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16 March - 18 March
Announcing an exciting new partnership between
MCC Austin and the OFLD LEAD Program!
16th, 17th & 18th March 2018
MCC Austin, Austin, TX
One of the visions of ministry developed by the UFMCC Governing Board and Senior Leadership Team is to “build leadership development into all we do.” In pursuit of this vision, lay leaders in MCC are encouraged to apply for the next retreat for the L.E.A.D. program (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship), which is the first step toward obtaining the UFMCC lay leader certificate. The purpose of the certificate program 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 their local church, the denomination, and the world.
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.
Five years ago the Office of Formation and Leadership Development launched a certificate program for lay leadership development. Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship offers a retreat, webinars and courses that equip people to be better leaders for their local church and the denomination. The cost of completion of the program ranges from approximately $1000-$1500.
MCC has raised funds over the years to help defray the cost of this program and make it more accessible
MCC of Austin at Freedom Oaks, TX, is partnering with UFMCC to set aside monies on a monthly basis to fund up to 18 participants per year for two years to complete the LEAD program.
The funds would pay for registration for the LEAD retreat (normally $350) at MCC Austin. The church will also provide housing and meals for participants during the retreat. Retreat participants would only need to pay for their travel, plus a $100 matriculation fee. In addition, all online courses that are required or electives for completion of the LEAD program will be paid for through the Pilot Project (a $600 value). Online courses must be completed within a year.
Rev. Karen Thompson of MCC Austin noted in the proposal, “MCC Austin has benefited greatly from the Office of Formation and Leadership Development’s LEAD program. Because of participation in and completion of the LEAD program by several of our lay leaders, our ministries have grown and the spirituality of our congregation has deepened. Because we believe so strongly in this program, and in the importance of empowered and equipped lay leaders for our local churches, MCC Austin is proposing this Pilot Project for the next two years.”
Scholarship funds are available to cover a portion of the matriculation fee and to assist with other fees associated with course work or events that are necessary to the complete the LEAD certificate requirements. The scholarship application can be found here: LEAD Scholarship Form
For those participants currently enrolled in the LEAD program please remember that there is a scholarship fund available to assist you in the completion of your requirements.
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?
The next LEAD retreat will be held at:
MCC Austin, 16th to 18th March 2018
(Note: start time for the retreat is 5 pm US Central/11pm UTC,
and end time is 5 pm US Central / 11pm UTC.)
Space is limited to 18 participants per year and an application to the program is required.
Applications for 2018 can be submitted now, for consideration.
For those who are approved there will be a one time $100 matriculation fee payable at the time the application is processed and approved.