.
Adam Hamilton is the author of 11 books, including Leading Beyond the Walls: Developing Congregations with a Heart for the Unchurched (Jan. 2002), Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White (April 2008), 24 Hours that Changed the World (Dec. 2009), When Christians Get It Wrong (Aug. 2010), his newest book, Why? Making Sense of God's Will (released in April).
He is senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas – one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country. Listed as the most influential mainline church in America in a 2005 survey of American pastors (The Church Report), The UM Church of the Resurrection has grown from four people (at its founding in 1990) to more than 17,000 adult members with an average weekly worship attendance of more than 7,500. It has a three-fold focus:
* Reaching non-religious and nominally religious people and helping them become committed followers of Jesus Christ;
* Equipping and inspiring members to live their faith in mission to the community and the world; and
* Acting as a catalyst for renewing the mainline Church.
Hamilton earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He has been awarded two honorary doctorates and numerous other awards, including: Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church (by the Foundation for Evangelism), the Circuit Rider Award for excellence in church leadership, the 2010 Perkins Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the B'nai B'rith award in Social Ethics. 
Named one of the top "Ten People to Watch in America's Spiritual Landscape" by PBS's "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly," Hamilton has been featured and interviewed on CNN's "The Lou Dobbs Show" and in such publications as Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Church Executive. He currently serves as a Trustee at Saint Paul School of Theology and as a member of the Kansas East Board of Professional Ministry. 
Adam Hamilton lectures on leadership, evangelism, and preaching across the country. Follow him on his blog, Seeing Gray, at
If you have questions about coming to Sacramento to hear Adam Hamilton, please contact Cate Monaghan at , Jane Horstman at , or the Rev. Linda Caldwell at . You also may call Cal-Nev UMC Communications at 916.374.1529 or 916.374.1518.