Some “What Ifs”


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When we think of developing leaders, we think of a certain type of person, a set body of information and skills, and appropriate ways to bring together the person, information and skills. This makes sense and is important to do. But here are some “what ifs” that might prove more than helpful.

What if the church were made up only of “pastors”?


Upside-Down Leadership


llm-nov14_foundationAs the world cheers us on to do more, be more, take more and get more, Scripture mandates a different kind of leadership for Christians and church leaders. The Bible, through the example of Jesus, exemplifies Christian leaders living lives of service, sacrifice and submission.

Want to be great?


A Fresh Look at Leadership Development


llm-nov14_featureI’m a lifelong Tour de France fan. For years, the soundtrack of July in my house has been the voices of Al Trautwig, Paul Sherwen, Phil Liggett and Bob Roll. For a month every year, the world’s finest cyclists gather for the ultimate test of strength, determination and strategy. The grueling road to Paris requires dealing effectively with friction. Teams organize around general contenders, but the sport’s strongest men don’t stand a chance without their domestiques taking the brunt of the wind and elements to position their guy for the win.

It takes 40 percent more energy to ride alone than in the slipstream of another rider. The leader, in yellow, almost never rides out front. Good teams protect their champion as long as they can. But there is always a moment when the leader has to pull out of the pocket and take on the wind alone. Wind matters. Dealing with it efficiently is everything.


Light & Life: November Issue


llm-nov14_covLearning to Lead

Leadership is a hot topic in corporate America. Popular business websites offer “Keys to Unlocking the Profitability in Thought Leadership” and “Leadership Lessons From an American Rowing Champion.”

These articles may contain valuable tips for Christian leaders (especially ones starting a church rowing team), but they may not reveal many of the principles taught by the person authors Bob Briner and Ray Pritchard describe as “the greatest leader in history” — Jesus Christ.

One of the Free Methodist bishops’ nine strategies ( is Develop Leaders: “We will raise up godly and competent leaders who support our vision and passionately make disciples. We will identify these leaders within our churches and provide opportunities for recruitment, internship and service.”

As we develop leaders, we should stay knowledgeable about the latest leadership research. At the same time, we want to make sure we follow Jesus’  example of servant leadership that might not be embraced in some corporate boardrooms.

This month’s LLM includes leadership experts who are using a Christ-centered approach to change the way churches think about leadership while ensuring that church leaders are fruitful in their efforts. Don’t miss what these godly and competent leaders have to say.


Downloadable PDF: LLM November 2014

Overreaction or Interaction?

By Jonathan McKee

“I don’t know why you spend any time looking at pop culture. All you need to know is in the Bible!”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that accusation. Just last week I blogged about the number one song teenagers are listening too and received criticism for even bringing it to attention.

Is pop culture something we even need to pay attention to?


Divine Comedy: A Heroic Lefty and a Hefty King


llm-oct14_disc2Have you heard the one about the fat man, the southpaw and the toilet?

Everyone loves a good joke. Well, almost everyone. The people who don’t like jokes usually are the people who are the brunt of jokes — those whose identities are made into punch lines. And after the story is told, they are the ones who others are laughing at — not laughing with.

Have you felt like that? Have you ever felt like people spend more time laughing at you than with you? Have you thought if your story were made into a movie, it would be a comedy with audiences around the world laughing in unison to your mistakes, failures or shortcomings?


Top Psychologist to Lead GC15 Group


Rob McKenna

When Free Methodists gather at General Conference 2015 in Orlando, one of the world’s most influential industrial-organizational psychologists will facilitate the discussion on leadership development.

The Human Resources MBA website recently named Rob McKenna, chair of Seattle Pacific University’s department of industrial-organizational psychologyand executive director of the university’s Center for Leadership Research and Development, as one of “The 30 Most Influential Industrial and Organizational Psychologists Alive Today.” McKenna founded Real Time Development Strategies and, an online leadership development portal used by the Free Methodist Church – USA and other groups. He will serve as the “Develop Leaders” strategy group facilitator for GC15, which will be held July 13–16.


Sustainable Empowerment through Economic Development

SEED is something which will be highlighted in our Gallery this month. If you want to learn more about how your purchasing can benefit others, please visit

Open magazine with blank pagesIn a globalized world, almost every Christmas gift we give is connected somehow to people in faraway places. Clothes, electronics, toys — most of what we buy has been made or assembled by workers in another country. ICCM and SEED provide much more personal, beneficial global connections.

Choosing a College

If you are interested in learning more about what the Free Methodist Church offers for higher education, check out the latest issue of Light & Life Magazine and their Higher Education Guide.

Free Methodists to Offer Legal Services for Immigrants

et6vmiUwbLl3jm3E2YfEUS1uBzxfxF5OM_wkPs4KLAoThe Free Methodist Church – USA is joining 14 other evangelical denominations to form the Immigration Alliance —a national effort that equips local churches to provide legal services to under-resourced immigrants.