The following are classes offered by the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.  Online classes are offered intermittently and registration information will be updated as it is received.

REVM (Readiness for Entering Vocational Ministry) Retreat – details coming soon

Clergy Retreat – “Whole-Hearted Ministry” – details coming soon

Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat – YALMR – 10th to 13th March 2016
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The 2016 YALMR program has been redesigned by a group of young adults and has been altered to allow graduates to return for deeper mentorship.

This will be the last YALMR with Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson as acting Moderator, so mark your calendar for 10-13 March 2016 at Sunshine Cathedral in Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. Registration is only $50!

This retreat is designed for individuals interested in serving more deeply in a local church or serving MCC beyond the local level. The faculty includes denominational leaders and staff who will provide participants with an opportunity for discernment about improving leadership skills in an MCC global context while building relationships with other young adults in leadership positions around the denomination.

The program will include leadership training, relationship building exercises, worship, and small group activities. In the small group, you will have the opportunity to discern in a clearness committee and design your own plan for improving your leadership skills, preparing for a new ministry opportunity or taking next steps on a project.

Application link: YALMR Application 2016

If you are interested in applying to participate in the Young Adult Leadership Mentoring Retreat, please submit the following information to the Office of Formation and Leadership Development:

Contact/Demographic information:

  • Name, Address, Email Address, Phone Number
  • Gender Identity, Age
  • MCC church of which you are a member
  • Senior Pastor’s name and email address

Brief Essay:

  1. Describe your history with MCC and your passion for it: maximum three pages double-spaced.
  1. Define or explore the area(s) in which you may want to seek discernment and mentorship in either in a local church setting or Global MCC context: maximum three pages double-spaced.

Select two individuals to serve as references and ask each person to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf attesting to your qualifications to be selected to the Leadership Mentoring Retreat. Please ask those providing references to submit letters to Marina Laws by 1 February 2016.

Costs/Application Review:
The Leadership Mentoring Retreat Faculty will review applications. Only eighteen participants will be accepted into this retreat program. Participants are expected to cover their travel costs, hotel and food costs in addition to a registration fee of $50.

If you need scholarship support for lodging, meals, or tuition, review the options below and list one of them on your application. Scholarship opportunities are very limited. Registration fees will be due by 15 February

If you have any questions, please contact: Lauren Bennett [] or Marina Laws []

Location:  The retreat will be held at Sunshine Cathedral in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA. Participants are invited to make a hotel reservation at the Ramada Inn Airport/Cruise Port using the Metropolitan Community Churches group block. Participants are encouraged to reserve a room when turning in their application by calling Maria Kaae: 954.584.4000 x521. The room rates are: $110+tax 10 March and $140+tax 11-12 March. Rooms can be shared with up to 4 people.

Applicants should arrive at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport. Applicants should arrive in time to start at 1pm on the 10th. The program will finish at noon on the 13th.

Sunshine Cathedral will coordinate transportation to and from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the church each day. There is continental breakfast at the hotel and lunch will be provided. Dinner will a time to fellowship with others and will be on one’s own.

DeadlineSubmit applications to the Office of Formation and Leadership Development by: 1 February 2016. Applicants will be notified soon after the deadline about the status of their acceptance into the Leadership Mentoring Retreat.