St. Luke's United Methodist Church


8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Contemporary


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


LEAD at St. Luke’s

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LEAD at St. Luke’s is a faith based non-profit learning center for clergy and laity providing leadership development opportunities to increase ministry effectiveness of churches in the local community and the world.

Sample Courses

Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.)

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 questions email Executive Director Steve Schneeberger at or call 407-257-7673.h

Planning for Mission Effectiveness

Gain insight into emerging trends in mission work and practical tools for developing mission strategies.

Facilitated by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church mission directors Lynette Fields, Executive Director of Missions, and Mariam Mengistie, Director of Mission Development. These leaders have over 40 years of combined experience in the missions field.

Participants will learn:

  • Wesleyan grounding for “why” we are called to mission work
  • Mission strategy development
  • Resources for increasing mission effectiveness
  • Mission evaluation tools
  • Best practices for community relations
  • How to move an organization’s focus from relief to development

Who should attend?

  • Pastors
  • Pastors
  • Church staff
  • Lay leaders

Attendees will leave this workshop with practical tools that can be applied immediately in the mission field.

For questions email Executive Director Steve Schneeberger at or call 407-257-7673.


Financial Summit


2018 Dates and Speaker Schedule Coming Soon!

Sample International Initiatives

LEAD at St. Luke’s courses will offer attendees increased awareness of global issues of justice, peace, and reconciliation through immersive experiences. Christian leaders are called to witness to and act for peace in the world, in their communities and their congregations.

Sample Dialogue Tours

8-10 day intensive learning experiences in Northern Ireland/Ireland or Israel/Palestine. Participants may tour sites associated with the Judeo-Christian tradition (Biblical tours in Israel) and have lectures from and visits with persons involved in the conflicts in each setting. The program in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will focus on the pre-and post Good Friday Peace Accord of 1998 relationships between opposing groups and look at the challenges of reconciliation in a post-conflict environment. In Israel, 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.


Social Justice in Northern Ireland (Dialogue Series)

Spend a week in Belfast exploring the beauty of Northern Ireland while learning about the historic peace work that produced the Good Friday Accord in 1998. After decades of sectarian violence that divided Catholics and Protestants, peace advocates in Northern Ireland are working to bridge the cultural and social separation that still exists. Meet former combatants and key leaders collaborating for reconciliation


Project Daniel (Still in the exploratory stage)

Project Daniel seeks to engage peace partners in the work of reconciliation, justice, and hope for all of the children of Palestine and Israel. Participants will experience a Dialogue Tour to Israel/Palestine, then select an area for continued engagement, either locally in Israel or Palestine that matches their gifts and abilities in order to invest themselves firsthand in the peace work. These options will include peace and reconciliation work on the ground in Israel/Palestine or advocacy at home.


Human Rights Advocacy in Argentina

Dialogue tours in collaboration with the Evangelical Methodist Church in Argentina (IEMA) focusing on Human Rights with the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights, founded in 1975.


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