LEAD at St. Luke’s partners with individuals, churches, non-profits, governmental agencies and corporations to develop effective leaders so they may transform people, congregations and communities across the globe.
Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)
The Cost of Poverty Experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical low-income family in the U.S. It is a two hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. C.O.P.E. is an invaluable experience for people who, instead of merely talking about poverty as a problem, choose to be part of the solution to end poverty. This training is appropriate for middle school age and older individuals and for everyone serving locally. For specific information customized for your group click here.
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Candler School of Theology Courses
Candler School of Theology in Atlanta has been a premier seminary for over 100 years. It now brings its expert faculty to Orlando via distance learning. Excited learners will be able to participate weekly in a full seminary course with students in Atlanta by taking the class in our Distance Learning Classroom in the Barnes Learning Center. You may be able to choose to audit (course access), enroll as a student (through Candler) or gain continuing education credit. Enroll today for the next class.
Parables of Jesus
with Dr. Steve Kraftchick
This course focuses on the parables of Jesus in their literary and historical context and comparing them to ancient and modern forms of parabolic language (e.g., Rabbinic, Greek poetry, modern authors such as Borges, Kafka, etc.). You will engage directly with the Dr. Kraftchick through video conferencing and the student learning management system, Canvass. This course is capped at 20. So, register now to reserve your spot.
August 23 – December 6
$350 for course access (audit) + books
Cultural Intelligence (CQ)
Cultural Intelligence or Cultural Quotient (CQ) is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts. CQ is assessed using a nationally academically validated assessment. The higher the CQ, the easier it is for one to adapt to various other contexts. CQ can grow with training and an action plan. LEAD provides this in one course or a series of experiences. Enhance the multicultural understanding and effectiveness of global or local mission teams with this evidence-based assessment of Cultural Intelligence.
Mission Effectiveness 101: Moving Beyond Benevolence
Explore ways to balance charity or relief work with initiatives that are relational and measure long-term impact. Participants will discuss how to move beyond charity and benevolence toward a balance of missions that includes betterment and development. The workshop will discuss mission from a United Methodist and Wesleyan perspective, what the Bible says about poverty, and asset-based development. This course provides a safe environment in which to explore how to understand diversity, the personal filter one takes into the field when serving, and serving with people from very different backgrounds.
Mission Effectiveness 201: Building Healthy Community Partnerships
Build healthy community partnerships to maximize mission effectiveness. Manage the requests from the ever-growing non-profits asking for money and volunteers. Determine what new areas of outreach your church or organization should begin. Are the people being served involved in shaping the efforts of the initiatives meant to serve them?
Explore some of the best practices in mission emerging across the country. See one model of assessment that could be adapted to be used with your community and global partners and for starting new initiatives with a strong foundation.
Mission Effectiveness 301: Community Transformation Transforming Congregations and Organizations
Develop tools for a place-based community transformation strategy. Discover ways your congregation, corporation or governmental entity will transform in the process.
This workshop walks participants through 6 critical components that are necessary to do an in-depth outcomes-oriented community initiative. The rate of poverty in the United States has not gone down in over a generation. If churches, corporations and governmental entities are willing to refocus their perspective on mission, they could be a key player in finally changing that alarming reality.
Six Critical Components include:
- Quality volunteer experiences are not enough.
- Congregational Transformation MUST happen alongside Community Transformation
- It is vital to listen to your Community
- Shift the focus to a place and its assets rather than focusing on THE problems
- Lead by Stepping Back
- Dismantle Obstacles Preventing Change
FAITH BASED TOURS
There are many “hot spots” in our world where prejudice has led to heated civil wars and/or ethnic cleansing. Some are in the process of recovering their humanity towards one another. In our dialogue tours, we will focus on the best practices coming out of three international sites, Eastern Europe, Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine. Dr. Gary Mason of Rethinking Conflict and Bill Barnes of LEAD will facilitate dialogue, revealing the struggle on both sides as well as the steps towards reconciliation and peace. An important application of the dialogue tour will be to help participants apply these steps in areas where reconciliation and peace need to be achieved in the United States. Sign up for the next Dialogue Tour.
Conversations in the Holy Land
January 16-24, 2019
Starting at $2,998
In Israel and Palestine, while visiting important historical sites participants will live for several days in a kibbutz in northern Israel and be in conversation with Israeli Jews. Then they will live for several days in Bethlehem and be in conversation with Palestinians.
Register at EO Tours Tour: HL19 Date:01/16/19 Code: Y ID: 58207
The Journeys of Paul in Greece
May 11-18, 2019
Starting at $2,998
9 days in Greece, departing May 11, 2019, with optional free time in Athens or a 4 day cruise to the Greek Isles and Ephesus, Turkey. Follow the footsteps of Paul as he brought the Good News of God’s love in Christ to Europe. The land portion of the trip ends in Athens, but you can join Bill and Kim on the optional cruise to the stunning islands of the Aegean Sea.
Register at EO Tours Tour: PA19 Date:05/11/19 Code: B ID: 58207
Oberammergau Passion Play and Danube River Cruise
July 1-12, 2020
Starting at $5,998
12 days in Germany, Austria, and Hungary. Because the first trip date in June 2020 was quickly sold out, Bill and Kim are offering a second itinerary. See the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed for over 380 years for only one summer each decade. The next performances will be in 2030. Following the play, enjoy an 8 day cruise on the Danube to Budapest.
Register at EO Tours Tour: RC20 Date: 07/01/20 Code: L ID: 58207
Facilitators include distinguished subject matter experts in the fields of mission effectiveness, community transformation, peaceful reconciliation of conflict, building interfaith and cross cultural relationships and leadership development.
Leading this effort are the following staff people.
LEAD also offers customized coaching, consulting and onsite training. Please, ask how we might meet your needs.