Lay Programs

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MCC takes seriously our belief in the “priesthood of all believers.”  As such, laity are the largest source of leadership for MCC.  We are committed to assisting Laity with resources, educational/formational opportunities, and multiple avenues for connection.

If you have any questions, please contact

We are also committed to funding these ministries:

The Judy Dale Scholarship Fund for Lay Leadership

Metropolitan Community Churches has a scholarship fund in honor and memory of our iconic lay leader, Ms. Judy Dale. Judy’s service as a District Coordinator, her presence on MCC boards and councils, and her steadfast commitment to the priesthood of all believers has shaped the ministry of the laity in MCC for years to come. Rev. Dee Dale, Judy’s beloved partner, approved the establishment of this scholarship fund.

Money received for this fund will primarily provide scholarships for the LEAD program, MCC’s premier lay leadership training program. These scholarships will allow persons to participate in the initial LEAD retreat as well as offer some financial support for current participants to complete course requirements.

If you would like to honor Judy’s ministry by making a donation to the scholarship fund, click here.

LEAD – Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship



Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship

L.E.A.D. Program

Because UFMCC affirms the universal priesthood of all believers within its bylaws and recognizes that all members of the Church are called by God to a ministry of the Gospel of Christ in the Church and in the world, it is only fitting that MCC has created the L.E.A.D. Program to empower laity for active discipleship.


The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to offer lay leaders of UFMCC an opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world. The L.E.A.D curriculum will engage a variety of methods that include self-paced, instructor-led, and seminar-based training to support each individual’s learning style.


Participants begin the certification process by applying to the L.E.A.D. program and, upon acceptance, attending the Retreat.

During the retreat participants are introduced to the program and basic principles of leadership development. In addition, individuals will work with faculty to create an individualized L.E.A.D Action Plan that spells out their goals and requirements for completion of the Certificate Program.


Participants complete required modules/courses, as well as elective modules/courses, to earn the L.E.A.D. certificate.

There are four broad areas of competencies that form the core of the L.E.A.D. Certificate:

  • Spiritual Maturity
  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness
  • Developing and Equipping Others
  • Situational / Strategic Leadership

LEAD Information by Region

Region USA and Canada L.E.A.D. Europe L.E.A.D. Australia L.E.A.D.

US L.E.A.D. Manual

LEAD Retreat


What LEAD Graduates are Saying About the Program

Engaging and completing the Lead Program was exciting, interesting and at times challenging. It created the opportunity for me to explore further issues of transition, change and activism for human rights, all of which has supported my journey in ministry and as a member of MCC.

Kai Liron

(Europe LEAD 2017 Graduate)

“Attending the LEAD Retreat enriched my journey with guidance, support and a spiritual high I had not experienced before. As I completed courses on the LEAD plan, my confidence grew and I received enrichment to help me become a better leader for my church and UFMCC in the future.”

Laticia Williams

(US LEAD 6 Graduate)

“Several of the required courses for the L.E.A.D. Certificate were a total immersion into the purposeful start, history and supreme sacrifices of the many who fought for the equality of all: but specifically of the LGBT community of GOD’s children. These courses brought me all the way from the start to today, and made our history come to life.”

Benjamin Bromley

(US LEAD 7 Graduate)

Over 100 MCC Lay People have already said yes to this incredible opportunity. Will you be the next one to say yes to living out the plan God has for you?

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