UMC LEAD creates space for Christian leaders to be vulnerable and courageous, connects them around their hopes for the future, and equips them to bring those hopes into reality. LEADers see a vision of the kin-dom of God and are willing to go through hell to get there. We support them on the journey.

Each year, the LEAD Conference challenges assumptions. No one person has all the answers, and yet, we discover gems within each of us and our contexts. Ultimately, we value Christ’s presence in the other and between us as we consider the questions. This year, we will gather online from January 25-26, 2021.

Should I speak at LEAD?
People of all ages, backgrounds, and vocations are welcome to speak at LEAD and we encourage you to apply and share your unique voice. What insight or learning can you share from your setting whether ministry or non-ministry? How have your dreams, colossal failures, successes, or ways of pivoting made an impact on you or your community? What can others learn from your story?

What are the expectations if I’m selected to speak?
All LEAD speakers are also participants. You will share the online stage and learn from other presenters while engaging in online conversations with other participants throughout the conference. Presentation times are approximately 8-10 minutes. Previous LEAD speakers will coach each speakers through the LEAD process, and all presentations will be a launching point for discussion among LEAD participants, much like TED talks. Speakers will be expected to give their talks without notes.

If selected, we will ask you to pre-record your ORIGINAL talk to be shared during the conference and then released publicly at a later date. Your talk may NOT include a sales pitch for any book, product, or ministry support. However, we are especially focused on ideas and stories that will be beneficial to Christians across the vocational spectrum. Be specific, be authentic, and share your story. The goal is not to impress us with your knowledge, but to inspire others and collaborate together.

Since speakers are also participants, selected speakers for LEAD 2021 will not receive financial compensation. Speakers are expected to cover their own registration cost. As a speaker, you are expected to meet with your coach 3 times before your talk premieres at LEAD online.


Talk Topics:

1. Where have you seen God working in the last 8 months? Examples may include:
– Racial Justice Movement
– Election/Politics
– Other

2. How have you personally been changed/affected/grown in the past 8 months? Examples may include:
-Need for rest/sabbath and to not overproduce
-What have you let go of?
-What have you learned that you hope to take/leave moving forward?

3. How has God taught you and/or your ministry to bring community and joy in new ways?

4. Where is God leading you/your community forward in the months/years ahead?


Applications are due by December 1, 2020. You will be notified by December 15, 2020.

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