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

LeadershipFirst is the brand name of Leadership Development at FUMCR. The process includes networking, relationship building, practical education and leadership experiences surrounding:

  • History and legacy of leadership at FUMCR
  • Discernment of where 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

Opportunties for involvement with LeadershipFirst include an Overview Experience and Project Moses. See the tabs below for more information.

Watch Steering Team Members and LeadershipFirst Overview participants as they talk about the importance of Leadership Development for FUMCR, the community and the world.

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 will be held in spring and fall of 2015.  For more information contact .

Members of Fall 2014 LeadershipFirst Pilot class are seen in the photo below.

Project Moses

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


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.

How can I learn more about LeadershipFirst?
Contact , Director of Leadership Development, 972.996.0156.


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


Staff Liaison

Staff_Beth_Smith.jpgBeth Smith
Director of Leadership Development




Price Newton

Remarkable people are met through LeadershipFirst. Read More

LeadershipFirst....a blessing!

LeadershipFirst....a blessing!

Bruce Batman

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

I Believe in LeadershipFirst...

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