The Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, is the recipient of the 2010 Perkins School of Theology Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The award recognizes a Perkins graduate who has demonstrated effectiveness and integrity in service to the church, continuing support and involvement in the goals of Perkins School of Theology and SMU, distinguished service in the wider community, and exemplary character.
Rev. Hamilton was appointed in 1990 to a start-up mission in Leawood, Kansas, a southern suburb of Kansas City. He has overseen the growth of that congregation, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, into one of the largest in United Methodism, with a membership of more than 12,000.
Following is the text of his acceptance speech. You may also hear/download a recording of the speech or read more about him.
Hamilton frames his remarks:
... But I’m going to do that by speaking of three tasks I think we must be about if we are going to be effective Christian leaders today. We must,
• Preach sermons that speak to both the head and the heart
• Help people make sense of God in the light of their experience of the world
• Help churches move from an inward focus to an outward, missional focus.
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