LEAD Program

4th March, 2011 - Posted by admin - No Comments


Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship
L.E.A.D. Program

Because UFMCC affirms the universal priesthood of all believers within its bylaws and recognizes that all members of the Church are called by God to a ministry of the Gospel of Christ in the Church and in the world, it is only fitting that MCC has created the L.E.A.D. Program to empower laity for active discipleship.

Download the LEAD Brochure


The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to offer lay leaders of UFMCC an opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world. The L.E.A.D curriculum will engage a variety of methods that include self-paced, instructor-led, and seminar-based training to support each individual’s learning style.


Participants begin the certification process by applying to the L.E.A.D. program and, upon acceptance, attending the Retreat offered by the Office of Formation and Leadership Development.

During the retreat participants are introduced to the program and basic principles of leadership development. In addition, individuals will work with faculty to create an individualized L.E.A.D Action Plan that spells out their goals and requirements for completion of the Certificate Program.


Participants complete 10 required modules/courses and a minimum of 4 elective modules/courses to earn the L.E.A.D. certificate. There are four broad areas of competencies that form the core of the L.E.A.D. Certificate:

  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Public Speaking and Leadership
  • Developing and Equipping Others
  • Situational and Strategic Leadership

For specific course requirements and more information, please download the L.E.A.D. Manual and Application Form.

LEAD Manual and Application (DOC)


LEAD Manual and Application (PDF)


Limited scholarships may be available.  To apply, click here.  LEAD Scholarship Application

 Nearly 100 MCC Lay People have already said yes to this incredible opportunity.
Will you be the next one to say yes to living out the plan God has for you?

Registration is now open for the Seventh U.S. Retreat for L.E.A.D., the Lay Leadership Certificate Program!

The L.E.A.D. (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Retreat will be held from 12 – 14 May 2014 at First MCC in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

The L.E.A.D. Certificate Program provides MCC laity with an opportunity for spiritual growth and the development of leadership skills. Persons who complete the L.E.A.D. Certificate will be placed on a Leader List available to Elders, Senior Staff, and MCC Clergy, for the purpose of creating a leadership pool from which to choose trained laity to serve in leadership positions in MCC at the local, denominational, and international levels.

The cost of the retreat is $350 USD, to cover the costs of all instruction and materials; this is payable once you have been accepted into the program.

Participants will be responsible for the costs of their own travel and accommodations.

The deadline for applications is 11 March 2014.  Completed applications should be sent to Marina Laws at MarinaLaws@MCCchurch.net.  If accepted, you will be given registration instructions and will be advised to book accommodation.