Leader Name
Craig Bess
Open For
08/13/2024 – 12/12/2024
Meeting Time
Once Weekly; 3 Class Options

This leadership course (previously called Freed To Lead) is designed for the mature Christian who is biblically literate and has experience leading small groups. Students who are most able to excel in this course are Bible teachers, pastors, Christian ministry leaders and anyone who knows the Bible well and leads groups of people. We are seeking to invest in people who are currently investing in others. This course focuses on your new identity in Christ and teaches participants to examine leadership motives in light of their own significance, security, and acceptance issues. Individual coaching is available from the course leader.

*It is highly recommended that students have a familiarity with the basic Freedom in Christ message as found in the Freedom in Christ Course or other foundational books such as Victory Over the Darkness and The Bondage Breaker.

The class includes one, 90-minute meeting per week in a small group Zoom setting. It runs for 17 instructional weeks. Participants will be expected to read one chapter of the course textbook per week (between 30-50 pages) and be prepared to discuss their observations during the weekly meeting. In addition, there is a process of self-examination that students will work through on their own that should take about 30 minutes per week to complete. During the length of the course, participants will work through two distinct processes: The Steps to Freedom in Christ and The Steps to Freedom for Leaders.


Some of the major topics covered in the course include:

  • Praying for your sphere of influence
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Identifying and removing personal strongholds
  • Building healthy people systems
  • Overcoming personal and group anxiety
  • Building and keeping trust
  • Overcoming personal pitfalls
  • Overcoming group pitfalls

Three course meeting options:

Day of the Week Class Time by Time Zone First Meeting Last Meeting
Tuesday 7:30-9 pm EASTERN
6:30-8 pm CENTRAL
5:30-7 pm MOUNTAIN
4:30-6 pm PACIFIC
August 13th December 10th
Wednesday 11 am-12:30 pm EASTERN
10-11:30 am CENTRAL
9-10:30 am MOUNTAIN
8-9:30 am PACIFIC
August 14th December 11th
Thursday 3-4:30 pm EASTERN
2-3:30 pm CENTRAL
1-2:30 pm MOUNTAIN
12-1:30 pm PACIFIC
August 15th December 12th

**This course is by application only. Please submit the form below. You will be contacted by the course leader. Once approved, you will receive the registration link.


Price: $199.  All materials listed below are included with registration.


Course Materials

Freed to Lead

The Steps to Freedom in Christ

Walking in Freedom

A Warrior's Prayerbook

Who I Am In Christ Devotional

Your Identity in Christ

Spiritual Warfare Prayers


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