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 (PDF) or LEAD Brochure (doc)


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


Limited scholarships may be available.  To apply, download the LEAD Scholarship Application

 Over 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?

Look for information soon about the next LEAD retreat in 2015!

LEAD Manual and Application
Scholarship Application

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. Registration information for the next LEAD retreat will be available soon.

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

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.

Future L.E.A.D. Programs – SAVE THE DATES

9-12 October 2015 – Water of Life MCC, Tucson, AZ (USA)
Application Deadline: August 28th 2015

15-18 January 2016 – Church of the Trinity, Sarasota, FL (USA)

7-10 October 2016 – All God’s Children MCC, Minneapolis, MN (USA)

Donate Now to Support Lay Leadership Development in MCC
MCC Announces the Judy Dale Scholarship Fund for Lay Leadership

JudyDaleMetropolitan Community Churches is pleased to establish a scholarship fund in honor and memory of our iconic lay leader, Ms. Judy Dale. Judy’s service as a District Coordinator, her presence on MCC boards and councils, and her steadfast commitment to the priesthood of all believers has shaped the ministry of the laity in MCC for years to come. Rev. Dee Dale, Judy’s beloved partner, has approved the establishment of this scholarship fund.

Money received for this fund will provide scholarships for the LEAD program, MCC’s premier lay leadership training program. These scholarships will allow persons to participate in the initial LEAD retreat as well as offer some financial support for current participants to complete course requirements. Currently there are 67 people in the LEAD program in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australasia. LEAD retreats are scheduled for Atlanta, GA in May and the Philippines in September 2014.

If you would like to honor Judy’s ministry by making a donation to the scholarship fund, you can send a check to MCC, P.O. Box 50488, Sarasota, FL 32432 with “Judy Dale Scholarship” in the memo line, or you can donate online here and include the same memo reference.