Equipping Christians to be passionate servant leaders in the Church and community

FUMCR's LeadershipFirst process includes networking, relationship building, practical education and leadership experiences surrounding:

  • History and legacy of leadership at FUMCR
  • Discernment of where one's God-given talents and spirit-filled passions align with leadership opportunities
  • Generational/Transitional leadership / multi-generational teams
  • Succession planning
  • Two-way mentorship
  • UMC leadership structure and education about various ministry areas within the church
  • Overview Experience

    The Overview Experience brings approximately 25 participants into 4-5 separate learning opportunities which are designed to:
     - Help build relationships;
     - Provide education about personal leadership; and
     - Foster discernment about where talents and passions align with opportunity at FUMCR.

    Classes are held each spring and fall. Fall 2014 Overview Experience Pilot class is pictured below.


  • Project Moses
    Project Moses will involve approximately 15 participants over a 9-month period, Fall 2015 - Spring 2016. It will encompass:
     - Deeper leadership discernment;
     - Opportunities to impact the church in real-time, experiential leadership through a group project; and
     - A component on stewardship and giving.

  • Stories

    Do you have a story to share about how LeadershipFirst has been impactful for you? Share your story here.

    Read others' stories below.

  • FAQs

    What is LeadershipFirst?
    LeadershipFirst is an intentional process by which current and potential leaders are:
      - Identified and connected to each other;
      - Equipped with knowledge and resources; and
      - Challenged and supported to take steps toward ensuring the continued success of their ministries.

    Why is LeadershipFirst important to the church?
    LeadershipFirst will provide an ongoing resource for intentional, purposeful leadership that fosters sustainability for the future of FUMCR.

    How is LeadershipFirst important to me?
    LeadershipFirst offers faith-based opportunities for personal growth in the areas of self-discovery, leadership development, networking and education.

  • Alumni
    Upon completion of a LeadershipFirst experience, participants will have access to a variety of resources for networking and further education. (coming soon)

  • Contact
    Beth Smith
    Director of Leadership Development
    Karen Varner






Price Newton

Remarkable people are met through LeadershipFirst. Read More

LeadershipFirst....a blessing!



Bruce Batman

Being involved has given me an even deeper appreciation for our great church. . . . Read More

I Believe in LeadershipFirst...



Cathy Chen

When I was first invited to be a LeadershipFirst participant I admit I was excited but a bit hesitant. Read More