United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Leawood, Kansas

Founded in 1990, the Church of the Resurrection has grown into the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S. with 18,000 members. Seeking to expand and remodel its existing facility on a 76-acre site, the church added an acoustically versatile sanctuary seating 3,500 and converted the existing auditorium into a multi-purpose room.


Landscaped parking extends to an arrival plaza, welcoming the community to the sanctuary from all directions. Inside, a thrust chancel platform and a single balcony bring congregants close to the worship leaders, with a variety of seating types allowing flexibility in service size. Seven stainless-steel clad sails, inspired by the seven days of creation, alternate with diffuse slot windows to create a light-filled volume that draws attention upward for reflection, prayer and adoration.

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Reverend Adam Hamilton, pastor of Church of the Resurrection, describes in this video what it is about architecture that makes a space feel sacred.

Sacred Spaces: Inside the Sanctuary: the Impact of Light from Church of the Resurrection.