St. Luke's United Methodist Church


4851 S. Apopka-Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32819


LEAD at St. Luke’s


Lead at St Lukes Logo-02

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.

For more life-changing experiences, click “Courses” below.


St. Luke’s has become a leader in partnering with other like-minded organizations to effect individual and community transformation from the ground up. The following courses will be instrumental in enabling participants to reflect and effect change.

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.

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.

For information on scholarships and group rates, please contact Lynette Fields at

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

The Bible in 12 Words


Increase awareness and understanding of global issues of justice, peace and reconciliation through international tours and local immersive experiences, such as an alternative spring break and internships for college students is central to the Exploration curriculum of LEAD.

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.

Holy Land Dialogue Tour with Pastor Bill and Gary Mason: January 2020

Kim and Bill hosted their final traditional Holy Land tour last May, after leading groups since the 1980’s. Now Bill is offering a different opportunity to visit the key Jewish and Christian sites while engaging in meaningful dialogue with Israeli Jews and Palestinian Christians and Muslims. Bill’s good friend and peace advocate, Dr. Gary Mason, has been working extensively in the Holy Land building bridges of understanding and trust among the various people who live in this extraordinary land of faith. Because the nuances of ethnic, religious, and political divisions are so often difficult for persons outside the region to comprehend, Gary and Bill have developed what they are calling “Dialogue Tours” through Educational Opportunities. These shorter trips will combine holy site visitation, personal interaction with residents, and theological and sociological lectures and discussion.  Find out more about this January 2020 trip with Gary and Bill here:

Or look for a brochure in the information racks in the Barnes Learning Center Lobby, located on second floor of Founders Hall.


Everyone is a leader. LEAD initiatives are developed for individuals, churches, non-profits, governmental agencies and corporations who are committed to making a difference in their own community, as well as communities across the world.

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.

Steve Schneeberger , Executive Director for LEAD
phone: 407.876.4991 *237

Dr. William S Barnes, Teaching Pastor
Phone: 407.876.4991 *231

Lynette Fields, Executive Director of Community Transformation
phone: 407-876-4991 * 230

Danielle Cox, Administrator for LEAD
Phone: 407.876.4991 *238

LEAD also offers customized coaching, consulting and onsite training. Please, ask how we might meet your needs.


Scroll for
More Content